Thursday, April 9, 2015
I liked it--quite a lot actually. I have seen some people criticize the film for the bad science with respect to "wormholes/black holes," but that didn't detract from the film for me. I thought the way it used the so-called "Grandfather paradox" (which is not really a paradox) made up for other defects. A few more thoughts and spoilers below.
I think some people did not like the film because of what they took to be the humanist message it suggests towards the end, with humans fulfilling the "miraculous" roles often attributed to supernatural entities such as angels, ghosts, and gods; moreover (on this view), the message is that humans will naturally evolve into more godlike creatures. On this reading, the film is pushing a thoroughgoing naturalism. I guess I'm not sure if the film was pushing that message or not. It could be that the basic message is just that the universe is much more mysterious than we normally think, perhaps immortality is possible, and so forth. At any rate, the plot was interesting with some nice twists and turns, the acting was quite good, some of the human relationships were moving (e.g. the father-daughter relationship), and the film entertained me from start to finish. If there is indeed a naturalist agenda being pushed, it's swamped by the entertaining plot.