Interstellar Review

We humans have become so caught up in the everyday grind that we have stopped looking up, stopped wondering in awe stopped asking questions about our place in the stars.

This movie shakes you out of the monotony and brings out the child in you that was ever so curious. The child who dreamed of knowing if there was life somewhere out there, amidst all those stars; the child who was fascinated by star trek and marveled at the spaceships, Wormholes and Warp drives. The hypnotizing score heightens every emotion while silently blending in the scene. Another masterpiece by Hans Zimmer.

The movie shows what our future might be like if we keep on relentlessly exploiting our planet – it revolves around the idea that life as we know it on earth is coming to end  and the only option of survival might be abandoning it.

“Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.” 


The movie is science fiction but it just skirts around the realm of actual science. Mr. Nolan wanted the fiction to be as close to the real  possibilities as possible. This is where humongous contribution of Kip Thorne comes in. Kip Thorne is the 74-year-old Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics Emeritus at Caltech, who is one of the world’s leading experts on astrophysical predictions of general relativity and the inspiration for the character played in the movie by Michael Caine.

The Black hole that was visualized in the movie was born out of Einstein’s General relativity equations. This is the first time this has ever been done in a movie. The CGI Team (Double Negative) used a “render farm”, consisting of thousands of computers running in parallel, to trace light beams around the black hole for simulating and rendering the movie frames. Some individual frames took up to 100 hours to create this way and, in all, the movie manipulated an eye-watering 800 terabytes of data. That is a LOT of data. And this is the most accurate depiction of a black hole created to date.

Wormhole, conceptual artwork

When the black hole was being programmed and visualized a few unexpected discoveries were made. Mr. Thorne expects two papers to materialize from the new details found hidden in Einstein’s equations. The visualization of the wormhole in the movie was achieved through similar means. There was no effort spared to provide stunning and as close to reality visuals of our Universe.


This movie is about raw human emotions of survival, Courage, Love and Hope. It is a movie that has made the minds of physics buffs explode with possibilities. It is a movie that delves into concepts of relativity and Theoretical physics (If String theory is proved we could end up having a bizarre 10,11 or maybe 26 dimensions, currently the real world as we see it is in just three). It is a movie that takes your imagination to infinity and beyond.

Nolan has done it again. He has created another masterpiece on celluloid.

This review has been written by Prashant Tambey a Mechanical engineer by profession and a traveler – guitarist otherwise. Recently when we were discussing this movie I told him – hey why don’t you review it and I thank him for being so kind and coming up with this well researched piece.

He also designs and sketches  – here is a very beautiful sketch of Scarlett Johansson. If you are keen to discuss about travel in the southern, western and northern parts of India you can connect with him here.




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Author: pecsbowen


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