I was watching a performance by Hans Zimmer at the State Opera house in Prague. It called 'Time', yeah, you probably guessed it, It's form the movie Inception. I enjoy Hans Zimmer very much, and I was telling my wife this morning, that if there is a option of going to Prague this summer, and if the opera house is open, I will go. And she says YES. Why she always says yes? It has burned me a lot. But that is a different topic. I was listening to the music of Intersteller immediately after. Interstellar is a movie that absolutely fascinates me. Because, to me it is a story about love between a father and a daughter! I have two daughters, and funny enoungh there are many times, my older asked me not to go on a trip, she asked me to STAY. I wouldn't say that I stopped travelling to dangerous places like Iraq just for that, but it certainly had an influence. I am happy for it.
“We’ve always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. But we lost all that. Or perhaps we’ve just forgotten that we are still pioneers. And we’ve barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us.”
.... that is from the movie trailer, and what a positive thing to say even at the darkest of time depicted in the movie! It was featuring 'dust bowl' and great depressions in 'modern' times of future. It was a world where major dust storms are getting bigger by the weeks and there is crop failure to the extreme. In that dystopians United States, virtually everyone is a farmer, as that is the most valuable commodity, FOOD. People have forgotten about science and technology (other than related to farming) and kids are 'taught' in school that Lunar landing and Apollo Missions were just government propaganda! Such Lies! But so realistic even in the present world. Don't we have flat earthers and moon landing conspiracy theorist right here on hive?? Yes, we do. In modern times. Where they try and pull the 'freedom of speech' card on us and try to get away with it!
NEVER, I say. Not on my watch!
The item that interests me almost on the fringes is the unexplained gravitional anomolies seen by the 'underground' NASA (as shown in the movie) and even common citizens like Cooper (who was a NASA pilot), who asked the question how/why he found the co-ordinate of the NASA facility from his daughter Murph's bedroom, or who put the worm hole near Saturn (its fiction right?), and the answer he got was 'They'.
Problem with Explanation
In the movie, later on, it is clearly explained who 'they' was. It was simply us. Our future self, far more technologically advanced compared to us in the present or not too distant a future as shown in the movie. However, this is not the problem. The problem is us in the present. Nolan assumes that present movie going humans are average intelligence, and will understand this simple fact. However, I think Nolan over-estimates the IQ of humanity as a whole. Right now, I am seeing science is almost taking a back seat in many current world affairs, which is highly unfortunate. Lot of the conspiracy theorists are highly combative and graining momentum and thanks to the last few years, well funded. So, it is our job, to reiterate many things that you take for granted and say it again. This way we take the fight back to them and crush them. We ARE better funded than them, after all :) It is time to reiterate the facts, like Earth is round. There is a thing called space and we have been to the moon and send many probes to mars. We are driving remote controlled 'cars' on Mars right now, and soon will send humans to the red planet. This is simple science. If you don't understand it, go back to school and get off facebook :)
I adore the part that explores the relationship between Murph and Cooper. Murph lost her mom, so her dad Cooper is her everything. The kid Murph tried to stop her dad from going away, simply because she understands that it is most likely an one way ticket. However, she still tries to believe her dad's promise that he will return one day, and perhaps since he will be traveling close to the speed of light, near a black hole, as per theory of relativity, his clock will go slower than hers and perhaps when he returns he will be of same age to her older future self. This is something Murph tried to hold on throughout her life and this feeling almost became a talisman inside her. I like this part a lot.
It is often the journey into the unknow we must take for the greater good at great personal sacrifice. But many of us still does it. Makes them special, don't you think. I like the Dylan Thomas's poem a lot as used in the movie. Read wonderfully here by Anthoy Hopkins: