Christopher Nolon’s Interstellar Film is a Masterpiece About the Importance and Value of Time

We just watched the movie Interstellar for the first time again in over 4 years and we have to say it was even better than before! With us focusing on time as such a valuable resource and being so misunderstood, one of the reasons we liked Interstellar so much was the extreme focus on time. If you want to learn more and understand the importance of time, this movie will do that for you in a heartbeat. It makes you think of the past, present, and future differently as well.

To give a little context for the movie, there is a terrible dust that is covering all of earth and these dust storms keep occurring making the problem even worse. Humanity’s chance of survival on earth is very slim because of this. Since the storms and dust have been going on for a long time, there are only a few crops remaining for food on earth so time is running out to find a solution. This is when Cooper (the main character) and some other astronauts go into space to visit some new promising planets to potentially live on.

If the plot of the movie does not hook you, the visual effects sure will.

Once in space, time, and how it is understood and works on earth, changes drastically. In one of the missions, a costly mistake happens which causes them to use significantly more time than they had anticipated. For every hour on that planet equals 7 years back on earth. Because of the mistake, which was supposed to be a very short mission, ended up costing them 23 years. Seeing the pain of them realizing just how much time had been lost puts everything in to perspective for how we live our lives. Just because we can’t see how our actions now will affect the future, does not mean that 10 years later we will look back and with hindsight, clearly see what we should have been doing. We need to value our time now and think about the future to make sure we are setting ourselves up and everyone else to be in a better situation.

With time being so important, Interstellar puts its characters into some really tough situations where the answer isn’t clear what the best decision should be.

We dont want to spoil too much of the movie, and there are many more examples we could use, but if you have any passing interest in the value of time (and a great movie), this film does a fantastic job showing just how valuable your time should be thought of. Doctor Brand (one of the main characters) makes a statement preparing for one of the missions saying “We need to think of time as a resource just like oxygen and food.” While we don’t have that kind of pressure on us luckily, once we lose our time we don’t get it back. We need to make sure we are using it and treating it like a valuable resource. For how long this movie is (almost 3 hours) and saying everything we just said about how valuable your time is, we can say this is a good use of your time and a great movie! We highly recommend it and think you will come out better after having watched it.

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One comment

  1. Interesting to see the movie from the perspective of the importance of time. I have a new appreciation for the movie and my use of time.
    It gives me a new view of this quote I share with students sometimes: The trouble is, you think you have time. ~Unknown

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