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Christopher Nolan’s latest audiovisual feast tells the complicated story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb. A film as overstuffed with talent as it is with accumulating uranium and plutonium marbles, Oppenheimer moves back and forth from Washington to Los Alamos through Robert Oppenheimer’s complex intellectual and emotional life. Nolan notably used practical, not CGI, effects, mixing color and black-and-white scenes thoughout. This is a big-screen, not-to-be-missed treat, with powerful performances from Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr.
“Oppenheimer is a great achievement in formal and conceptual terms, and fully absorbing, but Nolan’s filmmaking is, crucially, in service to the history that it relates.” — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“[Nolan] has brought to life not just J. Robert Oppenheimer, but the still-crucial arguments he both started and tried to end. Oppenheimer boldly posits that those arguments are still worth having, in a film of magnitude, profundity and dazzling artistry.” — Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
Christopher Nolan, Kai Bird, Martin Sherwin, based on Bird and Sherwin's book, American Prometheus
Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Josh Hartnett, Tony Goldwyn, Rami Malek, Tom Conti, Benny Safdie, Casey Affleck, Dane DeHaan, Kenneth Branagh, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman
United States, United Kingdom