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Difference Between Interstellar and Gravity

The world cinema is full of grappling science-fiction, fantasy movies from Hollywood as well as the Japanese and European film industries. But no one has better stories to tell about life beyond Earth than the Hollywood. This includes some of the most impressive and amazing space adventure movies of all time. Movies have the power to move the audiences to incredible places, including outer space. If you want to be entertained, astonished and thrilled at the same time, go watch a space movie. Two such amazing movies that take place in the outer space are the 2013 released Gravity and 2014 released Interstellar. Undoubtedly, both the movies are exceptionally good but they follow different paths. Both adhere to the science of space with a little touch of fantasy and science fiction. While Interstellar shows the diversity of vast spaces with excellent visual representations, Gravity is more like a survival movie with agonizing physical details and astonishing visuals.

 

What is Interstellar?

The Christopher Nolan 2014’s masterpiece Interstellar is one of the greatest science-fiction space-based movies in the history of cinema. Visually enthralling and equally thought-provoking, Interstellar is an awe-inspiring movie about wormholes and black holes with no UFOs or weird-looking creatures from other planet. It’s a movie about space exploration but is truly science fiction with brains and heart. The movie is directed and produced by Christopher Nolan and the leading star cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Mackenzie Foy. Much of the science of Interstellar is just beyond today’s frontiers of human understanding. It has all the elements of science fiction such as space travel, mathematics, wormhole, black hole, time travel, space-time warping and what not. One of the most important pieces of the storytelling is the principle of relativity; the astronauts perceive time differently as one hour on the surface of the first planet they found equals weeks or months on the Earth. The movie is about the astronauts’ struggle to find a new habitable world to replace the near inhabitable Earth.

 

What is Gravity?

The 2013 science fiction thriller Gravity is a mind-bending roller-coaster ride of a movie which is entertaining and frightening at the same time. The Alfonso Cuarón masterpiece Gravity stars three time Golden Globe Awards nominee George Clooney as veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski and the beautiful and talented Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone. This visually stunning film showcases the mysteries of human emotions and deep space with simplicity in the aftermath of a catastrophe leaving the two stranded in deep space with no communication to and from Earth and a zero percent chance of rescue. It’s like a wilderness survival story where the duo deals with their emotions while spiraling out into the deep space. As time running out and fear turns to panic, they venture further into the terrifying expanse of space with nothing but hope to find a way to return to Earth.

 

Difference between Interstellar and Gravity

Cast

The Christopher Nolan 2014’s space-themed blockbuster Interstellar stars the Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey as Joseph Copper, Michael Caine as brilliant Professor Brand, Jessica Chastain as Murphy Cooper, Anne Hathaway as Dr. Amelia Brand, and Casey Affleck as Tom Cooper. The Alfonso Cuarón masterpiece Gravity (2013) stars three time Golden Globe Awards nominee George Clooney as veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski and the beautiful and talented Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone, and Ed Harris as the Mission Control voice.

Plot

Interstellar: Both the movies are exceptionally good but they follow different paths. Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is an ideal messenger of how science works and what great power it brings to mankind as individuals, to the civilization and to the human race. Nolan weaves real science into the film’s fabric. Set in a dystopian future, the movie follows a group of astronauts including the brilliant physicist Professor Brand and their struggle to shift the Earth’s population to one of the three habitable planets via a wormhole. The team ventures into the deep space on a desperate mission to save the human race.

Gravity: The Alfonso Cuarón 2013’s masterpiece Gravity is a thrilling roller-coaster ride with great suspense and heartfelt emotions. The movie is about the brilliant medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone who is on her first space mission with Matt Kowalski. Soon the tension rises, when their shuttle got hit by a high-speed debris and their shuttle destroyed mid-orbit, leaving them stranded in deep space. As time running out and fear turns to panic, they venture further into the terrifying expanse of space with nothing but hope to find a way to return to Earth.

Interstellar vs. Gravity: Comparison Chart

 

Summary

Both the movies follow a near scientific path to survival in the vast expanse of the outer space. While Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is about a group of astronauts and their struggle to shift the Earth’s population to a new habitable planet to save the human race; Gravity deals with the thin chances of survival in the outer space in the rapidly changing circumstances by testing human limits and emotions and their sheer will to survive. Both of the movies are surreal yet they do not feature any aliens or any extra-terrestrial activity for that matter.

 

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[0]Thorne, Kip. The Science of Interstellar. New York, United States: W. W. Norton & Company, 2014. Print

[1]Dr Trotta, Robert. “The science of Interstellar: astrophysics, but not as we know it.” The Guardian, theguardian.com, 5 Nov 2014. https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2014/nov/05/interstellar-astrophysics-does-space-science-work-out. Accessed 23 Sept 2019.

[2]Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/anakbrunei/15603157147

[3]Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/congfengchen/10038709373

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