Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar”

In light of the recent revelations on escalating climate change (the West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapsing for starters, which could lead to the sea level rising by 4 metres in a couple of centuries), and a bunch of other apocalyptic scenarios that are looking increasingly likely, this film is pretty relevant.

Great scientists and visionaries who’ve said off-world travel should be seen as a necessity, rather than remote science fiction, are being vindicated by history … and the future it seems (just check out Planetary Resources, Mars One – Human Settlement of Mars, SpaceX, Deep Space Industries, et al).

Earth cannot, single-handedly, sustain humanity in the long run. Our maturity as a species is coming, and so is our familiarity with a far larger portion of the cosmos than the planet which bore us.

The crisis we face may have been caused, to a large extent, by people much more powerful than we are – after all 90 corporations are responsible for two-thirds of man-made greenhouse emissions – but it is the poor and their children who will suffer most. We need to expand our species’ horizons in the boldest way imaginable, as, by doing this, we may be able to avoid a minority jeopardising the rest of our lives ever again.

“Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible nature. Unaware that this nature he’s destroying is this God he’s worshipping.” – Hubert Reeves

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The trailer has arrived for Christopher Nolan’s latest film: Interstellar.

There’s not much detail given on the plot – we gather that the Earth is dying, and a select few individuals are being sent into space to achieve “interstellar travel” in hopes of saving humanity.  The group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

The trailer also introduces the concept of Murphy’s Law – “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”, which McConaughey’s character rewrites as, “whatever can happen, will happen.” (How very Rust Cohle of him) Is this foreshadowing for events in the film?

Fans have been waiting for another Nolan film since the Dark Knight Rises. I expect Nolan mainstays of non-linear narratives, and exquisite cinematography.

The trailer is moving and thoroughly engrossing (thanks in large part…

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