I recently went to see the movie Interstellar with one of my nephews. As many of you know I’m a bit of a sci-fi geek (special effects, CGI and such are like Crack to me), so I was excited to see all the “eye candy” the movie potentially had to offer! I wasn’t disappointed – at least from that standpoint. The special effects are well done and believable, but the underlying theme of the movie is (unfortunately, and in more ways than one) predictable. In addition, there is an overall depressing spiritual nature about this film which became more and more evident to me as the movie went on. At some points it became almost uncomfortable for me to continue watching.
The storyline (spoiler warning!) goes like this; Earth is dying, and a small group of intrepid adventurers travels through time and space in their quest of finding a planet which will sustain human life. The main opening characters are well-played by Matthew McConaughey (Cooper), John Lithgow (Cooper’s father-in-law, Donald) and Mackenzie Foy (Cooper’s young daughter, “Murph”). The underlying premise of the movie is laid during the first half hour and includes an interesting twist – there seems to be a ‘ghost’ in the Cooper house, which is trying (via tricks with gravity) to contact Murph! This ‘ghost’ uses gravity in attempts to communicate some information to Murph, which involves spelling words and offering coordinates for Cooper and Murph to investigate.
Through a series of events Cooper and Murph are led to a complex of buildings, which turns out to be the remains of NASA. The facility director (Michael Caine as Prof. Brand) and his daughter (Anne Hathaway as Dr. Brand) explain that they have a contingency plan to save the people of Earth (indeed, the whole human race!) from impending doom. The plan (Plan A) involves traveling through a worm hole which appeared a few decades earlier, and through which 3 explorers have already made the journey. These astronauts have discovered planets which can potentially sustain life, but the results need to be verified. Cooper, Dr. Brand and a third astronaut (David Gyasi as Romilly) suit up and blast off to find a new home for mankind. If Plan A doesn’t work, then Plan B calls for taking human embryos and providing a new start by ‘colonizing’ the new planet with humans.
Once through the worm hole (I did enjoy the CGI ‘ride’ they provide!) they encounter a difficult decision. There is limited fuel and time as well, too limited in fact to investigate all the planets. A disaster on one of the planets causes a lapse in time (due to a folding of time near a black hole) and returns Cooper and Brand to their awaiting colleague Romilly, but almost 30 years later! By some means they are still able to communicate with Earth, but during the time they lost, Cooper finds that his children have grown up. His young daughter Murph is now an adult Murph (Jessica Chastain), and has followed Prof. Brand into studying the field of space travel.
A choice must be made on which planet to investigate next, which leads them to discover Dr. Mann (Matt Damon) stranded on an ice planet. Through a further series of disasters the only two left alive are Cooper and Brand, trying to find their way back to the last viable option available. Eventually, a self-sacrificing Cooper helps Brand to find a habitable planet on which to implant the human race (fulfilling Plan B). As a result of his sacrifice, Cooper is stranded in space – and finds himself in a temporal area which somewhat resembles his Earth home. Through the ‘windows’ of the area he sees his once-young daughter Murph, and (you guessed it!) tries to communicate with her. He is the ‘ghost’ that they experienced so long ago! He eventually gets his message through (although it’s to the adult Murph), causing her to intervene in time to spare the human race from annihilation. The end of the movie finds Cooper trying to make his way back to Brand, who is stranded alone on her planet.
The latter part of the movie is when I became especially disappointed. I began to suspect an ‘ulterior motive’ in why this movie was put out. The mix of scientific principles and cutting edge technology (already known and used today) employed in the story of the movie, as well as the inclusion of many current theories, is impressive. My disappointment stems from the way the producer/s continuously insist that current ‘scientific’ theories are established facts. Not unlike how the current show Cosmos goes into a lopsided and irrational ‘explanation’ of the origin of life, this movie takes a lot of license with the truth. Perhaps that’s because truth is an inconvenience to those who believe the foolishness of evolution? The resulting moral of this movie is that we all need to depend upon ourselves, because there is no One else around to help except us. What a sad and depressing way to view your existence!
Beginning with the assumption of evolution as scientific fact, the plot quickly involves the latest theoretical nonsense presented by Stephen Hawking regarding gravity. As Hawking contends, gravity is the source of everything and transcends everything. Gravity is responsible for the creation, evolution, destruction and re-creation of all there is. This theory plays the prominent role in the movie as the ‘explanation’ for the events which are portrayed. There are so many half-truths, assumptions and outright fabricated and unfounded theories presented as ‘facts,’ I had a hard time finding place to start in addressing them all. Without going into the details, my nephew and I talked a little about how the movie’s ‘explanation’ using gravity was impossible. The good news is that we didn’t even need to go into a discussion of M-theory or anything else like that! We were able to just focus on something simple, like probability.
Biology is dependent upon proteins, and without protein formation life could not exist. Probability* declares that the formation of the simplest component of a L-form Amino Acid protein is 10×1064,390 which, for all intents, makes the spontaneous formation of life impossible when considering the multitude of additional problems with ‘evolution.’ There simply isn’t enough time to allow for the random formation of necessary proteins, much less the ‘evolution’ of these proteins into ever-increasingly complex forms.
This information is not a theory but provable and replicatable scientific fact. There must, therefore, be something else going on to explain why relatively intelligent people give themselves over to the stupidity of belief in evolution (and it is THAT motive which is the driving force behind why Interstellar was made). The motive is that misguided people are in rebellion against their Creator, and want to come up with something – anything – which would offer them the chance to justify their lack of faith in God. This offering, despite the obviously impossible nature of what they choose to believe, is presented in Interstellar as facts.
Once a person rejects the truth of God, whatever is left becomes believable – regardless of how foolish, contradictory or stupid it may be. Such is the case with this movie. My real disappointment is that there are thousands (perhaps millions) who will ‘swallow’ the fake science presented as further proof of the meaningless existence of life. The very people who ought to know better – the scientists who should understand better than others how wonderfully the universe is made – instead perpetuate the lie of evolution. This, unfortunately, is to be expected;
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man — and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
While you (like me) may enjoy the movie for the special effects it contains, the pervasive presentation of the godless existence of an evolutionary mindset is depressing. The only hope to combat this error is the presentation of the truth of God’s creation which, for those seeking it, will help clarify the reality God has given to us. However, the negative spiritual connotations of this movie are almost palpable. Proceed at your own risk!
*Wysong, R. L. The creation-evolution controversy. (pp 81-93), Inquiry Press, Midland, MI.