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Christopher Nolan's explosive return with "Oppenheimer"

Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” takes the audience on a haunting journey through the life of the physicist behind the atomic bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer.

By Bianca Sanchez | Thursday, 10 August 2023

Oppenheimer, directed by Christopher Nolan, is set against the backdrop of the creation of the atomic bomb. The movie dives deeply into J. Robert Oppenheimer’s life and is based on real events. It goes back in time with a historical setting and deals with the complicated psychology of Oppenheimer and the moral difficulties he encountered during World War II.


The film centers on J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) from his early years as a brilliant scientist to his crucial involvement in the Manhattan Project, which sought to produce the atomic bomb. It focused on his inner conflicts as he considered the moral ramifications of his work and the catastrophic results of using such terrible power in the world. 


“The Destroyer of Worlds”

Nolan was able to envelop the audience with Oppenheimer’s struggles revolving around the moral dilemma he faced. On one hand, he was motivated by the desire to aid in the war effort and guarantee America’s success. However, he also struggled with the terrible repercussions of developing such a catastrophic weapon. The emotional struggle he went through after realizing the atomic bomb’s great power and potential devastation was explored in the film.


As the audience, we experience a range of emotions toward Oppenheimer. We can understand his commitment and the gravity of the choices he had to make, and we are also able to relate to the difficulties he encountered and the load he carried. At the same time, we questioned his decisions and the morality of what he did. The audience bears witness to the creation of death, the destroyer of worlds.


Oppenheimer brilliantly strikes a balance between the political drama surrounding the creation of the atomic bomb and contemplation, showcasing Nolan’s talent as a filmmaker. The film gains complexity thanks to Nolan’s distinctive nonlinear storytelling, which enables the viewer to understand Oppenheimer’s motivation and inner struggles. The cinematography is visually breathtaking and captures both the grandeur of scientific discovery and the eerie aftermath of the bomb’s explosion.


The use of sound design in Oppenheimer is one of the aspects that stand out. The film masterfully uses sound to heighten the impact and horror of situations, from the silence of the calm before the storm to the cheers that resemble the pattern of a frantic heartbeat. The uneasiness can be easily felt by the audience with seamless shifts of people rejoicing when shown a horrible situation. This attention to detail heightens the entire viewing experience and emphasizes how serious Oppenheimer’s dilemmas are.


Staying with Oppenheimer through thick and thin despite his shortcomings was Kitty Oppenheimer (Emily Blunt), Oppenheimer’s wife. She provided a tremendous impact on the storyline and intensity of the plot in the movie that chronicles his life. Kitty’s role offers a distinctive viewpoint to the movie by demonstrating her unflinching support for her husband in the middle of the turbulent events surrounding the creation of the atomic bombs. She wasn’t just a wife to Oppenheimer, but also a friend and reliable voice to depend on.


She is a reminder of the personal sacrifices made by those involved in such groundbreaking scientific undertakings. With power, vulnerability, and resilience infused into her, Blunt’s superb portrayal captures the complexities of Kitty Oppenheimer’s character and makes her a crucial component of the gripping story of the movie.


Another must watch

Overall, Oppenheimer explores the complicated biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer and the moral implications of his work in a thought-provoking and emotionally powerful manner. Even though the movie leaned more toward political and courtroom drama than scientific study, it did a commendable job of capturing Oppenheimer’s inner conflicts and raises important questions regarding the use of atomic weapons. 


Oppenheimer is a monumental success in biographical filmmaking thanks to Nolan’s direction and excellent performances by the actors. It serves as a sobering reminder of the negative effects of scientific breakthroughs and the ongoing moral problems they create.


Oppenheimer is still showing in cinemas nationwide.