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Christopher Nolan Interstellar Movie Theories

This is new territory for me here at THinc.  But this is a Christopher Nolan movie that is coming so I’m guessing that all bets are off when it comes to the man.  So, just today, over on The Prestige thread, we were talking about Nolan and the coming movie, and I figured heck… let’s give it a shot and see what we kind of ideas and theories we can come up with for the most anticipated movie of the year.  (Well, for me anyway.  By the way, if you are looking forward to a movie more than Interstellar I want to hear about it immediately.)

Nolan’s Oeuvre Review

Before we jump into all the facts we have so far and potential theories of what could possibly be going on, I figured it might be worthwhile to discuss what the Nolan brothers have already done.  Because I think there is definitely some good juice there for us to consider as we talk possibilities later on.

FOLLOWING  – weird movie about a strange writer that follows people to get new material for his work and a thief that takes him under his wing.  Good heavens I hope there isn’t anything here to be drawn from.  Puh-lease!

MEMENTO – one of the greatest movies of all time about someone with a condition memory condition that doesn’t allow him to remember anything beyond ten or fifteen minutes.  The movie is told mainly backwards, which could be the most relevant piece to remember here.  (Hahah. See what I did there?)  Nolan has incredible editing and choreography skills when it comes to crafting cinema.

THE DARK KNIGHT – dark is the key word here.  Nolan took Batman and the super hero movie to all new levels.  Nolan went big from a cinematography standpoint with an IMAX negative that was truly amazing.  We can be guaranteed amazing visuals throughout this sci-fi special effects extravaganza.

THE PRESTIGE – this is my own personal favorite Nolan movie.  Unreliable narrators.  Deception, layers upon layers of deception.  The characters are lying to other characters.  The director and the script writer are lying to the audience.  Everybody is lying to everybody… and there isn’t even a hint of hollywood-ness to this at all.  The take away here is that Nolan will not be confined by the big box office or the demands of his investors.  Prepare to be surprised.

INCEPTION – 007 meets the dream master.  International espionage.  Fantastical environments and innovative new realities to play within.  Layers within layers within layers.  The layers of Inception and the rest of his movies maybe are biggest take away from this review of his work.  Nolan prefers his tricks to come in threes. By that I mean, threes within threes, within threes.  He likes his movies on the far side of confusing.

The Players

Christopher Nolan has pulled together a fairly impressive cast for Interstellar.  At first I wondered if Matthew McConaughey would be the right choice for a lead.  But after his year last year (think Mud, Dallas Buyer’s Club, etc) I’m thinking I may just have been wrong.  McConaughey has shown he has the chops to pull it off.  Anne Hathaway is in the role of Brand and will be accompanying Cooper into space.  Jessica Chastain plays the role of Cooper’s grown daughter, Murph.  We can definitely posit quite a lot from this particular casting choice.  The fact that so much star power was placed in this role means that a significant portion of the movie will happen after the launch into space.  Assuming of course that the trip itself will take years and years, or that there is time travel involved.  We also are treated to Topher Grace, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow and others.  But the obvious casting choice of the movie turns out be Michael Caine, who has worked on Christopher’s movies since he worked on The Prestige with Nolan.    

Interstellar – What Are The Facts?

Since everything we know so far comes from three trailers, I figured I would include them here for your review:

Interstellar Facts

So, what do we have? The big details seem to be that the world is a dust bowl. It looks like the world is heading towards Mad Max territory with an energy crisis of global proportions. So, the planet is on the verge of disaster. Enter Cooper, a farmer?, with two young kids that he is terribly worried about. Somehow, Cooper finds himself being asked to save the fate of the planet through a latch ditch effort to find a way for the human race.  Or something.

To continue with the information that we have so far, the script was originally written by Jonathan Nolan, Christopher’s brother. (Who isn’t a slouch, seeing as though he was the individual that shared his Memento Mori idea with his brother initially and then from there Chris spun his idea out into the truly Memento.) The film was picked up to be directed by Steven Spielberg. (Which would not have gone well I’m sure of.) Spielberg, backs away and then moves on to Robopocolypse (Which has since be shelved for a rewrite I believe?) After which, Christopher decided to sign up as the director, and brings “His Original Idea” to the script. Right? Let’s remember all the times that Nolan has jumped in to help his brother out with an original idea of his own. Wait, its been basically every movie that Nolan has ever directed.

We know that Nolan utilized the IMAX 70 mm negative more than he has used for any other movie, which is really saying something.  If you had a chance to experience any of the Dark Knight movies or Inception in IMAX you know that it is a truly awe inspiring experience to witness.  When the action scenes kick in and the screen flips to the entirety of  that massive IMAX screen it can be even overwhelming to watch.  Data seems to ooze out of your ears its coming at you so fast.  But other than the fact that the movie will be amazing to watch, doesn’t help us much in our efforts to decode this enormous movie.

Probably one of the biggest details that has just been released are these two quotes from Nolan:

“It’s a very classically constructed movie,” says Nolan, “but the freshness of the narrative elements really enhance it. I liken it to the blockbusters I grew up with as a kid, family films in the best sense: edgy, incisive, challenging.”

 

 

 “It’s almost a mirror image of ‘Inception.’ It expands out in the way ‘Inception’ contracts inwards.”

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Interstellar One Sheet Details

We also know from the one sheets that were released last week that there are four dramatically different worlds to be explored.  Earth, the dustbowl.  Space, the wormhole.  Unknown world 1, water world.  And unknown world 2, ice world.  What are these worlds that Cooper will be exploring?  I think that is the meat of what we will be discussing in the theories below.  That is where this conversation becomes truly interesting.  Where the most details come from isn’t the backdrops though, it may be their tag lines:

  • “Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.” (Desert)
  • “Go further.” (Space)
  • “Mankind’s next step will be our greatest.” (Water)
  • “The end of Earth will not be the end of us.” (Ice)

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Interstellar Scientific Theory

We also know that there are key scientific mental constructs inspired by the theories of Caltech astrophysicist Kip Thorne. Doing a little digging, I learned that Kip’s key relevant theory in this space is that wormholes can be utilized for time travel.

Thorne basically posits that there are areas where the spacetime is ‘warped’ – and in these areas there could exist wormholes, which would be propped up by this warped spacetime. Very simply, wormholes (or Einstein-Rosen bridges) fit into the theory of general relativity; different masses could place varying amounts of pressure on this ‘folding’ of spacetime, resulting in a ‘shortcut’ or direct link between different areas, making travel across galaxies possible without the need for advanced technology or ships that would take millennia to invent and construct. Think of a piece of paper folded in two and a something thread through both sides – this would be the bridge. This is a simplified example to attempt to give an analogy to something that is potentially un-visualizable as we’re looking at four dimensions here – not just two.

If you didn’t get any of that, no worries.  But you should know that Kip Thorne is so instrumental to this picture that he is physically involved with the creation of the movie.  So much so that his work has earned him an Executive Producer credit on the film.  Bottom line, we should be asking ourselves why exactly is theoretical physics and wormhole theory such an instrumental part of this movie?

The answer has to be that it is because we know that Nolan loves to base his movie’s grounding upon the bedrock of scientific realism, even if fantastically spun.  Think Memento and the true mental disorder that movie was based on.  Or better yet Inception and the science of dream theory that that movie was based upon.  But the real movie that carried this even further was The Prestige which was largely based on the work of Tesla and Edison.  Kip makes sense for a foundational standpoint.  Nolan will take Kip Thorn’s scientific theory of Wormhole Time Travel and then turn it upside down again to take it closer to his “Original Idea”.

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The Theories

First, let me say that nothing I’m about to say is intentionally a spoiler.  But it could obviously potentially be right.  So I think with all of that information I think we can already see some themes and possibilities playing out.  We know that Christopher Nolan is a Director that enjoys turning an idea upside down.  We also know that Jonathan is a writer that is capable of truly crazy ideas that can make your brain hurt to consider them.  We have a planet on the verge of collapse.  And a space agency that has ideas on how they might solve the problem for the entire species.

Theory #1 – Viable Planet Search – This theory is fairly basic.  The earth is in jeopardy and the human species is need of a new home.  NASA creates a new interstellar spaceship that utilizes wormholes in order to travel long distances by finding folds in space.  This is needed in order to discover a different home for the citizens of earth.  Cooper and Bran are our intrepid explorers and they will try several planets before they discover a suitable planet.  The movie then becomes a veritable Gravity, survive the chaos, sort of space travel movie.

Issues: This is an awful idea.  This may have been the initial idea when Spielberg was still at the helm and Jonathan was the main author of the script.  But only Spielberg would have been ok with that sort of a script.  But with Christopher leaning in to direct and with his input on the script there is no way this is how the script will play out.

Theory #2 – Time Travel Resolution – In this theory, instead of traveling to other planets, our fearless space travelers head into the wormhole and travel back in time in order to get the earth to resolve the issues the caused this problem to occur.  Maybe they are planning to do this by sending a message to earth to avert the deadly habits that lead to this inevitable outcome?  Or what have you.

Issues: This is another awful idea.  We know that from the trailer that Cooper’s daughter and son are begging their father to not go.  But he will be back.  He has to survive in order to resolve the issues not just for the planet but specifically for his children.  Later in the previews I included above we see Jessica Chastain pining for the return of her father.  Time seems to move forward, not backward.

Theory #3 – Alternate Universe Decoherence

No let’s spice things up a bit.  What if the ice planet is earth?  What if the water planet is also earth? Let me back up. Cooper and Brand head into the great unknown in hopes of doing what I thought could happen in theory 1 or 2.  But instead drop through into another alternate reality?  An ice planet?Oh, no?!?  Try again… hope back in their ride, and head through the wormhole again.  And now we have a water planet?!?  GACK!  This topic was recently handled very eloquently in the movie Coherence wherein this idea of universal decoherence is handled at a dinner party of all things.

So then the movie becomes less about planetary survival then it does about Cooper’s survival.  It is probably true that most of the information that we see in the trailers happens within the first 20 minutes of the movie.  Problem: Earth is dying.  Solution: NASA will send astronauts into space to solve the problem!  Enter Wormhole.  And then we have the rest of the movie… wherein we deal with all the chaotic ramifications of such an event.  Maybe Cooper even finds his kids in one of these god forsaken planets?  It could get really dicey really fast at this point.

But ultimately, the question is going to be whether or not Cooper can find the right alternative path and either duplicate that on earth, or possibly he just decides to stay there?  But the problem there is that the audience will see this as a cheap victory.  And his kids are still abandoned to their terrible fate elsewhere, even if he has perfectly good duplicate copies here on this new planet.  Right?

Issues: By the very definition decoherence is a messy business.  Which aligns with Nolan’s quote that it is the mirror image of Inception – expanding outward where Inception contracted inward.  Nolan will have to mainstream the heck out of the idea in order to not be perceived as cheating.  (Trust me, watch Coherence to see how to do it right.)  But Nolan has pulled it off before, he can do it again.

Extra Credit Theory – The Prestige Theory

As an extra credit exercise I give you – in full – the theory of a Reddit user Bokononstop that states:

I’ve been thinking about the “Prestige Trilogy” theory and what it means for the plot of its final movie, Interstellar.

For those not familiar, the “Prestige Trilogy” theory is that the three Christopher Nolan films The Prestige, Inception, and Interstellar, all form a trilogy. This trilogy will be based on the 3-step structure of a magic trick as described in The Prestige. This structure is:

1) The Pledge: a magician takes an ordinary thing that the audience is familiar with (a bird in a cage)

2) The Turn: the magician makes this object do something extraordinary (the bird and cage disappear)

3) The Prestige: the magician brings back the original thing in a way seemingly impossible based on the previous step. (the bird reappears)

By thinking about the movies in the “Prestige Trilogy” this way, a prediction for the final movie, Interstellar, can be made. Starting with the first movie:

1) The Prestige: The ordinary thing in this movie is how magicians manipulate people. They use the familiar concepts of lying and trickery to make their audience believe in magic. Simple deception is all that’s used to influence their audience’s belief in magic.

2) Inception: The ordinary concept of influencing someones beliefs in the simple magician way is heightened to an extraordinary height in this movie. The people in this movie don’t just use simple everyday deception, but actually go in with high tech sci-fi thingamajigs to manipulate their target’s beliefs.

3) Interstellar: So for this movie, the original concept must be brought back in a way is incomprehensible based on “the turn.” I would guess that this movie has something to do with man’s freewill. That somehow during the exploration that takes place during the movie, it is discovered that we are not capable of free will in the way that we thought we were. And that somehow (to go back to “the pledge”) our beliefs are being manipulated by some simple deception. This would seem impossible based on “the turn” (Inception), because in that movie, it is implied that the inception target has free will. The mind of the person that the inception team enters constantly fights back against the intruders that are trying to force even a slight change. So, it would seem impossibly difficult, based on the content of that movie, that some outside force could be changing the beliefs of all mankind at once. Which is why (because that movie is “the turn”) I think the realization in Interstellar will be exactly that. That through some simple way, our collective consciousness is being manipulated.

Issues:  No idea!  I can’t even understand it and I tried.

Conclusion – I  think it can easily be said that I am pretty excited to have a new movie by Mr. Nolan coming our way. I’m sure that whatever the Nolan boys bring us it is going to be mind-rocking in its enormity. I personally can’t wait. Do you have any theories about what its going to be about? I know that with all the evidence and details I listed above there has to be only about a million more possibilities out there! Share them in the comments section and I will add them to the list here.

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  1. Jane

    Hi Taylor,
    Thanks for summing up the known facts so nicely ! I’m reading up a bit to be ready to get blasted by this weekend release and your blog really helped.
    My first theory off the top of my head is..
    There is no space exploration by humans at all. Some scientists are being manipulated (by aliens or other scientists) into giving up all they know about earth and space travel. Using some mind control device as done in Matrix movie.

    Is that too thin ? But one guy setting out to save the world – This theme in a Nolan movie ? He’s going to introduce the protagonist like a super hero, later let us know our hero is very disturbed man in need of some saving himself.. So is the story about the earth or about the mind of one troubled man ? Is there an absolute reality outside of our own mind ?

    We’re going to start out like a physics movie and end up with psychology. Surely with a plot more convincing than my version he he. But this is my general idea..

    (Yes I know I haven’t got over Inception at all. But you and others here will definitely understand that)

    -Jane

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  2. Jane

    Okay, I did expect to walk out of a Nolan movie wondering what really happened in there. But I’m now trying to figure what genre Interstellar is. Could have been one of below.

    Fiction based on science, rooted in reality – Movies like gravity. A movie that seems so scary real that you grab the seat handrests and dig your feet into the theatre carpet lest you get hurtled into the chasms of space along with Sandra Bullock. A movie wherein you don’t even realise you’ve been holding your breath until you breathe out slowly in the climax.

    Purely fantastical science fiction – A concept like travelling to the centre of the earth. All those who haven’t personally paid a visit to the core of the planet are welcome to hop on for the vicarious ride and have fun along the way. If you have logical scientific objections to the story… Well did we not warn you this was fiction ?

    Fiction that makes its own rules – Movies like the Edge of Tomorrow. Time can be manipulated and reset but, well, conditions apply. Adhering to the framework of rules specified in the story, can the world be saved ?

    Disaster based emotional drama – The end of the earth is close and panic is at its peak. Movies that explore how humans would behave in an existential crisis. A bit of scientific jargon may be sprinkled throughout the movie, however – don’t you ask too many inconvenient questions, for, this story is about human emotions rather than about scientific technicality.

    Interstellar felt as though four different directors desired to make four different movies but somehow everything got mashed up into one. Altogether not making one coherent piece. Well Inception did not completely make sense either but I felt thrilled to be bewildered.

    Give me your analysis on this. What was this movie really going for ?

    -Jane

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  3. Taylor Holmes

    Hey there Jane,
    Sorry, I am not certain how exactly I didn’t get notified you commented not once but twice! So definitely my apologies on the delay. I was starting to pull together my thoughts for a blog explaining Interstellar, and also defining a working theory around how it could be understood and I noticed this post had not one but two comments on it!? So here I am.

    First, a comment on your theory of what Interstellar was going to be like. I LOVED your idea. Its even better than what actually happened. By a long shot. The Jane Theory (as it is now officially dubbed) is strikingly similar to Upstream Color. The infected people are manipulated. That brings it back to the realm of the psychological – which is Nolan’s normal playground. Love it. It then solves many of the problems with the last third of the movie. They don’t have to travel to get back at all! Brilliant. Love it.

    Totally agree with you about the 4 different movies and directors here. I personally think there are two pieces to this movie. The first two thirds. And then the final third. I am in mid-flow of writing a fairly long piece talking about Interstellar, and wasn’t going to give away the key kernel of it, but you’ll be one of like 4 people that might read this comment. And I’m sure you will come find my interstellar post regardless of when I get around to posting it. So why not?

    Remember when Matthew (can’t remember the character’s name, and can’t be bothered to go look) gets ejected out into space? And that was when all the craziness started happening, right? The book shelves, the fifth dimension, the morse code weirdness? Right. Well, my current theory is that he actually dies then. Poof. Dead. And all the rest are just the ramblings of a dead person trying to let go of an unexplainable life. Sort of like Jacob’s Ladder. But then things start to become clear. The 5th dimension stuff just goes away. And its a ghost that is communicating with his daughter and telling her truths that help close the loop of a betrayal that hurt her so badly. Etc etc.

    What smacks of truth here for me is that Nolan has a history of lying outright to his audiences. Of making them work to come to grips with his work. He has done it time and time again. And this, for me is the only way to figure out the multiple directors and different genres problem that you so eloquently pointed out. I don’t know. Your thoughts? Should I firm up my theory some before I go to press with it?!? hahah.

    Taylor

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  4. Jane

    Hi there,
    Great to hear back from you. So you are busy drawing up infographics and charts on Interstellar ? Of course I will come back to check it all out.

    Yes I also like that interpretation that says the post-black-hole episode is all a dream/hallucination. Especially because Cooper sees his daughter having lived the perfect life – she has saved the world and become Superwoman, she has lived to a ripe old age, she is surrounded by a loving family at the time of her death… That’s what every parent wants to see, right ? So the dad Cooper would be certainly likely to dream up something like that, oh yes. Not to mention, a Nolan movie feels sort of incomplete without some kind of dream or hallucination. Also, this version is the most sensible explanation for what happened in and after the black hole incident (Who can really survive after entering a black hole – seriously).

    Still, I do have a major gripe with this theory – it makes the movie all about Cooper and his daughter. And we have been told, more than once, that this is all about “saving the world”. Do we at least not deserve to know whether the Earthlings survived or not ? After all that drama and hype, how could the movie end with a hallucination of one of the astronauts?

    I can actually list out a whole lot of things I didn’t like about Interstellar.
    1. We are not told whether the earth saving mission was a success or not. (You, I and many others suspect those last scenes were dreamed by a living man or his ghost or soul or what-do-you-call-it)
    2. The episode with the traitor Dr. Mann was just silly. He’s trapped on a planet on a faraway galaxy, alone, for God knows how long. Once rescued by Cooper and team, he plans to kill off the only other human beings he’s seen in eons, then fly off in a spacecraft he does not even know how to dock, in order to get back to an Earth that is definitely on the verge of destruction ? Is the guy sadistic and masochistic as well as stupid ?
    3. The daughter Brand wants to visit a viable planet just because her lover is on it. That’s really dumb – considering these people are on a mission to save the world. Cooper just wants to get back to his daughter and Ms. Brand just wants to see her boyfriend. Is anyone interested in the saving the people back on planet Earth ?
    4. The father Dr. Brand sends his daughter on a space mission which he knows she will probably not survive. He never warns her, never regrets having deceived her that way. Is Cooper the only caring dad ever ?
    5. The fifth-dimension beings want to send a message to the humans to help them survive the disaster. So they choose a ten-year old child to receive those messages, in the hope that she will grow up to be a top notch astrophysicist, and come back to decipher the coded formula ? I’d expect these super evolved beings to be way smarter than that.
    6. Dr. Mann tells Cooper-and-Co. that a certain area of his planet has breathable air, while the other places have toxic ammonia content. I am no scientist and even I wouldn’t buy that. The density of air can vary with altitude and other factors but composition of air is more or less constant (all the more so on a planet with no man-made disturbances). How can a bunch of astronauts fall for such a thin story ? Why don’t they suspect Dr. Mann right away ?

    There are many more and I will raise them through this discussion. Maybe you can explain or invent some plausible answers.

    -Jane

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    • Taylor Holmes

      Hey there Jane,
      Great response as always…

      Still, I do have a major gripe with this theory – it makes the movie all about Cooper and his daughter. And we have been told, more than once, that this is all about “saving the world”. Do we at least not deserve to know whether the Earthlings survived or not ? After all that drama and hype, how could the movie end with a hallucination of one of the astronauts?

      The movie IS all about Coop and his daughter. Nolan doesn’t know how to write any other movie. Notice how in most of Nolan’s movies, the mother dies, or is dead, or is awol throughout? Prestige, Memento, Inception, Interstellar… that is what Nolan writes. It’s what resounds for him. So yeah, you don’t care about the relationship, you want to know more about the saving of the world, but that isn’t what the movie is all about. I’m not saying you are wrong, or Nolan is right. I’m just saying that from his perspective, it is what the entire movie pivots on. I’ll try and comment on each of your points below:

      I can actually list out a whole lot of things I didn’t like about Interstellar.
      1. We are not told whether the earth saving mission was a success or not. (You, I and many others suspect those last scenes were dreamed by a living man or his ghost or soul or what-do-you-call-it)[/blockquote]

      If Coop dies… I actually thing the world dies with him. Just saying. Unless! You believe in ghosts and you think that he was really able to communicate with his daughter. Which doesn’t seem to logically follow, because then the rest of the interactions with his old daughter just get strange.

      [blockquote]2. The episode with the traitor Dr. Mann was just silly. He’s trapped on a planet on a faraway galaxy, alone, for God knows how long. Once rescued by Cooper and team, he plans to kill off the only other human beings he’s seen in eons, then fly off in a spacecraft he does not even know how to dock, in order to get back to an Earth that is definitely on the verge of destruction ? Is the guy sadistic and masochistic as well as stupid ?[/blockquote]
      This much is true. Definitely silly. Except that man-kind has no end of evil when it comes to selfishness. When it comes to death, most people are not altruistically motivated.

      [blockquote]3. The daughter Brand wants to visit a viable planet just because her lover is on it. That’s really dumb – considering these people are on a mission to save the world. Cooper just wants to get back to his daughter and Ms. Brand just wants to see her boyfriend. Is anyone interested in the saving the people back on planet Earth?[/blockquote]
      See my previous answer. People, at their root, are selfish. It’s dumb that astronauts hoping to save the planet would let that interfere. True. And you would hope that it wouldn’t collide with the mission. But when two things are equal, WHY NOT GO TO MY PLANET!! hahah. But yeah. I agree. Very selfish. But a more interesting depiction of conflict and matters of the heart.

      [blockquote]4. The father Dr. Brand sends his daughter on a space mission which he knows she will probably not survive. He never warns her, never regrets having deceived her that way. Is Cooper the only caring dad ever?[/blockquote]
      And Cooper abandoned his daughter, and left her! He selfishly chose his hero complex over his need to care for his daughter. I really think that is the beauty of the movie, no one is perfect here. But yeah, from my perspective, Brand actually sabotages everything. Causes all of the mission to fail. And implodes everything out of selfishness, including killing his daughter.

      [blockquote]5. The fifth-dimension beings want to send a message to the humans to help them survive the disaster. So they choose a ten-year old child to receive those messages, in the hope that she will grow up to be a top notch astrophysicist, and come back to decipher the coded formula ? I’d expect these super evolved beings to be way smarter than that.[/blockquote]
      No no no … the fifth dimension individuals are supposedly humans. And humans have found a way to step back in time and intervene. They are also the same beings that brought the wormhole to earth too. And it is the 5th dimension humans who choose Cooper. Cooper then chooses his daughter. But maybe from your perspective I see what you are saying. They chose her through choosing him. Maybe these prescient entities were able to see that she got close on her own under Brant’s tutelage but not quite. And it was cooper’s data that was necessary to push her over the edge towards success. So in choosing Cooper they helped her succeed. I don’t buy any of it anyway, because Cooper and Murph never actually ever communicate again. She dies pissed her father failed her and didn’t return. The earth dies. And we receive the punishment we deserve for burning out the planet! hahaha.

      [blockquote]6. Dr. Mann tells Cooper-and-Co. that a certain area of his planet has breathable air, while the other places have toxic ammonia content. I am no scientist and even I wouldn’t buy that. The density of air can vary with altitude and other factors but composition of air is more or less constant (all the more so on a planet with no man-made disturbances). How can a bunch of astronauts fall for such a thin story ? Why don’t they suspect Dr. Mann right away?[/blockquote]
      I’m a web developer. What do I know!? I’ll trust you on that point. The only reason I can think of is that they all had different specialties? This wasn’t Cooper’s speciality? No idea. Good questions though!

      I guess I need to hurry up with my movie review! hahaha. You’ve given me even more to think about and philosophically construct around though! So you are slowing me down with all your great logic and questions! STopit! hahaha.

      Until next time.
      taylor

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  5. Jane

    Hi Taylor,
    One of the Nolan brothers has given an interview on the interstellar movie – not sure if you’ve read it already. In aforesaid interview, he has mentioned that they used the bookshelf thing as a metaphor. Books are usually a way of passing knowledge to future generations, forward in time. What would it be like if a bookshelf was used to pass information BACK in time ? That’s explored in Interstellar.
    So I don’t think they intended the bookshelf 5D sequence as a dream or delusion. Check out that interview and share your thoughts.

    -Jane

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  6. Taylor Holmes

    Nope,
    Can’t find that interview anywhere. Lil help? Dying to read it. I’ll comment post reading, because right now I still very much disagree with your conclusion, but I can’t have an opinion seeing as though I can’t find the interview to opine upon! hahah.

    Taylor

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  7. Taylor Holmes

    Reading it presently. Thanks for the link!
    (20 minutes later)
    Oh my good Lord in HEaven. I’m going to have to re-read this like 20 times. I wish it wasn’t Jonathan though, I wish Chris could speak as clearly. Just saying…

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  8. Jane

    Hi Taylor,
    Some new thoughts on Interstellar..
    I recently read the novelization of “The Dark Knight Rises” by Greg Cox. I haven’t watched the Dark Knight movies yet, so this is my first encounter with Batman as depicted by Christopher Nolan.
    After reading this book I think I got a better feel of Interstellar. So far I’ve been trying to place Interstellar in the same genre as Memento & Inception (mind fuck movies as you call them), I haven’t considered that Nolan makes another genre – superhero movie – as well.
    By now I’m pretty convinced that Interstellar is a Batman-style superhero film. There aren’t layers upon layers of meaning here. Everything is whatever it appears to be. Call it “All is Real” theory. Of course Batman can fly a nuclear bomb over the sea, let it explode “safely” and return unscathed. Of course Cooper can drift back out of a black hole once his mission is accomplished. They’re both superheros 🙂
    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not mocking the Batman movie/book, actually I liked it a lot. Only it’s supposed to be enjoyed as it is rather than analyzed logically.
    I’ve chatted with friends who watched Interstellar and found all of them enjoyed Interstellar immensely. Ironically it is only the Nolan fan(atic)s who are putting this movie under the axe.
    Chris Nolan has recently remarked that his films are judged by a “weirdly high standard”. John Nolan in that IGN interview has responded to one of the questions with “It allows us to tell a more interesting story”. If that isn’t an explicit request for a creative license I don’t know what is. So let us grant it. If the Nolan brothers do not deserve to exploit their creative license, then who else does ? I only wish Nolan himself hadn’t misled us by comparing this movie with Inception.

    So I am hereby officially retiring from the Interstellar discussion. See you on the other blogs !
    By the way, are you off on a viable planet search yourself ? Write back when communications are up 🙂

    -Jane

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