Christopher Nolan’s next film, Interstellar, is coming. The movie may be released in November, but the first trailer has just been released and it looks intriguing.
The trailer features two of the film’s biggest stars, Matthew McConaughey and Michael Caine, and helps shed some light on what it’s all about. As Nolan’s films are among the most complex and intriguing around, we thought we’d try and figure out what’s going on.
According to the synopsis: “Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.” Most of the trailer is set on planet earth, but it does tell us why humans want to travel these vast distances through space – earth is dying.
Matthew McConaughey is Coop, a former engineer and trained pilot who is now working as a farmer in the Midwest. Depression-era style dust is caking up the landscape and people are piling all their stuff into their vans and fleeing. In short, the world appears to be in the grip of an environmental crisis of some sort.
Apparently playing some sort of a scientist, Michael Caine, explains that “we’re not meant to save the world, we’re meant to leave it.” As Coop has some skills that will come in handy during interstellar travel, he is chosen to be one of those seeking a better world, alongside Anne Hathaway. Before he leaves, he tells his young daughter Murph “I love you forever” and reassures her “I’m coming back” before blasting off through some huge glass sphere into the future.
IMDb explains that there are two Murphys, young Murph (Mackenzie Foy) and adult Murphy (Jessica Chastain), so presumably the film is in two parts – firstly Coop leaving and then his mature daughter coming to look for him. The relative nature of time is a key concept in many of Christopher Nolan’s films, so this all fits perfectly. Indeed, Caltech physicist and wormhole and time travel specialist Kip Thorne is working as a scientific advisor on the film. We might surmise that the message of the film is that time is relative, but love is the only constant through all of this.
With cinematography by Hoyte van Hoytema and Hans Zimmer returning to create the soundtrack, the film promises to be another corking mind-bender. We can’t wait for Interstellar overdrive.
Interstellar is out in UK cinemas on 7 November, 2014.
See the trailer here: