Warning: Spoiler Alert
Movies can powerfully influence our beliefs. To me, this sort of message gives the corporate psychopaths that dominate our society the green light to keep on destroying earth for sake of ever more riches. We need to stop those people and keep them confined in an asylum so they can’t hurt anybody any more.
We need to focus on cleaning things up, and saving our world. To value what we’ve got, instead of thinking of earth as a throw-away. Some think, meh, there’s all of space out there and a hundred, or thousand, or million other planets we can invade and mess up next. But I don’t.
I mean, I did, when I was young and healthy and it still felt, subjectively, like I would live forever and that anything was possible. When I got cancer, and found out just how hard it was to bring myself back to a state of good health, my attitude changed. I began to appreciate how complicated our bodies are, and how mysterious the life force really is.
Besides, given the kind of society we live in, who do you think is going to get first dibs on the ship when Space Immigration Day gets here — you and me, or Mr & Mrs Rich-and-Powerful? I’d say good riddance to those people, except for the part about how so many of our "captains of industry" treat earth as disposable, which means they and their governmental minions would probably push the destruction of earth to the limit, and leave the rest of us behind to sicken and die in the mess they made.
More importantly, I doubt that there’s going to be another world just right for human beings to live in. This is the world that’s just right for us.
One human being is a system of symbiotic cells and microbiota — a complex earth entity interdependent on other earth entities — all co-evolved over millennia, and adapted to this sun, this atmosphere, this gravity, this magnetic field, etc.
I think it’s likely that there is life out there, yes; even other planets with sentient beings, but life is nothing if not diverse. I think sentient beings from other planets are going to be very different from us, tailor-made (tailor-evolved) for their own special conditions. If there’s anything to all those UFO sightings we keep hearing about, maybe the reason aliens haven’t set up colonies here has to do with the natural conditions on our planet that would harm them, whether in the short or long term.
One in two or three people get cancer now. Previously unheard-of numbers of young people, even small children, are getting cancer now, which used to be a fairly unusual disease, related to aging. I'm afraid we’re already declining as a species as it is — from living in a state of unprecedented environmental pollution, eating processed (non-human) food, spending most of our days and nights indoors in artificial light. We're already way too disconnected from our own natural world.
How much worse would it be for us to try and adapt to a planet on the other side of a worm hole?
So that’s my two cents criticism of this movie.
But don’t think I didn’t enjoy it anyway! I loved their presentation of what space travel is like, the look of what different planets might be like, the visualization of the time-bending grid (or whatever that structure was), and of a black hole as some sort of still-glowing sphere. Wow, wow, wow! I love when sci-fi stories are based on actual science but also allow the imagination to soar. Got wrapped up in the characters too; cried like a baby when dad and daughter finally saw each other again.
Not too many science fiction movies out there as good as this one.