Let’s get one thing clear first.
I don’t watch many films.
However, I did decide to watch Interstellar, and boy am I glad I did! It gripped and entranced me in a way no other film has ever done for me. It made me realise how much we focus on material items down here, how awestruck we are at the ‘world’s thinnest’ or ‘world’s lightest’ and ‘world’s fastest’ instead of looking out into space and wondering what could be out there, what we could achieve as a species, and what our destiny is among other stars.
The visual effects were gripping enough, and I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve watched every theory video on the science underpinning the film, including the documentary within the iTunes edition. It astounded me on how much of the science (although in some places creative) was plausible and correctly reproduced through circumstance and visual effects. The idea that wormholes could potentially be placed, exist, or be created and held open (with the help of negative matter) inspired me. In my opinion the world’s resources are spent too much on creative mundane goods, and not enough is spent on trying to reach out and expand our knowledge and understanding of the universe (or multiverse) as we know it.
Of course it wasn’t just the cold hard science baked into the film that impressed me all by itself. It was the imagination and the thought that was put into speculating what could exist beyond a black hole and other ideas. The question of the fifth dimension excited me especially. Neil deGrauss was especially forthcoming in an interview that the idea of a fith dimension being a physical representation of time was not unimaginable at all.
We live in four dimensions ourselves. We have a three dimensional space (X,Y,Z), or our position in space, and we have a time dimension (e.g. 10:31). Combining these space and time dimensions is key for everyday life. We govern our entire lives by when we need to do something, and where. However, while we are free to move around in our three dimensional space (forward, back, left, right, up, down), we cannot use those came movements in the time dimension. We are constantly stuck in the present, moving between the past and the future continually. So, say if there are beings, or a being, occupying a fith dimension, it isn’t that hard to imagine that they can escape those boundaries and move freely through time at will, which would enable them to know all things throughout time and perhaps even manipulate (as seen in the film) events that are always happening (as tense would have no place there, there would be no past, nor present, nor future. Things would just be).
Which also leads me to another aspect of the film which gripped me.
The perils of gravity and time.
It struck me on an emotional level of the perils when space time is distorted by gravity only for a certai few individuals instead of an entire race. The scene where Cooper catches up on 23 years he has missed out on his children’s lives (which has only been around 3 hours for him), made me realise that while space travel is an ambition, it is also a real dilemma regarding the warping of time and the fact that more gravity equals slower time (I believe I remembered that correctly), giving ethical and emotional considerations if interstellar travel ever came into existence.
I think the bottom line of what I’m really getting at, besides the explanation of the science behind the film, is that if humanity reaches out to other stars, it would be both an awe-inspiring and fearful time, and I think the fear of the unknown keeps humanity back, as we focus on what we already know. Perhaps one day (hopefully within my lifetime), that barrier can be crossed, and it won’t be a global crisis that forces us out into the stars, but rather our own desire to explore and discover what we don’t understand.
On a more personal opinion of the film though besides the science and plausibility, I’d honestly say TARS and CASE were the true actors. If we ever reach an AI standard like those robots have, I’d get one without question.
Watch Interstellar. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.