An incredible space opera

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The various space areas and planets visited in ‘Interstellar’ feel unique and treacherous. This leads to more and more suspenseful scenes throughout the movie.
NASA's project keeps hope alive

By Raffaele Fusulan
A&E Editor/Spectator

In the near future, humans are on the verge of depleting the resources that Earth has to offer. Not all hope is lost though. NASA has been working on a secret project, which could lead to the salvation of humanity.

“Interstellar” starts with a very interesting premise. Since the resources on Earth are almost gone, the goal is to go find new worlds that can be colonized by humans. The first part of the movie focuses on Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), an ex-member of NASA who now lives with his kids and fathering-law. Due to the tremendous dust storms, crops all over the world are being devastated and therefore the food shortage keeps rising.

Dust is a critical factor on Earth in the movie. Cooper is now a farmer. The connection between him and his children is very strong, especially towards his daughter, Murphy. With the help of his 10-year-old daughter they are able to locate a secret facility, which belongs to NASA. Cooper is then told that he must join them in their quest to save humanity, due to his outstanding skills as a pilot. This wouldn’t even be possible in the current solar system, but a wormhole to another galaxy has been opened by someone known only as “they.” This is the chance for humanity to go and find other hospitable worlds. The choice is tough because it would devastate Murphy’s heart to see her father leave. The worst part is that they leave each other on bad terms making the movie feel very dramatic.

It is interesting to notice that “Interstellar” didn’t show any training procedures or team bonding before the launch. The crew consists of Cooper, Amelia Brand (Anne Hathaway), Romily (David Gyasi), Doyle (Wes Bentley) and two robots, TARS and CASE. The robots in the movie were a really nice addition. They could be setup with different levels of humor and proved to be very helpful more than once. The movie cuts straight to the takeoff part, which were very intense thanks to the strong background music. Once the shuttle reached space, though, the music cut immediately and there were no outer sounds anymore, just like it would be in space. Throughout the movie most scenes in space were supported by a touch of classical music.

Background music is definitely a big factor throughout the movie. The more intense scenes are supported by an increase in the beat of the background music. This combination aroused a lot of chills.

The movie also takes time to explain the various scientific theories. Relativity is definitely the most important one as it affects everybody in the movie. When the crew has to land on a planet next to a rotating black hole, one hour on the planet equals to seven years back on Earth due to the gravitational pull of the black hole. Cooper is devastated by this concept because that means he would miss seven years from his daughter’s life.

As the movie progresses more and more, moral choices are encountered. The movie asks the viewer critical questions about ethics. How far are you willing to go to save humanity from extinction, is definitely one of most tough ones to answer.

“Interstellar” doesn’t only focus on the concept of relativity and family, but it also talks about human survival and the human instinct of doing anything in order to survive.

The antagonist in the movie is not necessarily someone. It is our own selfishness and what we think is the right thing to do. Choices play tricks on our brain, which makes it difficult to think clearly and understand all the consequences.

The graphic creation of space was delightful to embrace. Watching the concept of black whole or other dimensions was beautiful. Observing the crew traveling from one galaxy to another was simply unique. It was an experience that can’t be seen in other movie. The various planets that are also visited throughout the movie, feel unique and mysterious.

“Interstellar” is a not only a movie about space travel, but it’s a movie about love and family.

Raffaele Fusulan is the staff writer for The Spectator. He can be reached by ae.spectator@gmail.com