Interstellar & Inception: The 6 Similarities You Can’t Deny [SPOILERS]

Interstellar has finally arrived and it is exploding our brains, or at least our eardrums. Read the Interstellar Movie Review HERE!

Sporting Director Christopher Nolan’s trademark style of epic tales told from personal perspectives, the movie seems a natural companion piece to Inception. 

But the similarities go a bit more specific than that in 6 distinct ways. Take a look…

6. Michael Caine playing Professor Father Figure

Michael Caine in Interstellar (left) and Inception (right).
Michael Caine in Interstellar (left) and Inception (right).

In Interstellar Michael Caine plays Amelia’s father and Cooper’s ex-professor at NASA.

In Inception Michael Caine plays Cobb’s father and is also professor, shown above at the front of a lecture hall.

We touched upon Nolan’s Caine obsession in 10 Reasons You Should Be Even More Excited About Interstellar!

5. A Male lead (name beginning with C), a Female sidekick (A) and a Female relative (M)

Cooper and Amelia in Interstellar (left), Cobb and Ariadne in Inception (right).
Cooper and Amelia in Interstellar (left), Cobb and Ariadne in Inception (right).

In Interstellar the main character is Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and his sidekick is Amelia (Anne Hathaway). The plot is anchored by Cooper’s desperate relationship with his daughter, Murph (Jessica Chastain).

In Inception the main character is Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his sidekick is Ariadne (Ellen Page). The plot is anchored by Cobb’s splintered relationship with his dead wife Mal (Marion Cotillard).

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4. Time stretching/contracting

Interstellar and Inception Tim stretching

In Interstellar, Cooper and Amelia visit a planet so close to a black hole that time is contracted, meaning every few minutes they spend on the planet there are decades simultaneously passing on earth. Upon re-entry to the orbiting shuttle, they meet their now-elderly crew member who had been waiting for their return for 27 years.

In Inception our protagonists have the freedom of time as they burrow deeper into lower levels of dreaming. The lowest level – ‘limbo’ – allows you to spend lifetimes down there while only a minute passes here in reality.

3. Strange kinda-Earth-like worlds

Unfortunately, an image of Interstellar's odd new world cannot be had as of yet.
Inception‘s ‘limbo’. Unfortunately, an image of Interstellar‘s odd new world cannot yet be found. (Damn anti-piracy…)

In Interstellar, Cooper wakes up to find himself on Earth. But is it Earth? There’s green grass, a baseball game… Oh wait. The land is twisting upon itself like a goddam curl of hair.

In Inception, Cobb shows Ariadne the world he built with his wife in ‘limbo’. There are buildings, there is ocean, he has a home – but it all seems a little bit different. More DEPRESSING.

2. Protagonist sprung from purgatory when escape seemed impossible

'Everything feels a bit weird, guys...'
‘Everything feels a bit weird, guys…’

In Interstellar, Cooper is literally trapped in a black hole. There seems absolutely no way out, not even by fiddling with a little watch across space and time. Has Nolan written himself into a corner (or an infinite 5th dimension)? No. Cooper wakes up minutes later in a hospital bed, absolutely fine. Problem solved. 

Was Inception‘s ending a dream? How on earth did Cobb escape ‘limbo’ and find himself awake back on the plane in reality? His chances seemed extremely slim only a few minutes ago…

Is IMAX worth it? Read the Interstellar IMAX Review HERE!

1. Resolution Deathbed Scene

Inception's Hospital Bed Scene
Is this Interstellar or Inception? I can’t tell.

The climax of Interstellar involves Cooper finally setting eyes on his now elderly beloved daughter Murph just one more time. She forgives her Dad for leaving her as a child, giving Cooper the strength to set out and find Amelia. He leaves the room before she passes away…

The climax of Inception builds to a tender scene by a hospital bed of Fischer’s (Cillian Murphy) dying Dad, where Fischer manages to find peace and strength from his old man’s words right before he passes away…

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7 Movies That Should Have Been Split Into Parts

What is with all these movies being split into parts? Two-part – sometimes three-part – films are becoming the norm ever since Harry Potter ended with a duo of Deathly Hallows’ way back in 2011. (Scroll to the bottom of this article to see a list of past and future multi-parters since Potter.)

It makes you wonder what other movies would have been or should have been split into parts…

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

'Come 'ere, you!'
‘Come ‘ere, you!’
Part 1: Fighting, Part 2: Hugging

The final Lord of the Rings installment can be quite cleanly split into two already. The first chunk would be devoted to the huge battle, while the second seemingly never-ending installment is full of hairy-footed Hobbits laughing and hugging in slow motion.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

He clearly can't be bothered to shoot three films.
He clearly can’t be bothered to shoot three films. 
Part 1: The Good, Part 2: The Bad, Part 3: The Ugly

This one speaks for itself. Nowadays the movie would be made into a trilogy, one movie for each character, with the final Installment including a huge battle with robots to ensure audience retention.

Inglourious Basterds

The opening would make an unbelievable short film.
The opening would make an unbelievable short film.
Part 1: Once Upon A Time In Nazi Occupied France…, Part 2: The Rest

The Hans Landa prologue to this movie is absolutely sublime and people would pay a ticket price just to marvel on its supreme writing and acting.

Make no mistake – the rest of the movie is pretty good, too. It’s just…sometimes you don’t need it.


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Episodes 1-7

You can imagine this on HBO or as a Netflix special, nowadays. Seven hour-long episodes, one devoted to each crime. Now there’s a series.

Full Metal Jacket

Part 1: Boot Camp, Part 2: Front Line

This movie has always seemed a bit schizophrenic – the boot camp first half is interesting, hilarious and visceral, leaving the second half on the frontline always feeling a bit baggy and anti-climatic.

No better healer than a good old split into two parts! Part 2: The Front Line would include huge battles with robots to justify the second ticket.


Boyhood tracked, in real time, the growth and life of the lead character for 12 years.
Boyhood tracked, in real time, the growth and life of the lead character for 12 years.
Part 1: The First Half, Part 2: The Second Half

Because yeah it’s sweet and interesting but Jesus, it’s long.


Ellen Page a.k.a. Ariadne a.k.a. The Architect a.k.a. The Exposition Mule
Ellen Page a.k.a. Ariadne a.k.a. The Architect a.k.a. The Exposition Mule
Part 1: Exposition, Part 2: Actually Performing Some Inception

Inception is a great one to re-watch to try and decode the truth about that ending, as well as decide if Marion Cotillard is creepy or just unintentionally hilarious.

The problem is that the first half is all about the rules of dream-levels, architects and the art of Inception, which by the second viewing and beyond you know already! Hide all the well-absorbed info in another movie, please.

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As promised, take a look at the past and future movie slate for multi-parters…

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2 (2010 – 2011)

Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 & 2 (2011 – 2012)

The Hobbit Part 1, 2 & 3 (2012 – 2014)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2 (2014 – 2015)

The Divergent Series: Allegiant Part 1 & 2 (2016 – 2017)

Justice League Part 1 & 2 (2017 – 2019)

The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 & 2 (2018 – 2019)

10 Things About Interstellar You Should Look Forward To

It isn’t long until Interstellar is released. In fact – it’s achingly soon.

Not seen Interstellar? Yes you have. It’s called Inception: 6 Similarities You Can’t Deny

The movie, Directed by Chistopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight), stars Matthew Mconaughey (Dallas Buyers Club). The plot is mainly shrouded in secrecy even now, but we do know that it explores the idea of humans seeking life elsewhere in the universe. This means it will include a lot of space travel, sweating and otherworldly phenomenons. See for yourself in the trailer below!

Exciting, right?! Right. To keep up that intensity, here are 10 Things About the Movie to Look Forward To

1/10: Matthew McConaughey continuing his McConaissance

Matthew McConaughey Oscar

A while back we reported on Matthew McConaughey’s unreal rise from the rom-com doldrums to respectability of the highest order with his Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club. Now he stars in Interstellar and the director seems happy with his work…

‘He’s just a phenomenal, charismatic presence in the movie. His performance is shaping up to be extraordinary.’ – Christopher Nolan, Director

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2/10: Space imagery to compete with Gravity

Hoyte van Hoytema (right) on set of the beatifully shot Her.
Hoyte van Hoytema (right) on set of the beatifully shot Her.

Make no mistake – Gravity was and is a visually astounding and groundbreaking film (read the review here). It blew us all away and will continue to spawn sorry imitations.

Interstellar, however, is a different kettle of fish. A cinematographer like Hoyte van Hoytema working with a director like Christopher Nolan does not settle for sorry imitations. 

3/10: IMAX used properly (on the front of a jet!)

Maybe for the close-up?
Maybe for the close-up?

Ever since Nolan brought us The Dark Knight‘s astounding opening robbery in native IMAX he has been at the forefront of the IMAX medium. This won’t change with Interstellar, sporting the most IMAX footage of any movie to date, including some shot from the front of a JET (as seen via this early on-set pic)!

Now that is gonna be amazing. Potentially nauseating, but amazing.

4/10: A long movie that warrants its length

'May as well have a lengthy talking scene. We have time for it...'
‘No rush. Fancy a coffee?’ – Optimus Prime

Too often we have seen big movies released with big running times – unnecessary in cases such as Transformers 4 clocking in at nearly 170 minutes.

Christopher Nolan movies are allowed to be long, like Interstellar‘s 170 minutes, because very few people were bored during the 150 minutes of Inception and The Dark Knight, or the 165 minutes of The Dark Knight Rises. He knows how to make a long movie that earns its length.

5/10: Michael Caine popping up for no reason

A big chunk of Michael Caine's 3-second appearance in Inception (ish).
A big chunk of Michael Caine’s 3-second appearance in Inception (ish).

Michael Caine has appeared in every one of Christopher’s films since the first Batman instalment, Batman Begins, in 2005. Why, Chris? –

‘He’s just a lovely guy to be around. He jokes that he’s my lucky charm.’ – Christopher Nolan, Director

6/10: Land-masses bearing down on each-other

One of Inception‘s most memorable moments came when intern architect Ellen Page managed to fold an entire city onto itself….

Inception Fold

…A look at the Interstellar trailer curiously shows a similar phenomenon from Nolan but this time probably on another planet…

Interstellar Ice Fold

Can’t beat a director motif!

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7/10: The Score

Nolan’s long-term composer Hans Zimmer is back again. The creator of the unforgettable Joker’s Theme (watch a documentary on its creation above) in The Dark Knight will probably always be one of Nolan’s first employees each and every movie.

The exciting thing about their Interstellar work is that they are throwing the well-worn techniques out of the window…

It’s time to reinvent.  The endless string of sonatas need to go by the wayside, the big drums are probably in the bin.’ – Hans Zimmer, Composer

8/10: A good child performance

'You better act well...'
‘You better act well…’

A great child performance can help absorb you into a movie, but a bad one can pull you right out of it. Insincere, over-sentimental and overly-directed child actors are a curse to good movies.

A look at the Interstellar trailer hints at Matthew McConaughey’s on-screen daughter Mackenzie Foy knocking it out of the park.

9/10: A Director completely off the leash

Christopher Nolan On-Set
‘King of the castle…’

Nolan is one of the few directors who seem to make movies utterly for critics AND audiences. Spielberg? Sometimes. Jackson? Not anymore. Cameron? Pfft. Nolan is the king of the 5-star reviews as well as the billion-dollar box office – no one else in the business does it on his scale.

It is for this reason that the production companies let him do what he wants rather than standing over him and marshalling the end product. It’s nice to watch a movie that is exactly as the core creator intended.

10/10: It is The Biggest Movie of the Year

Big Movies 2014
Close, guys – but no cigar.

There’s no doubt about it.

What else is there to compete? Sure, Guardians of the Galaxy caused a storm on release, but it didn’t compare to this for the added anticipation… And the final Hobbit movie can keep dreaming – SO 2002!

Watch this Charming SuperCut of Movie elevators opening and closing…

Here’s hoping Interstellar lives up to the expectations. Catch it worldwide from the 6th November.

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