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Interstellar Plot Dissection and Explanation!

Hoping that by now you would have seen Christopher Nolan’s space film, Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine. I have tried to dissect and explain the ending of Interstellar in a lucid manner from my understanding. I will not get into nuances of science about the Wormholes and Black Holes so you can study them separately here. Christopher Nolan has himself stated,” People are always accusing my films of having plot holes, and I’m very aware of the plot holes in my films and very aware of when people spot them, but they generally don’t. But what were some science issues people had with the film? That was Kip’s domain.” I also want to add that this is a science FICTION movie, not a documentary on space that could have an accuracy of cent percentage.

Interstellar is a big-budget science fiction endeavour that will appeal to sci-fiction lovers and it’s a simple tale of love, sacrifice, hope and belief which gives emotional strength to the movie. It will leave Nolan’s critiques dumbfounded complaining about his inability to handle sensitive scenes and having emotional depth in his narrative. Set in a near future, providing no clue of the year, the world has been hit by famine caused by ‘The Blight’ – an airborne disease that causes food crops to turn to grey-brown powder.

It forced the inhabitants to return to emergency farming, including retired NASA pilot and widower Cooper (McConaughey), who is a father of two smart kids, Murph and Tom Cooper. Cooper and Murph in quest of decoding Morse Code, stumble upon secretive NASA station on the outskirts of their town, where they’re told Dr Brand (Caine) that Earth is coming to an end and human species will extinct if no alternate planet in another universe, suitable for life is found.

Interstellar is a beguiling, jaw-dropping experience that has a sentimentality of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi films, specifically “War of the Worlds” that shares a father-daughter relationship. It pays tribute to Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

Yet, undeniably it remains a Christopher Nolan experience throughout, including the perplexing third act finale. The ending might have left everyone puzzled or frustrated, some would have found it stupid too. But foremost, let’s all get on the same page by trying to figure out exactly how the film ended.



Basically, the problem is in understanding the “THEY” and what all shit happened when Cooper was in the Tesseract. Let me start with Dr Brand’s Plans A & B.

It is made clear that the US government has been funding NASA secretly to find a new habitable planet that can home Human species (Homo-Sapiens). Cooper questions, “How NASA intends to find a planet capable of sustaining human life since humanity is already living on borrowed time, and transport to the nearest galaxy alone would take decades.” To which Dr Brand reveals to Cooper that “THEY” (will discuss that later on) have created a ‘Wormhole’ near Saturn and he has already sent 13 humans through the wormhole, each one on a mission to determine whether nearby planets can sustain human life. Upon arrival at their planet, each of the astronauts was to set up a beacon–indicating that their planet was a candidate for human colonization. NASA cannot communicate directly with the astronauts but has been able to track their beacons for nearly a decade–of which only three remain active.


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