Have you ever tried looking into the future? Imagined the future? Contemplated what it would be like living in the future?
Have you ever placed yourself on this planet at some point 'tomorrow'? 'Tomorrow'; it is different for all of us. Is your 'tomorrow' tomorrow? Or is it a decade from now; maybe a millennium? Are you worried whether you'll make it to work on time? Is that your 'tomorrow', some minutes from now?
When you think of a point 'tomorrow', what do you think about? Is it (clichéd) flying cars and ultra-modern skyscrapers? Humans on mars? An alien invasion? Perhaps simply your office presentation at the end of the week? Whatever you think about, are you a hundred percent certain about the inevitability of your thoughts? If you are, you are fooling yourself by the supposed reality and certainty of 'tomorrow'. You can never be sure of what's going to happen. Maybe cars never will defy gravity, perhaps we'll never make it to mars, aliens might not even exist, and that presentation might as well get cancelled. Being humans, we decide something will happen, want something to happen, hope something might happen. Decision makes for an apparently sure 'tomorrow'; want and hope leave some margin for inconstancy. However the only thing certain about 'tomorrow' is that it is uncertain. All of it.
So does this mean that whatever we think of the future is fiction? Yes it is. Any point after right now is our version of what might happen. It is what our brain decides, wants or hopes. It may or may not happen hence, for the time-being, it is fiction. Combine this with the immense capability of the human mind, and we get infinite prospects for 'tomorrow'. Therein lies the beauty of the future, in the simple fact that it is never right or wrong. Neither is it quantifiable.
Science fiction filmmaking takes advantage of this simple fact. And sometimes a filmmaker goes to a dimension which is illogical and incomprehensible to all but those who understand the uncertainty of the future.
Interstellar. A film by Christopher Nolan, the creator of the science-fiction blockbuster Inception. Inception was innovative, smart and engrossing. It was accessible science fiction, partly because of the fact that it involved the present day world. Any anomalies were passed off as dream sequences so we found it easier to accept and 'believe'. Anyone can dream right (or dream within a dream)? A mistake on our part, considering fiction is a synonym for make-believe. Anyway, the movie was brilliant and Leo DiCaprio pushed it to a whole different level. Interstellar is also science-fiction, but with a lot more science. It envisions an apocalyptic future, wormhole travel, disparate habitable planets, gravity-harnessing, black hole physics, and a whole lot of other mumbo jumbo. And yet that's what science fiction is supposed to be. If the future can be infinitely possible, why can't Interstellar? This film redefines the frontier to which a film can be propelled to. It is seriously flawed, but only till you treat 'tomorrow' as a quantifiable thing. The moment you realise how uncertain and limitless it is, Interstellar will make sense. This is a film where you should neither expect Star Wars' light-sabre duels nor Gravity's today reality. It is a film which will take your conscience to a dimension which will urge you to let your guards down and leave the present behind. And yet it will keep you within reach of the reality of human existence through emotion and humour. Very few filmmakers can achieve what Nolan has. Not everyone can emote their imagination of the future so beautifully or effectively. Alas but what is a puppeteer without his puppets. The cast conjures sentiment, just the way Nolan intends. If you decide to watch this film, don't expect your version of the future. But be sure to experience one of those infinite.
"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."