Reviewed by: John Decker
Humanity certainly does have serious problems and does need help from above.
Does mankind’s ultimate future depend on NASA?
Is man our ultimate savior? Are we ultimately our own gods?
We are not alone in the universe, God is with us, He has a purpose and plan for us, and He is in ultimate control.
the majesty and laws of the universe point to its Creator
If God made everything, who made God? Answer
Is Jesus Christ God? Answer
Is Love, itself, a transcendent reality, or is it just an emotional reaction inside us?
Should you act altruistically or just act to ensure my own survival?
parent and children relationships and legacies / intergenerational relationships
It is best to stay at home and raise a family or better to sacrifice that role of parent to go out and “save the world,” if needed?
What is man’s responsibility to the environment? Answer
Einstein’s theory of relativity
theory of wormholes, space-time warp and space human space travel
astronomy in the Bible
Matthew McConaughey … Cooper
Anne Hathaway … Brand
Jessica Chastain … Murph
Matt Damon … Actor (uncredited)
Michael Caine …
Casey Affleck … Tom
Topher Grace …
Ellen Burstyn … Old Murph
John Lithgow … Donald
David Oyelowo … Principal
William Devane … Old Tom
Mackenzie Foy … Young Murph
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|Director||Christopher Nolan—“The Dark Knight,” “Dark Knight Rises,” “Inception”|
Lynda Obst Productions
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The visuals, the sound and special effects of “Interstellar” are highly commendable. I saw “Interstellar” at an IMAX theater. It is a fun and intense movie. It’s meaningful, thoughtful, very intriguing scientifically, and it sticks to you. I recommend it for most ages. I suppose in the case of “Interstellar,” I am mostly in agreement with the PG-13 or perhaps 11 age suggestion because some of the activity would appear occultic to a very young mind that doesn’t follow the story well.
The trailers for “Interstellar” don’t give away the bulk of the movie. Kudos for that, if, like me, you prefer to be surprised. What lies within “Interstellar” doesn’t contain a whole lot of direct theological controversy. That is, it doesn’t highlight any particular philosophy, save that of man being his own mortal savior.
There is little to no allusion to immortality or an afterlife. It is the plight of every strict non-believer that we are alone, and man is his only solitary answer. There is a strong theme of that in the movie. After all, it certainly does not point to Christ nor to faith in God in any general sense.
Is there a greater intelligence out there in the universe, or are we all there is?
What if the cosmos is all that there is? Answer
How can we know there’s a God? Answer
The “Interstellar” story is set in a time when the Earth is becoming uninhabitable. Uninhabitable due to what is somewhat unclear, but food is becoming scarce and variety of food is being lost. Fending for himself, man carves out his destiny in space. Looking for another planet, he struggles for the love he left behind.
There is one strong, strict evolutionary plug in “Interstellar,” but it is for the learned ear. If you’re concerned that “Interstellar” may go beyond the likes of common science fiction regarding the nature of life and its existence beyond Earth—if that theological boundary concerns you—particularly for the younger audience, I believe you can take comfort that it does not do so.
There is talk of “ghosts,” but the outcome is not so much occultic as it is science fiction. I don’t want to say too much more about this, so as to not give away the story, but while “Interstellar” taps into the concept of other dimensions and beings beyond our reach, know that it does so with the hand of science fiction and not some religious or particularly occultic objective.
Humanist worldview / Secular Humanism—What Is It?
Pantheism—the erroneous belief that the universe and God are identical, and that God is not personal and as described in the Bible / Note: In reality, the universe is merely a creation of God and will be destroyed at the end of the Millenium, when God creates a New Heavens and New Earth.
“Interstellar” is devoid of sex, nudity or drugs. It contains less profanity than many PG-13 movies. Details below.
For many Christians, there is only so much about the good in a story they generally feel comfortable embracing or espousing unless the message points directly to Christ. This film does not point to Christ, but it points to love, endurance, charity, loyalty, family, humanity and tough choices in an inspiring manner, worthy of the labor of life we all share.
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Moderate to heavy—“Jesus” (2), GD, OMG, damn, “You f***-ing coward,” s-words (5), “*ss” (5) / Sex/Nudity: Minor
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.