The story of J. Robert Oppenheimer’s role in the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.

  • Released: 2023-07-19
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, History, War
  • Stars: Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Florence Pugh, Benny Safdie, Josh Hartnett, Rami Malek, Kenneth Branagh, Alden Ehrenreich, Dane DeHaan, Matthew Modine, Jack Quaid, Dylan Arnold, Michael Angarano, Olli Haaskivi, David Krumholtz, David Dastmalchian, Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh, Matt Damon, Dane DeHaan, Kenneth Branagh, Josh Hartnett, Benny Safdie, Gary Oldman, Robert Downey Jr., Matthew Modine, Rami Malek, Alden Ehrenreich, Alex Wolff, Casey Affleck, Jack Quaid, Emma Dumont, Dylan Arnold, Matthias Schweighöfer, David Dastmalchian, Olli Haaskivi, David Krumholtz, Christopher Denham, Michael Angarano, Scott Grimes, James D'Arcy, Louise Lombard, Jason Clarke, Danny Deferrari, Guy Burnet, Josh Peck, Gregory Jbara, Tony Goldwyn, Gustaf Skarsgård, Tom Jenkins, Trond Fausa Aurvåg, Devon Bostick, Harrison Gilbertson, David Rysdahl, Josh Zuckerman, Olivia Thirlby, Jeff Hephner, Bryce Johnson, Meg Schimelpfenig, Petrie Willink
  • Director: Christopher Nolan
  • Quethinks - 16 June 2024
    An epic biopic about a controversial historical figure that has a few flaws.
    I finished the second half of the Barbenheimer phenomenon. That being Oppenheimer By Christopher Nolan, and it was fantastic and definitely deserve that Oscar nomination. The cinematography is astonishing with beautiful shots and visuals. The performances are also a centerpiece of the film, the stand-out being Cillian Murphy, who felt like he put his heart into this. However, I can say the same thing about all the characters in this, but Cillian was the highlight.

    The soundtrack also plays a huge part in this, with it building up during the intense moments but also being subtle during the more quieter moments as well. The writing is also very strong in this as well, with no character going on long exposition dumps, but instead flowing smoothly and having a natural feel to it. The editing is a bit choppy in my opinion, with a lot of quick cuts that don't let a scene sit and linger to leave that impact on it.

    Finally, if I had one negative, it would be that I want to the story to focus more on how the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing impacted Oppenheimer. It felt like we moved on from it too fast. I am aware that the film conveyed his perspective on the bombing, however, I desired more as it seemed that the film only conveyed his psychological reaction to the event, Perhaps it was only my perception.

    In summary, despite my belief that Oppenheimer is not a masterpiece nor Nolan's finest film, I highly recommend that you check out this film during the Oscar Season. I am confident that this film will garner some awards, even though I do not believe it should win the best picture award.
  • sadmansakibayon - 7 June 2024
    Oppenheimer --- A Chain Reaction That would destroy the world
    A physics book of grad standard may embark us into a journey of subatomic particles to unimaginably gigantic celestial bodies, a well-written analytic article can unfold a thousand dimensions (let's not consider the term into Physics way for now) of political discourse, a declassified report of thousand pages with hundreds of valid citations may turn the course of human history up-side down, an immensely experienced psychiatrist can enlighten even the farthest corner of the darkest of souls. What if such four elements come close to form a regular tetrahedron with sides made up of solid chains? Does it remain regular? As those elements did not come in equal proportion their continuous attempt to tear apart the formation, keeps the body rolling. Who feels the force most - the body or the sides or only the centre of mass that tries to maintain the structure cohesively?

    Well, if the body was able to speak out certainly it would find its place for multiple years in the rack of best sellers, but it can't or rather it is not allowed to do so, as it sits under the paw of power waiting in the darkness behind. The very state may be comparable to a group of particles running through a cyclotron under the influence of a huge magnetic force. In the process, the particles are guided and behave cohesively in nature but only at the cost of their own soul and properties. The only thing that remains is an immense energy and indeterministic future resulting in - an explosion, an annihilation or merely the worst of all, an infinitely long chain reaction that never stops.

    The tetrahedron may be as strong at its weakest head or at its weakest side, but the chain reaction goes in a way ensuring that no joint is left intact. However strong or weak it may be. All the points of the chain suffer the same faith irrespective of colour, race, gender, opinion, or ideology. The Prometheus plays the role of being the centre of mass left with no choice but to bring in the fire and die. Which certainly costs him a million relentless thoughts of periodic tremors, shock waves, burning sensations, foul smell of humanity and tons of ashes beneath his shoes. The fire that is stolen does not burn its new owner but leaves him in a unique transient state forever.

    In a galactic world, how do the constellations feel around a black hole, which even light can't escape? The nation that eliminated all the stars and compelled the surrounding constellations to do the same, ensured its early death, although not a very peaceful one. While travelling in different directions these bodies had left with no choice but to follow the route along the curvature of space and time, attracted by the heaviest of all - The Prometheus, and then they engage in conflicts. To whatever extent those conflicts may be - either being Earnest or being Tailor made, but certainly brings up to the surface some everlasting conflicts such as between Theoretical vs experimental or between physical vs intellectual labour. Every giant fusion, triggered only by a small fission like a butterfly effect, causes a considerably larger impact from a sub-atomic movement, and such an impact may cause a permanent disagreement between the two when a Prometheus meets another. Staring at such conflicts leaves no chance to miss even the finest signature of a magician in just a single 'Feyn' stroke - "... the glass, it protects the UV..." or, the creation of a magic potion by mixing the equations with music in the perfect most ratio.

    Countless sleepless nights and numerous dreams of vigorously running particles unwinding the mysteries of the probabilistic universe leave the man a past full of uncertainty and indecisiveness, both in terms of his own existence and motion. The very motion that enables the person - to create a wormhole reducing the distance between opposite opinions, getting absorbed in galactic conflicts of socio-political affairs turning out to be personal, cross-roads with continuously evolving ideas and theories - are of immense potential at times even being unaware of its own strength. Depiction of tearing a soul naked during a pseudo-trial, exposing the most private moments certainly is the finest stroke to represent a man - left to carry his own cross and a glorious yet not-so-cherishable past.

    How subtle it may be to compare the droplets of rain over a pond causing the entire curtain of water to be shaken, as the smallest possible mass can possibly unleash the huge energy through a continuous process. Or how it can be better explained that the marching sound of heavy boots continues from one front to another, doing a paradigm shift in choosing opposition such as Fascism to Socialism/Communism. In the end, what it leaves behind is the immense joy of success that blends into the marching sound resulting in giant leaps of technological advancements.

    Once all these horrendous noises and motions fade away from the ears of Prometheus but the obvious death is yet to come - it leaves him under the endless dark sky in front of the ocean of eternal wisdom, rather empty. The braveheart or merely a scapegoat or rather a crying baby is left out, failing to answer to the greatest of wisdom - which uncertain way the chain reaction leads to -continuous destruction or an immense source of enlightenment and what are the boundaries?
  • h-g-vandenberg - 1 June 2024
    Learn proper Dutch next time
    The film opens with deafening explosions, powerful fire flames and enchanting images of various stars. The career of J. Robert Oppenheimer, which will ultimately lead to the invention of the atomic bomb, is far from ordinary. As a physics student, 'Oppie' is dreamy and driven, but also mentally unstable and sad. Fortunately, he has his great love, quantum physics, to keep him going. Even if you understand the ins and outs of physics, Oppenheimer manages to keep you interested and to give you an insight into the technology behind the development of the first atomic bomb.

    Oppenheimer quickly rose above many physicists with his genius brain. What started as a passion for nuclear fusion culminated in a project to be the first to create the atomic bomb. In Los Alamos, the scientist works with a team of his own students from Berkely and a group of European scientists in an isolated environment to make nuclear bombs. Oppenheimer realizes that making a bomb is more than a passion project and that the consequences may not match his political ideas. In an America that fears anyone who disagrees with the country's leaders, he dares to speak out about the way war is being waged. Unfortunately, expressing his doubts and ideas about the use of the atomic bomb has major consequences for his career and subsequent life.

    Great movie, the only disappointment is the supposed Dutch sentence that Oppie speaks. No one in our Dutch family could understood a single word 😄