Do you ever have those feelings after seeing something extraordinary that leaves you in awe? There are certain times in life when we simply have to sit back and take in the magnitude of our universe--being entertained for over three hours along the way may not be too bad, either.
The movie Interstellar, which I recently had the pleasure of viewing on the big screen stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. The movie is based in a future America where there is no such thing as space exploration due to a devastating famine. Without giving too much of the plot away, McConaughey has to journey into a black hole, or “worm hole,” that is sitting outside of the relatively close planet of Jupiter. His main mission, along with three other astronauts, is to find a new place for human civilization. They must explore new found planets when they make it through the black hole. Keep in mind, it takes the crew two years just to travel to the black hole out of Jupiter. This is where the movie gets a little confusing. The film tries to explain the theory of black holes and warp holes as though they act as shortcuts. According to the movie, the universe is so big and ever expanding that in order to get from one point to another, space simply folds onto itself. There was a lot of research that went into the variety of these theories, the films producers have said the theories used have all been proposed before and the most of them are backed by a majority of the scientific community.
The worlds that are visited in the film are mind boggling to say the least, perhaps none more than the first one where time literally stops. The planet's entire concept of time slows down, since it is so close to the nearby black hole. This means that one hour on that planet is equal to seven years on Earth. The entire time factor is, in my opinion, the most exciting part of the movie. It puts into context exactly how time works. Time is relative to only us humans because it’s constant just to this planet. However, this movie points out that there really is no such thing as universal time. What we feel is a minute can really be hours on planets simply in our own solar system and vice versa. I think this was the most captivating part of the movie for the majority of audiences because time really is precise. The amount of time individual humans live on earth is so little, and from a universal standpoint, irrelevant to say the least. It really is unfathomable how gigantic our entire existence is and how little we are in the big picture of space; yet to ourselves, we are everything. This movie really puts into context subjects like these along with others.