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‘Interstellar’ sticks to the science

Przysietnica, POLAND – Science fiction movies have never been my favorite type of cinema. Hackneyed plot and scientific inaccuracy of these type of films discouraged me from seeing Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.

Eventually thegenius and unique cinematic style of this British-American filmmaker convinced me to sit next to my laptop and spend almost three hours relishing his visual work of art.

The Earth is devastated by tragic droughts. People suffer from lack of food. The world doesn’t need scientists, it needs farmers.

But Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a former NASA pilot, doesn’t accept that kind of reality. Accompanied by other researchers, he travels through a wormhole to find a habitable planet for humankind which is on the brink of extinction.  

The plot is heavily based on some advanced physics concepts but don’t worry, you don’t have to major in physics to understand the movie.

But what is worth knowing is that Interstellar portrays many elements of space travel and astronomy in a scientifically correct way, which is one of the reasons why it has been praised by movie critics all around the world.

One of the finest features of Interstellar is the way it catches you up into the world of astrophysics.  Ideas of time dilation or  fast-spinning black holes are presented to the viewer in a very smooth way, which enables them to fully engage in the plot.

Nolan’s work is not only a story about rescuing humanity from completely vanishing from the face of the Earth because of the lack of food and extreme natural disasters, it is also a story about love, friendship and betrayal.

The way these aspects were woven into the plot make it a film that holds universal truths about life and people.

Magdalena Tokarczyk is a Reporter with Youth Journalism International.

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