BySaurabh Sugandh, writer at

Deciphering Nolan is an absurd idea altogether and should be left best at the capable hands only. However, I would still make an attempt here. Space science is a reality which encompasses everything around us and thus to have interest in it is in fact a great idea for provoking thoughts. I was fascinated by it throughout my life but never understood it completely.

The movie, Interstellar (2014), attempts to solve the irrational bits of space science in the most unconventional way. What we know about it is just rudimentary. What we may know in the future about it is actually an interesting plot for a movie. Our present knowledge about it is somewhat only a philosophy. Our attempt to understand relativity and quantum mechanics have placed and misplaced several thoughts such as possibility of a multidimensional space. Nolan only attempts to focus on five dimensions, space-time and gravity. Gravity can act as a fifth dimension and can perceive time as a physical dimension too.

The rest of the story is simple and straight-forward. A team of astronauts and scientists attempt to search for a habitable planet in nearby galaxies with Plan A and Plan B. Plan A would ensure human survival on earth with the extra knowledge gained from the inter-galactic travel. However, Plan B would act as a fail-safe idea to propel human life on the newly found planet. But what caught my attention most was the farfetched idea of incorporating “LOVE” in the space-time continuum. The movie focuses on the idea that “LOVE” can travel and connect even from the distant space and time which in fact brought tears in my eyes. I could have laughed instead but thought it would do no justice to Nolan’s imagination.

What exactly kept the team of enthusiasts in the movie to make inter-galactic travel possible in few years was the “Wormhole”. Pioneers would know that wormhole is a theoretical farfetched idea based on black-hole. However, Einstein’s general relativity suggests the possibility of a wormhole but would collapse immediately due to the lack of sufficient negative energy. But Nolan argues that the advanced civilization (referred to as “they” in the movie) would make one for us to complete the journey. The movie also featured a “Tesseract”, a cube to represent four dimensions (space-time) under the effect of gravity where the lead actor, Mathew McConaughey, actually interacts with his daughter on earth in the past. His daughter, Mackenzie Foy, misunderstood the interaction as ghosts while she was young but later understood when grown-up that it was his father instead trying to communicate from the future. Seeing this, my eyes became wet again and I wondered what I would do when trapped in a “Tesseract”.

However, I followed the movie till the very end, anticipating that it would yield something interesting. But bound by “LOVE”, Mathew McConaughey, somehow meets his daughter in her very old age (nearly 100 years) while his son was presumed dead years ago. Here, the movie also suggested that time-travel is only possible forward and not backwards which is so far correct based on our present understanding of physics. But he later, pounced on a spaceship to meet his lady love, Anne Hatheway (a scientist in the team of space travelers), who landed on a planet to push Plan B. Do they finally meet? I hope they could, otherwise what’s the point in bringing the phenomenon of “LOVE” in the space-time continuum.


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