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15 November 2014

Christopher Nolan's Interpretation of Science: A Review of "Interstellar"

"Interstellar" is another addition to Christopher Nolan’s ongoing treatise on time and the architecture of the mind. With the exception of his “Batman” trilogy (which is relatively linear), Nolan’s body of work has consistently explored the concept of time: its non-linearity, and its enigmatic nature.   Nolan is also astute in visually rendering the abstract construction of the mind. 

Unlike his past films, "Interstellar" embraced the trappings of technology but simply because it could not be avoided. The presence of computers, spacecrafts and robots are necessary components of  any movie about space exploration. Still, in this film, Nolan is more direct on his attack on dehumanizing technology such as cell phones and portable gadgets.  If you notice, not a single computer or mobile devices were used in "Inception" even though it was supposed to be a science fiction movie. Certainly, technology is present in his Batman movies but those movies are not part of his unified opus. 

Nolan seems to be more fascinated with the effects of science on humanity than the devices that science creates. His version of science is more on the exploration of our humanity than our inventiveness. Perhaps, Nolan wants us to realize that science should be a tool to make us more human than to make us slaves to technology.

"Interstellar” is not as solid as “Inception” but the latter is a fascinating addition to his filmography.  Most importantly for the majority of moviegoers, “Interstellar” is entertaining and a curious marriage of pop philosophy and commercialism.

The best way to fully grasp Nolan’s film philosophy is to watch all his films as one body of work.I recommend that you review his past films namely “Following,” “Memento,” “The Prestige,” and “Inception.”

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