Week 9: Interstellar, Cinema and Embodiment Effect


In most sci-fi films, visual perception involves the processes of proprioception as well as exteroception. This is the case with the popular 2014 Interstellar film by Christopher Nolan. The grandiose film is based on various serious scientific and philosophical concepts. It also revolves around themes such as love, meaning, human mistakes, among others. The plot of the film centers around a group of astronauts who travel to a far end of the galaxy in an attempt to replace the earth which has already been spoilt (web). Unexplained blights ravage the planet such that the earth is almost becoming inhabitable. Edenic imagery is used to portray the nature’s wrath on irresponsible human activities. While it is not stated, one can use the embodiment effects to conclude that the blight and famine in the earth have been caused by the geo-engineering the atmosphere and genetically modifying crops.

The cinema and embodiment effects applied in the film leave room for viewers to speculate the causalities of some of the unpleasant outcomes. Anne Rutherford argues that perception is neither a biological nor a cognitive process since the distinction can be non-sensical (Rutherford, Anne. 2003, pg. 5). Interstellar attempts to create a doctrine of natural perception. This is because most of its philosophy is constrained by the mechanical application of its own doctrine and is also designed to create a distinction between the viewing of the cinema and the applied natural perception (web). However, the message contained in Interstellar has deep collective consciousness and presents a lot to ponder about. There is a spiritual inclination of the film as much as there is also a philosophical and scientific twist to it. The production of the movie was effective in the use of cinema and embodiment effects to bring all these themes into perspective.


Dyer, Jay. 2014. Interstellar (2014) – The Secret Revelation.Jays Analysis. https://jaysanalysis.com/2014/11/12/interstellar-2014-the-secret-revelation/

Rutherford, Anne. 2003. Cinema and Embodied Affect : Senses of Cinema. http://sensesofcinema.com/2003/feature-articles/embodied_affect/

Zoller, Matt. 2014. Interstellar. Roger Ebert. http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/interstellar-2014


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