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Oppenheimer Movie Review: A Gripping And Memorable Film, Portraying The Life Of A Brilliant Yet Flawed Man

Modified On: 23 July 2023 | Reviewed By:

Storyline: Based on Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin's Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 biography American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer—currently no. 1 on Amazon's bestseller chart, thanks to the film—the movie jumps back and forth through time as it explores the life and legacy of its subject.


Director: Christopher Nolan | Music Director: Ludwig Göransson

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The movie is a chilling biographical drama that delves into the life of American physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, known as the 'Father of Atomic Bomb’. The film chronicles the events that precede and succeed the world’s first nuclear test led by Oppenheimer for the US Army, code-named ‘Trinity’.

Review: "Oppenheimer," directed by Christopher Nolan delves into the themes of love, regret, disillusionment, and human psychology. Christopher Nolan, known for his complex storytelling and unique execution, creates a powerful masterpiece that explores the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, a brilliant physicist who played a key role in the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.

The film takes a psychological horror-investigative-courtroom thriller approach, using IMAX cameras to capture intense emotions and tension in every scene. The music, provided by Ludwig Göransson, complements the film's atmosphere, adding to the ticking time bomb effect that amplifies the audience's anxiety.

Nolan's storytelling style involves a non-linear narrative, shuttling between the past and present to depict the events leading up to the nuclear test and their consequences. The film explores Oppenheimer's equation with himself, fellow scientists, political activism, suspicions of being a Russian spy, and the revocation of his security clearance through an unfair government hearing.

J. Robert Oppenheimer is portrayed as a complex character, torn between his ambition and love for physics, and his moral scruples about the destructive power of the atomic bomb. The film studies the conflict between his heart and mind, making it the central focus of the story.

The film caters to World War II enthusiasts by providing a deeper understanding of the arms race and socio-political context between Germany, the USA, Japan, and Russia during that time.

Cillian Murphy, in the lead role, delivers a powerful performance with his soul-piercing blue eyes conveying emotions effectively. The supporting cast, including Robert Downey Jr, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Rami Malek, and Kenneth Branagh, give their best, despite having extended cameos.

The film's impact on the audience is profound, leaving them emotionally moved and contemplating Oppenheimer's internal struggle with guilt and turmoil. The film's tagline, "A man who became death, the destroyer of worlds," hints at the gravity of Oppenheimer's actions and their consequences.

In total "Oppenheimer" is a gripping and memorable film, portraying the life of a brilliant yet flawed man who faced the consequences of his groundbreaking discoveries.

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