Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” Looks to the Stars


The first Christopher Nolan film that hit my radar was Memento (2000). I remember watching the film, with its combination of various noir tropes with obvious influences from the films of the 70s, and being blown away. As his career has progressed Nolan has exhibited a talent for telling mystery tales, translating comic book characters to the big screen, and for inspiring the imagination. Based on the international trailer released today, it appears that Nolan’s Interstellar will combine his sense of drama with a magical sense of wonder.

Not much is known about the plot of the film as of yet, but the official website provides the following brief synopsis.

In the future, governments and economies across the globe have collapsed, food is scarce, NASA is no more, and the 20th Century is to blame. A mysterious rip in spacetime opens and it’s up to whatever is left of NASA to explore and offer up hope for mankind.

Mainly based on the scientific theories and script treatment of renowned theoretical physicist, Kip Thorne. Interstellar is set to be released in late 2014.

One might describe it as a “Contact for the 2010s,” but without the hallucinations and weird alien contact. Interstellar seems to start with a common SF theme — Malthusian Doom that requires Interstellar solutions — and combines it with modern scientific theory regarding wormholes etc. That combined with an A-List cast that includes Matthew McConaughey.  It should be noted that the trailer reveals McConaughey’s character to have a skill set and resume that rivals any of Heinlein’s or Kenneth Robeson’s protagonists. He’s a pilot/engineer/dad who would hang out with Buckaroo Banzai, The Avenger, Doc Savage, and Lazarus Long if they could somehow all exist in the same universe. All of which is another way of saying that the story fits well within existing SF and Pulp tradition, which is a very good sign indeed.

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