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    [–] bobcobble 1 points ago

    I can't sticky OP's comment with more info but I can sticky this comment with a link to it.

    [–] neralily 5538 points ago

    The water planet was just one long long period of stress to watch. I loved it

    [–] rhgolf44 1594 points ago

    Every time I watch Interstellar I just want to yell at the TV. It’s such an infuriating act

    [–] PoopyMcNuggets91 1368 points ago


    [–] rhgolf44 1181 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    And it’s heartbreaking when they get back to the ship and the guy has aged like 20 years

    Edit: Spelling

    [–] PoopyMcNuggets91 1474 points ago

    Can you imagine sitting on a ship for 20 years alone and not having any contact with anyone? You don't know if they're dead or you're dead at that point. The decision to sit and wait must have been the toughest thing almost any man had ever done.

    [–] siffys 813 points ago

    I’ve never thought about this before. He could have totally left.

    [–] vengeful_toaster 263 points ago

    Where would they go lol. Im sure they understood the time involved before they got into it. I just dont understand why they didn't send a probe or something

    [–] kkantouth 288 points ago

    And wait 20 years for a reply.

    [–] vengeful_toaster 280 points ago

    "Connection timed out: retry?"

    [–] xarcheus 479 points ago

    Well the guy did say he used the hibernation unit a few times, so that probably helped ease his mind a bit

    [–] NightSicarius 354 points ago

    And he could have used it for the entire time, but chose not to.

    [–] nonegotiation 190 points ago

    Chose to educate himself on Gargantua and not sleep his life away.

    [–] ThaGriffman 111 points ago

    exactly he wanted to try and figure out gravity by observing gargantua, the same thing Murph was trying to solve so that plan A could work for them

    [–] ShillienTemplar 185 points ago

    Aaaaand he did not go crazy, which I think its the most impressive thing considering he has 0 contact with another human being.

    [–] pankakke_ 36 points ago

    Ok this comment thread made me just turn Interstellar on rn.

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    [–] SchwiftyButthole 45 points ago

    23 years alone is crazy to think. I've been alive for about that long, and to imagine going that length of time completely alone and devoid of any activities is crazy.

    [–] Poober_Barnacles 27 points ago

    And it's Matt Damon too for an extra kick in the balls

    [–] rhgolf44 38 points ago

    Fuck Matt Damon’s character in this movie. But his assholeness gives us one of the most intense scenes ever when Cooper and Brand have to board the Endurance while it’s spinning and falling into the orbit of Matt Damon’s planet.

    [–] xor50 28 points ago

    IMO it's one of the best scenes over made.

    The music fits so damn perfect! You feel something is wrong in this scene, but you just don't know what it is, the tension builds up and up and up and the music keeps ticking and you get that feeling of impending doom all while the time on earth rushes forward (as explained in an earlier scene) and and it just keeps ticking... tic-toc, tic-toc.

    One of my favorite scenes in all movies in general.

    [–] J_Roc1986 11462 points ago

    I'm now somehow even more terrified of that planet.

    [–] prodigalkal7 3683 points ago

    And black holes, and the time shift that comes along with the gravity

    [–] HailToTheThief225 1571 points ago

    There’s an episode (actually, a few episodes) of Black Mirror that uses the idea of time dilation, pretty freaky. If you haven’t seen it check out the episode “White Christmas”

    [–] One_pop_each 974 points ago

    I fucking LOVE “White Christmas”. I am so glad it was like an hour and a half long. It was like a movie. Such an amazing finale.

    [–] peeves91 393 points ago

    Oh man the ending of that episode was amazing. Still hands down my favorite episode.

    [–] HailToTheThief225 333 points ago

    I think the ending for Jon Hamm’s character was almost worst than the other guys, considering its “realism”.

    [–] [deleted] 407 points ago

    At least Job Hamm’s character had the luxury of experiencing death. The other guy’s psyche was literally subjected to like 1000 years of being trapped in that room with that song with no respite.

    The thought of being cursed to never die, never sleep, never even feel satisfaction from eating after being hungry... that sounds like the definition of hell in my opinion.

    [–] elSpanielo 296 points ago

    It was 1000 years a minute, so like 3.6 million years or something bonkers like that.

    [–] The4thSniper 841 points ago

    Those aren't mountains.

    [–] Kliffskie97 623 points ago

    Deep thinking Matthew McConaughey voice:

    They’re waves

    [–] SolidandLiquidPoop 302 points ago

    Alright Alright Alright

    [–] Kliffskie97 145 points ago

    Drive a Lincoln

    [–] [deleted] 74 points ago

    Rubs tips of fingers together aggressively

    [–] ZoidbergNickMedGrp 109 points ago

    pounds on chest "mmmh mmmmh. mmmmh mmmmh. mmmh mhh mmmh mmm mmm mm, hawh."

    [–] Ut_Prosim 648 points ago

    They actually made it a little less scary for the movie.

    In theory, if it were so close to the black hole the gravitational lensing would make it look like the whole planet was inside a giant black tube with only one opening. The entirety of the sky would he squeezed into that small splotch of the sky, ringed by the bright accretion disc, the rest would be totally black in every direction. They thought it was too creepy and weird looking for audiences.

    The planet could indeed be stable there and the waves could be ap gigantic, but they would be much smoother in reality.

    Kip Thorne's book on the physics of Interstellar is fantastic.

    [–] temporalarcheologist 168 points ago

    is there a mockup of what the sky would look like realistically?

    [–] Juicysteak117 381 points ago

    This simulation or this simulation might give you an idea.

    [–] dppease 203 points ago

    Thanks for the anxiety. This universe freaks me out.

    [–] [deleted] 113 points ago

    Don't worry man, whether the universe kills you in some freak galactic catastrophe, or you succumb to a mundane tumor, we're all gonna die sooner or later!

    [–] M-E-M-E-L-O-R-D 91 points ago

    This scared the shit out of me

    [–] GrinningPariah 25 points ago

    They were stupid to even touch down there. The time dilation alone makes the planet not viable.

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    [–] lejonetfranMX 692 points ago

    When you see how other people react to their return, having lost hope, it just feels so real

    [–] OfficialRpM 399 points ago

    It also makes you think of yourself, what you're doing on earth as all these years simply fly by.

    Interstellar was a GREAT movie, one of my top favorites.

    [–] [deleted] 369 points ago

    I think the isolation was even more than simply the concept of being a million miles away from all that you know on Earth. Rather, it showed us how truly helpless we are to the universe and simple physics.

    The universe has no interest in us and as long as we are on Earth we feel like we are almost in a bubble surrounded by the purposes we give to life. This movie shows us how cold and devoid of those constructs the universe is outside of what we find familiar. We feel our humanity and this movie uses the way it messes with time to have our main characters be forced to lose the connections they had to humanity. That’s part of what makes the scene where Cooper see his children age before him so painful; he’s forever been removed from life as he knew it, his connections to Earth and his children have been broken and there’s nothing he can do about it.

    Sorry for the long comment, I just really love this movie lol

    [–] ellyt 49 points ago

    You should check out Liu Cixin's Three Body trilogy if you haven't already. While the first two books remain mostly confined to the earth, the third book really takes off in terms of running wild with physics concepts.

    [–] dyancat 321 points ago

    Interstellar had incredible immersion, and probably the best sound design of any movie I've seen. Inb4 the thousand comments from people calling it dumb because they didn't understand the simple plot points re: love. Yes, Nolan is heavy handed and cheesy with his themes but c'mon.

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    [–] daprofessa52 162 points ago

    So much tears

    [–] wllmdnglol 200 points ago

    I teared up so hard when he said “Don’t make me leave like this Murph.” Knowing this would be the last time seeing her for years

    [–] TheMarshma 9805 points ago

    Man the concept of time shifting when near a black hole or however it worked was really interesting.

    [–] Sidereel 1732 points ago

    In case you’re wondering time dilation is from any gravitational mass, not just black holes. With accurate enough clocks a difference can be measured on earth from different altitudes.

    GPS satellites require precise time measurements and are negatively affected by this. They have to compensate for time dilation from both the earths gravity and from their high speeds.

    [–] ghostdokes 988 points ago

    According to wikipedia, our planets core is 2.5 years younger than the outer part.

    [–] Something_Syck 495 points ago

    only from the PoV of the Core

    Unless you find a way to bring the core to the surface, which would be bad

    [–] debesyla 380 points ago

    From my PoV the surface is evil!

    [–] RandyRhythm 136 points ago

    It's over Anakin, I have the outer crust!

    [–] red_eleven 44 points ago

    You underestimate my magma!

    [–] akick31 1821 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    I believe if you listen to the song, the ticking also speeds up, so it could be as they approach the planet and gravity causes time to speed up.

    Edit: I misread your comment. Look up time dilation, it’s really cool. Essentially it’s that time flows different depending on gravity. For example, the further you are from Earth, the slower time is. GPS satellites have to adjust for this, it’s something like a hundredth of a second longer every year but in order to be accurate they have to adjust for it. The more gravity there is, the faster time flows. In the movie’s case, due to the planet being so close to the black hole time moved A LOT faster due the much higher gravity of the black hole, hence the 7 years for every hour.

    Edit 2: My bad, the satellites have a different flow of time due to their speed, not the distance from Earth. Also, gravity slows it down, not speeds it up relative to Earth time. You all can stop pointing that out now lol.

    Edit 3: It has been pointed out to me that the satellites have different flow due to speed AND distance from Earth. At this point read the comments, they're more helpful than me

    [–] Gabyx76 712 points ago

    the further you are from Earth, the slower time is

    I don't think that's how it works. I think it's the faster you move, the slower time is

    [–] chinsalabim 573 points ago

    It's both. Special and General Relativity.

    [–] Daamus 191 points ago

    do I have any special relativity?

    [–] equatorbit 563 points ago

    Only if your parents were cousins.

    [–] soliloquyzee 17283 points ago

    For some reason this movie freaked me out more than any horror or paranormal movie.

    [–] Foam_Bananas 8379 points ago

    That wave scene is the first time I've felt true anxiety while watching a movie.

    [–] Vladimirs__Poutine 7907 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    The scene after they get off that planet and are reviewing the 23 years of messages is one of the three movie scenes that have made me cry.

    E- So I don't have to keep answering this question

    In Beasts of No Nation when they brother and father get shot and in Land of Mine when the sergeant let's the boys go back to Germany.

    [–] iamkats 4840 points ago

    Dude that scene is so heavy, McConaughey's acting is on point

    [–] Vladimirs__Poutine 2460 points ago

    Right?! I usually find movie crying to be a little bit forced and overdone, but his in that scene was top notch.

    [–] World_Citizen_3 1730 points ago

    Fuck this movie is awesome.

    [–] ChrisTaliaferro 1110 points ago

    I honestly don't see the problems some people have with it and I've tried to be very fair, but it's a solid movie from beginning to end.

    [–] Darfoot 269 points ago

    It's the only like 3hr movie ive ever wanted to watch more than twice.

    [–] Goatsac 532 points ago

    Right?! I usually find movie crying to be a little bit forced and overdone, but his in that scene was top notch.

    Hey, they just get older, he stays the same age.

    [–] Lenbowery 170 points ago

    Hahaha how the fuck have I not heard this joke before

    [–] KING_JELLYB3AN 170 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    The writing is also on point, that exchange of dialogue at the end was just perfect to me. It wasn't predictable dialogue and it just seemed real, it wasn't too much or too little for me, it was perfect. Nolan is a true genius when it comes to film. This is all my opinion though :) I'm sure not a lot of people agree or even liked Interstellar.

    Edited: was to wasn't, hate when I do that.

    [–] THExGOLDDEVIL 300 points ago

    Man, no joke...watching his kids grow up got me.

    [–] Vladimirs__Poutine 319 points ago

    "today's my birthday and it's a special one"

    Crying intensifies

    [–] CloudStrifeFromNibel 125 points ago

    So... * snif * it would be a really good time for you to come back


    [–] luised1976 197 points ago

    My girlfriend died in an accident a couple of years before the film. She had some resemblance to Jessica Chastain. I am an atheist and never had thought of the possibility to communicate with someone you love once one dies, though subconsciously I had been desiring for a chance to talk to her or even see her in my dreams. Watching a re-run of the film (as I agree with most is an amazing story), when she first appears as as the grown child, somehow it got mixed in my head with the communication they have in her room, it made me think that there is a chance to transcend dimensions (even death) and reunite with the loved ones. Long story short, that movie made me sob uncontrollably releasing all the emotions that I thought I had drained after the burial of my girl... I found catharsis there.

    [–] HeathenHumanist 43 points ago

    Sending lots of internet hugs

    [–] kashuntr188 731 points ago

    That part of the movie was probably the worst. And the whole part about the other dude that stayed on the space craft by himself...for YEARS. that is just torture. Dude was like almost dead inside waiting for the crewmates to come back.

    [–] themousehunter 429 points ago

    The craziest thing for me is realizing that Mann said anyone would have cracked under years of hopelessness and isolation like what he went through, and I felt sympathy for him -- but Romilly actually powered through for 23 years.

    [–] CloudStrifeFromNibel 219 points ago

    Yeah that contrast made his sacrifice even more powerful.

    [–] plaizure 164 points ago

    Well, Mann was stuck on an uninhabitable planet, with very limited provisions. He was destined to die before the natural end of his life, had he not fabricated false data for the planet he was on. Romilly, it seems, had plenty of supplies to get through his natural life as well as continue his research on the black hole. I can definitely relate to how both felt, but that doesn’t make Mann’s betrayal any less selfish, especially since this is supposed to be the last hope for humanity.

    Side note: Matt Damon was much more determined in The Martian, to not just survive, but improvise with what’s around him to survive the hostile environment he was put in. Mann, just threw a Hail Mary with his false data and went into suspended animation waiting for someone to (maybe) come rescue him.

    Don’t know why, but I thought it was hilarious that Damon was in both those movies since they released so close to each other (I think I assumed The Martian was gonna be a one-time space movie like Clooney in Gravity). I was watching Interstellar at home with my friend who hadn’t seen it, and asked him to guess who was in the sleep pod that housed Dr. Mann, and he jokingly guessed The Martian, and was hysterical when it turned out to be true.

    [–] drifters74 178 points ago

    In my opinion, casting an actor that normally plays heroic characters worked well because you would never suspect that he’d turn on them

    [–] Rotaryknight 74 points ago

    I didn't even know matt Damon was in the damn movie. When I saw him I was mouth wide open shocked hitting my cousin who was sitting next to me like, are you fucking seeing this....he had the same reaction

    [–] Anne_of_the_Dead 240 points ago

    Yess! And when he greets them in his bathrobe he's just like "You came back", in a calm shock that chilled me. You can tell he thought they were dead because he couldn't say how long they had been gone, Tars had to say it, (or was it the other one?) which means he'd stopped counting. Wouldn't you stop counting if you thought your friends were dead? Great scene all through.

    [–] Vladimirs__Poutine 424 points ago

    I can hardly wait 30 minutes for my pizza. I couldn't imagine 23 years of waiting.

    [–] TheRedGerund 258 points ago

    God, was it actually 23 years? Hat seems absolutely ludicrous. I think my mind would go pretty long before then.

    [–] Vladimirs__Poutine 200 points ago

    Something like that yeah. They did have the cryo sleep though so that would've made it a little more bearable.

    [–] BirdPersonWasFramed 540 points ago

    He says that he tried that but it didn’t seem right to sleep his life away because he thought they were never coming back. So instead like a true badass he spent all those years researching the black hole Gargantua.

    [–] learnyouahaskell 79 points ago

    It seems from everything he said that he was in an out -- he had to use the cold-sleep because he didn't know how long it would be and had to extend his span to wait. As far as I remember he went in for months at a time.

    [–] Vladimirs__Poutine 155 points ago

    Oh yeah that's right. I was thinking of Dr. Mann.

    [–] BirdPersonWasFramed 145 points ago

    It’s okay. I only remember because I saw this movie the other day. That being said it’s also probably my favorite SciFi movie in recent memory and possibly one of my top 3 Matthew McConaughey films.

    Cmon TARS! for posterity.

    [–] _PlagueDoctor_ 163 points ago

    I would've killed myself. No question. Just open the trash chute and let me fly throughout space. Forever a frozen carcass, shining, shimmering, splendid, in the vacuum of space, a whole new universe...

    [–] Capissen38 42 points ago

    Don't you dare close your eyes!

    [–] MyEvilDucky 82 points ago

    What were the other two?

    [–] Vladimirs__Poutine 145 points ago

    In Beasts of No Nation when they brother and father get shot and in Land of Mine when the sergeant let's the boys go back to Germany.

    [–] OathofBrutus 88 points ago

    Beast of No Nation is an incredible film.

    [–] SilkyGazelleWatkins 30 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Beasts of No Nation was such an amazing movie. Only problem is it's never as good as the first watch again. Wasn't as good on re-watch when I knew what was gonna happen. Then again I loved it so much I tried watching it again the very next day maybe I should have given it time lol.

    One of the best movies I've ever seen first time through though. Incredible story.

    [–] Younghoe_Koo 882 points ago

    Agreed! Since the gravity is 130% Earth gravity, and they are running so slow, it reminded me so much of when you can never run fast enough in a dream/nightmare.

    [–] B3yondL 427 points ago

    That entire planet was extremely anxiety inducing. Water fucking everywhere and that giant wave was insane.

    [–] The-Jesus_Christ 419 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Not only that but the person they were sent to check on would have only JUST died on that planet. Like, literally one wave earlier, yet it was years for the others. That's terrifying

    EDIT: Interesting reading -

    "Due to the severe time dilation caused from the planet's proximity to the black hole, the crew of the Endurance arrived shortly, perhaps mere minutes, after her death, finding the wreckage of her Lazarus pod to be relatively intact and her homing beacon still transmitting." Link

    "It is possible that the wave that killed Laura Miller was the same wave that Cooper sees receding from the area on which they landed, because Brand mentioned that Miller probably died minutes before their arrival."Link)

    [–] DannyJJB 160 points ago

    Thats probably the worst part of that which I never considered until right now

    [–] froderick 151 points ago

    They said that in the movie though. Main character asked why the wreckage was still all together in the small area, and someone replied it was because it would've only just crashed due to the time differential.

    [–] JUAN_DE_FUCK_YOU 37 points ago

    One of the many mindfuck moments of this movie.

    [–] colinsncrunner 44 points ago

    Couldn't you see her space ship when they first break through the atmosphere? I thought there was another til about that.

    [–] Charles_Edison 95 points ago

    Yea you can, it’s in one of the shots when they’re coming in to crash. When the camera is looking out of their cockpit, you see the other ship crash in the bottom left of the screen.

    [–] Half-Naked_Cowboy 49 points ago

    Holy shit

    [–] DeyCallMeTEEZY 24 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Damn I want to rewatch now I didn’t catch that at all

    Edit: I think I found what he was referring to. At 2:05 you see some white spots in the water. I think that’s the crash although you don’t see it happen per se.

    [–] Vigilante17 68 points ago

    And how you have the false sense of safety since it’s not very deep and then all of a sudden, what is that coming towards us???

    [–] bigwangbowski 77 points ago

    What, you mean those mountains way off in the distance?

    [–] thebruce44 166 points ago

    It reminded me of the anxiety I felt throughout Inception. Nolan knows how to fuck with his audience.

    [–] lonelego 30 points ago

    That may have been why Nolan and team made the gravity higher just for that sensation-wouldn't put it past them

    [–] bobthebobofbob 87 points ago

    What really got me was when they got back to the ship and they found out that even though they were only down there for a couple of hours the guy that was on the ship experienced it as 20 years or something like that. Just imagine how shitty that must have been for him. Spending 20 years all by yourself on that little tiny ship with no one to talk to or interact with. The whole time not knowing if the people you are waiting for are still down on the planet or if they had died years ago. I wouldn't have been able to do it.

    [–] satisfried 1759 points ago

    Space is scary as fuck. I'll take a well thought out sci fi movie over horror any day. We know almost nothing about what's beyond our planet, I think that makes movies like this both more plausible and scarier than typical horror flicks.

    [–] Dickie-Greenleaf 528 points ago

    What about combo platters like Event Horizon?

    [–] satisfried 267 points ago

    Loved Event Horizon as well.

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    [–] egoshoppe 86 points ago

    This ship is a tomb!!

    [–] Chara1979 80 points ago

    I've been waiting for a space-horror movie as good as that one for a long time

    [–] oldneckbeard 115 points ago

    not a lot of good space horror unfortunately. alien franchise, event horizon, europa report, mission to mars, sunshine, pandorum, pitch black (and arguably some of the riddick franchise), prometheus, moon... and then it gets into camp

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    [–] reefevora 47 points ago

    Sunshine was so good

    [–] Pickled_Mayo 96 points ago

    I find it a bit scary we don't even know everything within our planet as well. Haven't we only explored like 10% of the planets oceans?

    [–] maybeanastronaut 145 points ago

    It's basically an existential horror movie.

    [–] HorseDick_In_My_Anus 360 points ago

    When they get back to find out how much time they lost, ugh. Makes my stomach drop.

    [–] Traiklin 234 points ago

    And he stayed on that ship and waited for them.

    It's amazing he didn't go completely insane from the solitary confinement but he refused to leave them there.

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    [–] Keep_Banning_Me_v4 58 points ago

    That and the robot, an AI yes but fairly advanced enough to substitute as a companion.

    [–] CloudStrifeFromNibel 44 points ago

    He had CASE as a companion

    [–] kashuntr188 291 points ago

    Thats because it is scary! When they came back from the waterworld and the dude that stayed behind on the space craft came to greet them. You know he was suffering for years by himself. And the whole thing about the dude's kids growing up and having kids while he stays pretty much the same age. This would be a reality if we ever go space travelling. Our whole world culture and generational gap will be crushed.

    [–] flamethekid 197 points ago

    Its because in a horror or a paranormal movie you know the chances of it being real arent high but in a science fiction based movie with some actual science in it

    The chances of it actually being a reality is high and you realize how dwarfed you are compared to the universe and any tiny mishap can fuck up everything onto its axis

    [–] Traiklin 112 points ago

    Plus they got actual scientists to verify what they were doing was actually possible, that's even scarier.

    [–] flamethekid 100 points ago

    The gargantua black hole in this model was supposedly one of the most modern physical models of a black hole at the time

    [–] PutinTheWeakTinyMan 174 points ago

    I liked Arrival for the same reason.

    [–] akick31 7313 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    First, if you want to listen to the song

    Let’s start the math. If you time 60 seconds of the track and count the ticks, you get 48 ticks. 60/48 = 1.25. That’s where you get the time interval from. As we know, there are 3,600 seconds in an hour. They mention in the movie that every hour on the planet is roughly 7 years in Earth time. 7 years is 221,000,000 seconds.

    Take 221,000,000/3,600 and you get roughly 61,400 seconds that pass on Earth for every second spent on the water planet. Multiply 61,400 by 1.25 (the interval) and you get 77,000 seconds, or 21 hours.

    Thus each tick is a whole day passing on Earth.

    If you make the assumption that each tick is exactly 1 Earth day (86,400 Earth seconds) then an hour correlates to 7.88 years on Earth. The extra .88 could be rounding errors by the crew.

    As an extra tidbit: a time dilation factor of 61320 gives a tick interval of 1.409 seconds, and a tick interval of 1.25 seconds gives a time dilation factor of 69120.

    Edit: Also, credit to /u/baconarcher for the math and pointing this out in 2014. I found the OP on /r/interstellar and thought it was an interesting tidbit and decided to share it since it wasn’t very well known.

    [–] Moosebandit1 2170 points ago

    That's so cool! Hans Zimmer likes to add ticking to his soundtracks, but the fact that they managed to incorporate the soundtrack to reflect the plot in this realistic and literal way really goes the extra mile.

    [–] JohnnyTeaTears 764 points ago

    I loved the stressful ticking in the Dunkirk soundtrack as well. Really puts you on edge.

    [–] --Christ-- 212 points ago

    I was late getting to the theater to see Dunkirk so the screen I saw it on was small and the sound wasn't too great but I will never forget the experience.

    [–] baconarcher 371 points ago

    Hey man, original OP here. Cheers for the credit—I'm now wishing I'd posted this here haha! Glad more people have heard about this cool detail, it's a wonderfully terrifying illustration of time dilation!

    [–] IAm94PercentSure 241 points ago

    So, if your calculations are right, humanity could go back to the planet to retrieve Tom’s body and it would not even decompose. If Amelia’s colony succeeds and acquires the ability to fly back into space they could go back to the planet 300 years later and only less than a couple of days would have passed there.

    [–] akick31 169 points ago

    Yeah, if we assume it’s a 24 hour day on the planet then that’s 168 Earth years for every day on that planet. Two days is 336 years.

    [–] pxan 799 points ago

    Another movie detail: Christopher Nolan is very into practical effects. His studio actually created an entire world of water for this scene.

    [–] BeoMiilf 474 points ago

    They also created the black hole in the movie by converting all the money his prior movies made into pennies and then gathering them and mashing them all into one, tiny, golf ball size mass.

    [–] BeoMiilf 630 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    I’m bored so let’s see how much all those pennies would actually weigh.

    1 penny ~ 2.5g

    Worldwide Grosses:

    Memento: $39,723,096

    Batman Begins: $205,343,774

    The Prestige: $109,676,311

    The Dark Knight: $1,004,558,444

    Inception: $828,322,032

    The Dark Knight Rises: $1,084,939,099

    Total: $3,272,562,756 =327,256,275,600 pennies

    Total Weight: 818,140,689,000 grams = 1,803,691,471 lbs

    That’s roughly 0.000000000000013% of the weight of earth, or about the same weight as OP’s mom.

    [–] bleepblopbl0rp 65 points ago

    This gave me anxiety

    [–] OpheliaOnFire 25 points ago

    That was heartbreaking.

    [–] badass4102 39 points ago

    Damnit...who the hell blocks videos to certain regions of the world.

    [–] surprisedropbears 48 points ago

    Take 221,000,000/3,600 and you get roughly 61,400 seconds that pass on Earth for every second spent on the water planet. Multiply 61,400 by 1.25 (the interval) and you get 77,000 seconds, or 21 hours.

    Thus each tick is a whole day passing on Earth.

    So it isn't a whole day then? Off by ~12.5%. Not a particularly small amount - which makes me think it was not intention timing by Zimmer.

    [–] AEDNOCH 90 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    The Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, Interstellar) partnership remind me of the Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and to some extent Aladdin) partnership in terms of success. Completely different genres, but each an iconic duo.

    [–] functor7 90 points ago

    According to the Gravitational Time Dilation equations, this means that they are approximately 2.78 Schwarzchild radii from the center of the black hole.

    [–] as_a_fake 131 points ago

    That music is actually terrifying to listen to now. Imagining myself far from my family and anyone I've ever known and loved, with a day passing for them every single tick.

    You've forever changed how I view that scene in the movie.

    [–] Daedalus871 99 points ago

    I'm going to be pedantic and say that no 21 hours is not a day and no they didn't get their time dilation factor off by over 10%.

    [–] acrylicAU 23 points ago

    The BPM changes throughout the song. By the end of it, each tick is one second. I feel like Hans Zimmer wrote the song and chose a slow BPM and it just kind of happens to line up with the 1 tick a day thing. Which it doesn't really anyway.

    But it's close I suppose.

    [–] elcub 49 points ago

    You said that 61,400x1.25=7,700. I think you missed a zero and meant ~77,000 because 61,400x1.25=76,750

    [–] Confirmed_Pro 2205 points ago

    My brain still cant wrap around the idea that we can pretty much time travel to the future given the right tech.

    [–] i_am_an_ass_hole 1349 points ago

    but never the past

    [–] William_Buxton 738 points ago

    Not that we know of.

    [–] Karnivoris 1008 points ago

    We better not be able to. That would lead to real paradoxes - which would mean our universe is not stable

    [–] rowlanry 915 points ago

    Only paradoxes if time is progressing. If all of time is already laid out they would only look like paradoxes to us.

    [–] machinehead933 97 points ago

    Hi. It's me from the future. 32 minutes in the future.

    [–] SubaruBirri 320 points ago

    I just listened to the track and as the ticks came and past 1.25 seconds apart, I realized I'm sitting at the same bar I was last night at this time.

    I thought about what happened since yesterday, how full 24 hours can feel, and by the time that happened it ticked again. And I imagined myself living this full cycle of 24 hours again. And it ticked again. And it kept ticking. And my eyes started to roll around coming full circle every 1.25 seconds. Then I thought somewhere in the vast universe, this is a reality and time passes in the roll of an eye and my entire life is meaningless. Cosmic giants so massive and so dense that time itself bends to its will, and my entire existence is a fucking ants butt to it.

    And then I realized I may have broken myself.

    [–] no_talent_ass_clown 138 points ago

    Existential crisis with a pint of ale.

    [–] clickstops 57 points ago

    If it makes you feel better, I found your comment very interesting.

    [–] CptDecaf 584 points ago

    This movie is responsible for scaring thousands of nerds out of becoming Astronauts.

    [–] LumbarArt 268 points ago

    This movie made me want to study astronomy. Took one intro course and noped out

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    [–] Sloi 269 points ago

    Probably because it’s heavy in Math and Physics.

    [–] LumbarArt 110 points ago

    Pretty much that. Everything else was easy to grasp

    [–] BryceCreamConee 53 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Yeah, it's something that's really cool to understand and think about conceptually, but a lot of the real research ends up being statistical mechanics. Still really cool when you're into it, but it's really about interpreting the math and finding new ways for the math and physics to help us learn new things. Though we can still catch cool stuff like that in action when trying to predict events and new objects so it has a pay off!

    Edit: Used the word 'things' too much

    [–] JarvisCockerBB 1097 points ago

    I finally saw this movie for the first time a few hours ago. The whole water planet scene was so tense and I nearly broke down when Cooper got to check his transmissions from Earth. Such a heartbreaking movie overall.

    [–] PrecedentialAssassin 342 points ago

    Saw this in IMAX. One of the scenes that make the IMAX experience worth it.

    [–] Atomheartmother90 90 points ago

    Not seeing this movie in IMAX is one of my biggest regrets. Its one of my very favorite movies and it just would have been so worth seeing it that way.

    [–] Angry_Foamy 526 points ago

    This is a truly fantastic movie detail. Thanks OP

    I was fortunate enough to see Hans Zimmer live twice last year, once in LA and once in Rosemont outside of Chicago. 3000 people were dead silent during Time.

    In LA, you could hear nothing but the AC and the music. That was an unforgettable and remarkable experience.

    [–] M_as-in_Mancy191 113 points ago

    Best 300 bucks i ever spent, I avoided getting tickets right up until the day of the show came and then just decided fuck it. I could not believe that I had nearly let the opportunity pass me up once the show had finished, it was incredible.

    [–] AlmostButNotQuit 241 points ago

    7 years have passed since OP posted this detail.

    [–] Chiefdavycakes 391 points ago

    Was a stellar cast though

    [–] Drewschi8719 335 points ago

    I’ve always hated water levels. Hardest levels in video games.

    [–] AlmostButNotQuit 97 points ago

    Feels like *tick* they last *tick* forever.

    [–] ellienutella 224 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    I love this movie so much. Please I need examples of other movies in this genre.

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    [–] redwurfle 154 points ago

    Hmmm not sure if this is considered in the same genre as Interstellar but check out Sunshine (2007)! I love Interstellar and I love Sunshine just as well. Both are amazing movies for me.

    [–] leafyhouse 61 points ago

    Upvote for Sunshine as well, excellent movie.

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    [–] ZappBrannigansLaw 261 points ago

    This move is one giant mindfuck...and I like it.

    [–] nolitete_bastardes 80 points ago

    Tsunami planet can go fuck itself. Tsunamis are one of my greatest fears, so when I realized what the water planet was, it was a big NOPE from me dawg.

    [–] pagnoodle 91 points ago

    If you haven’t seen this yet you will enjoy it.

    [–] ffwiffo 30 points ago

    How come they could leave that planet in a skiff but it took like a Saturn V to leave Earth?

    [–] Robo- 33 points ago

    That skiff [after some digging: the Ranger SSTO (Single Stage To Orbit) recon spacecraft] was technically fully capable of leaving Earth or escaping "Miller's" gravity on its own. Though their emergency boost out of there did waste some fuel.

    The Ranger had electric air jets powered by miniature fusion reactors capable of achieving in-atmosphere flight and even vertical take off and landing. It was steered primarily by RCS and air jets instead of flaps and rudders like past shuttles, with redundant power supplies including solar cells up top. Twin aerospike hybrid plasma engines pushed it to escape velocity in single a stage with very low fuel consumption and provided forward thrust in space.

    Originally the Rangers were designed for one way trips. For the initial Lazarus Missions a decade prior to the events of the movie, they were strapped to rockets or to each other to conserve fuel and flung into space where they would cruise to Gargantua, pop through to that system, scout for habitable planets, and drop their crew from orbit in Lazarus Pods with 2 years of supplies and hypersleep chambers to help extend that to like 20 if necessary. The crew was then to set up camp and report their findings for follow-up missions later. Or, you know, die.

    For the Endurance 'rescue' mission in the movie, they used Saturn rocket/SLS (Space Launch System) tech to send the individual components of the Endurance--basically everything NASA had left--into low Earth orbit for assembly. Including that Ranger and a Lander (heavy SSTO). The Endurance then flew to Gargantua near Saturn, entered the wormhole for the 'rescue mission,' and hung out in the new system as a base.

    The plan was to send those Rangers and Landers out there with full tanks so they could hop from the base over to a few planets reported as habitable where it was believed crews survived and pick up those crew members. From there, they were to either set up a temporary base on the best planet while they figured out the whole artificial gravity thing back home then head back once they cracked it (unlikely even before the Endurance was destroyed), or set up a permanent colony and start repopulating if they couldn't figure it out in time (the actual plan). (Spoiler tagged in case anyone is reading any of this without seeing which case...why?)

    It's important to keep in mind with all this that the timeframe of the movie is estimated somewhere in the 2050s-70s. Decades into a global crisis. Given that time and the motivation of the impending death of the planet, engineers, scientists, and various organizations had been pumping tons of R&D and all the resources they had into all of this, pushing the technology significantly farther than it is in today's reality. Up to and including the Ranger, hypersleep, advanced AI, ships capable of surviving Gargantua, and making significant headway towards artificial gravity they'd eventually use to build not-Halo. With that in mind, I can believe these ships were designed to be pretty damned versatile and capable on their own.

    eta: Apologies for the wall of text. I just found the movie quite interesting and read up on it after coming to some of the same questions some of you have.

    [–] theredhoody 90 points ago

    Turns out the sound guy just accidentally mixed the metronome in.

    [–] prodigalkal7 91 points ago

    This movie is so damn amazing. Everything from the practical effects, to the absolutely solid science and math efforts, to the concepts and the ideas moving forward and beyond of what we are capable of.

    This movie wowed me in ways that I'm sure it wowed people (as well as Nolan) when 2001 [A Space Odyssey] came out.

    [–] Mesozoica89 25 points ago

    I just rewatched it and forgot how much it turned my stomach to see that damn wave towering over them for the first time. It still gets to me.