It’s the beginning of the month and Netflix is updating its catalog with a series of new titles. The list includes the best sci-fi movie of all time according to AlloCiné viewers, but also one of the most reliable: Interstellar.
What is it about?
The film follows the adventures of a group of explorers who use a newly discovered gap in space-time to push human boundaries and conquer astronomical distances on an interstellar journey.
Interstellar, a film written by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan and directed by Christopher Nolan starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine…
A well done story
For many, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is a pure masterpiece. Its cinematic quality, its music, the performances of its actors are undeniable. But for those who struggled with physics in college or high school and still can’t quite get the theory of relativity right, this is the go-to movie. Not only does it make these notions understandable to anyone, but it is also based on completely reliable theory.
Validated by a Nobel Prize
To prove his scenario, Christopher Nolan called Kip Thorne, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2017. He is one of the leading researchers on the astrophysical implications of Einstein’s theory of relativity. And if you want to know more about the gentleman, know that Kip Thorne has also written books considered essential including Black holes and time warpsAND Gravitation (a priori, not translated into French).
All science is true
This is the main argument for anyone who wants to create a little culture in science, but who does not have much affinity with the subject. In the movie, all the science is real. Kip Thorne was very clear on this subject, he did not want to indulge in any form of artistic license and would only prove what was believable.
Therefore, there were long debates between Kip Thorne and Christopher Nolan, who wanted, for example, to exceed the speed of light. The only concession he made concerns the clouds on the ice planet, which are an impossible structure on such a planet.
Gargantua was designed not to tear Cooper apart
Spaghettiification is a popular term for what happens when a person enters the horizon of a black hole. However, Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) was not turned to pieces when he entered Gargantua. Many people ask why. The fact is that not all black holes cause this effect. It is closely related to the mass of the black hole, which must have been 100 million solar masses.
So when tidal forces destroy an object, or tear apart a person, depends on the size of the black hole. In the case of Gargantua, we are talking about a supermassive black hole (like those found at the center of galaxies). For these galaxies, this point is within the event horizon, so a person can walk into the black hole without noticing anything. However, approaching the center, which is inevitable, the person will be crushed again. In Interstellar, Cooper is saved before reaching the center by the Tesseract.
The Doomsday on Earth scenario is real
The apocalyptic Earth setting is based on the Dust Bowl, which took place in America in the 1930s. This climatic event caused a series of dust storms that resulted in an ecological and agricultural disaster. The interviews that appear at the beginning and end of the film are those of the real survivors of this disaster.