Alright. I’ve been cooking this one up for a little while now. We all know and love the Dark Knight Trilogy and we also know that they are the only series of films Mr. Nolan has written and directed. Right? RIGHT? Wrong. I propose to you that the films The Prestige, Inception, and Interstellar are secretly a trilogy about the progression of mankind. This is based on themes, character traits and the clear arc of the stories. No, I can not prove any of this and no, i’m not entirely sure about it either. However, I think there is strong evidence to support this theory, too much evidence to fit into one article. This will be finished in part 2 tomorrow. Tune in to find out. Without further adieu, we can begin.
This is where there is the most evidence seems to lie. Let’s start with The Prestige. Alfred Borden and Robert Angier are really both the main characters in the film so this makes the characteristics much more abundant. The main characters have obsessions with doing something many think to be impossible and that he feels compelled to do no matter what. Angier wants to perfect the Transported Man, Cobb in Inception wants to perform the titular act, even though most think it to be impossible. Cooper from Interstellar is initially very confident in his mission but it does turn out that the man who sent him (Professor Brand) though it would fail. Speaking of Michael Caine’s characters, they all have the same arc in each film. In each film, Michael Caine’s character steers the character in the wrong direction and tries to convince them that their way will not work. In The Prestige, Cutter is so positive that Borden uses just an ordinary double in his trick and convinces Angier to get one for his. This turns out to be a huge mistake and causes Angier most of his professional career. In Inception, Miles tells Cobb that there is no way to get back to his kids by going into people’s dreams. This turns out to be a bad suggestion because that is exactly what Cobb does to get back to his Children, something that would’ve been impossible without performing the Inception. It seems that Professor Brand is steering Cooper in the right direction in Interstellar, but it turns out he had no faith in the plan, which then turns out to be the right course of action. The one acting constant throughout all three films has the exact same character arc and all of the main characters have very similar and equally as obsessive and morally grey personalities. Maybe this is just a coincidence. Maybe it’s all just superficial. But more evidence lies in the plot.
All three of these films have different plots on the surface, but if you look a little deeper, you’ll find they have very similar beats. All three films follow leads with dead wives who are just trying to get back to their kids. Alfred Borden tries to get out of prison and back to his daughter before he is hanged. Cobb, who is on the run for a murder he didn’t commit, is trying to re-unite with his children before they don’t need him any more. Cooper just tries to get back from his mission to his two kids before they grow up. The time period is also very clearly spelling an arc across the films. The Prestige, a Victorian era story, is about a man who uses a futuristic idea to try to perform an impossible feat. Inception, a modern story, is about a man who uses state-of-the art technology to try and preform Inception, a seemingly impossible feat. Interstellar, a story set in the future, is about a man who uses old fashion ideas to perform an impossible feat. If that isn’t a clear three part story, I don’t know what is.
Thanks everyone. Make sure to tune in tomorrow for the follow up and conclusion of this theory. Tomorrow we will cover the overarching themes of the movies and smaller, more specific plot details that connect them. Cheers guys.