Synopsis: In Earth's future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth's population to a new home via a wormhole. But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind's new home.
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 43 wins & 143 nominations.
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169 min


But not the dark lonely corner of it we're used to. This is

a glittering inferno -- the center of a distant galaxy.

Suddenly, something TEARS past at incredible speed: a NEUTRON

STAR. It SMASHES headlong through everything it encounters...

planets, stars. Can anything stop this juggernaut?

Yes. Something looms at the heart of the galaxy, hidden

inside the blinding starlight, a dark flaw in the fabric of

existence itself: a BLACK HOLE.

The neutron star is pulled into the black hole's swirl,

spiraling closer and closer to destruction. Finally, it

contacts the hole's edge and EXPLODES.

The EXPLOSION is so powerful that it sends shock waves into

the fabric of space-time itself. We ride one of these waves,

racing back out from the black hole.

Suddenly, a portion of the wave disappears down a crystal-

like hole, emerging in a much darker region of the universe --

a backwater that, as the wave races past a giant red planet

with a distinctive eye, we recognize as our own.

The wave, now just an infinitesimal ripple, finally reaches

our blue planet. It drops into our atmosphere over North

America, toward the high desert east of the Cascades, and

through the roof of a nondescript warehouse.

The wave tickles the atoms in the steel shell of a vacuum

chamber, then dances a tiny jig with a laser beam reflected

in a heavy piece of glass.

The wave shoots back out of the building and disappears in

the fractal branches of a tumbleweed resting against a

concrete tube that stretches for miles in the desert.

An SUV speeds past the tumbleweed and we follow it till it

parks at another plain-looking building at the opposite end

of the tube. A MAN climbs out of the SUV.


The man lets himself into a large room that looks like Mission

Control. He pours himself a cup of coffee. It is the weekend

and the place is empty. No one has been there to see the

displays flashing a distinctive shape -- a pulse followed by

a series of echoes.

The man looks up at the screen, then DROPS his cup of coffee.




The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory

headquarters at Caltech is a frenzy of activity. POSTDOCS

and RESEARCHERS huddle around monitors and printouts, arguing.

ANSEN, 60s, the director of LIGO, walks through the frenzy.

A postdoc hands him a printout: a pulse followed by echoes.


Ansen steps into the relative calm of a large, sunlit office,

which overlooks a grassy stretch of Caltech's campus.

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