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Film: Interstellar
"We must confront the reality that nothing in our solar system can help us...we must reach far beyond our own lifespans. We must think not as individuals...but as a species. We must confront the reality of interstellar travel."

"We've always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. Are we lost on that? Perhaps, we've just forgotten that we are still pioneers. And we've barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us."
Cooper, teaser trailer

Interstellar, scheduled for release in November 2014, is a film directed by Christopher Nolan, written by Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan. It is about a group of explorers who use a newly discovered wormhole to make an interstellar voyage.

Tropes present in this film:

  • Crapsack World: A blurb on the film's official website implies that Earth has become this, with governments and economies having collapsed, humanity suffering a planetwide famine and NASA itself being shut down only to be brought back to conduct the interstellar voyage in hopes of finding new worlds to colonize before humanity dies out.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: In the third trailer the first stanza of the Trope Namer poem is explicitly and beautifully recited. Presumably this will be a major theme in the film too.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Murphy, due to her brother teasing her about Murphy's Law.
  • Genre Throwback: During an interview at CinemaCon, Nolan mentioned that the film will be in the vein of the Sci-Fi films he grew up with, like Star Wars and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • Living Is More Than Surviving: According to Matthew McConaughey, this is part of the setting, with humanity being alive but having grown so cynical and focused on merely surviving the Crapsack World that nobody other than the film's protagonists is truly trying to find ways to make things better.
  • Manly Tears: At one point in the trailer, Cooper makes a tearful goodbye to his daughter Murphy before he leaves.
    Cooper: (tearfully) Murph, I love you. Forever.
  • Mohs Scale of Science Fiction Hardness: According to the supporting material, a hard 5; the wormhole is heavily based off of Kip Thorne's mathematical models, which also give a clue to a major plot twist: Time Travel.
  • Recycled Trailer Music: The second trailer uses "Evey Reborn" from V for Vendetta to amazing effect.
  • Romanticism Versus Enlightenment: The trailer presents a rather Romanticist view of space travel - "our destiny lies above us."
  • Shout-Out: The narration used in the trailer and shots make it look like Nolan is paying Homage to Terrence Malick (one of Nolan's inspirations for filmmaking).
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: The story is based on the plight of a few idealists trapped on a cynical, dying world. However, the optimistic tone that has been presented seems to indicate that the optimists win out in the end.
  • Stock Footage: Used in the initial teaser, which shows things like the Wright Brothers and when Man first entered space.
  • Time Travel: A look on Interstellar's IMDB page, as well as Kip Thorne's theories on wormholes, give away one of the plot twists: the wormhole being used as a time machine, and at least one of the planets shown in the latest trailer being Earth from a different era. The Michael Caine quote above is another Exact Words clue that time travel is involved.
  • Twenty Minutes into the Future: All that we see of the film's setting is someone driving an ordinary looking pick-up truck.
    • To elaborate, the pickup is a current generation Dodge Ram, but it's noticeably rusty and beaten up, indicating that the movie is set at least a couple years ahead of our time.
      • Confirmed in longer, theatrical trailers that the conflict is that the human race is rapidly running out of food, and thus the mission is in order to find a new world.
    • May also be quite literal in the case of the wormhole; one of the plot twists is that Thorne Wormholes can be used as time machines, and that's exactly what the protagonists do.

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