A recommendation: Nolan's Oppenheimer
"Are you saying that there's a chance that when we push that button... we destroy the world?" Now playing in theaters around the world is the 12th movie from filmmaker Christopher Nolan, titled Oppenheimer, a story about the (in)famous scientist who lead the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos in the 1940s that created the very first atomic bomb. The rest is history, as they say. Now it's a time to revisit that history for a remarkably cinematic, gripping, awe-inspiring look back at the moment everything changed for humanity. Whether we like it or not, whether we want to admit this atomic creation changed everything or not, this is a true story. We must now live within a world where nuclear bombs exist. Oppenheimer is one of Nolan's best films, and that's not easy thing for me to say because I love almost every film he has made and I think a handful of them are all-timers (The Prestige is my other favorite). The film runs a full three hours but it's worth it - it's worth experience on the big screen, with an audience, with everyone sitting there together lost in this compelling and unnerving and fascinating story of how J. Robert Oppenheimer grew up and became the top scientist to lead a massive team of other scientists to create this horrible device. Don't miss this on the big screen.
Based on the book "American Prometheus" (by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin), Oppenheimer is written and directed by Christopher Nolan. The story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb. The wonderfully talented Irish actor Cillian Murphy stars as the scrawny American scientist, born in 1904. He was friends with Einstein and Heisenberg and Fermi. He changed the world forever, and had to live with that guilt for the rest of his life. The film's cast also includes Matt Damon as General Leslie Groves, the military man who hired Oppenheimer for the job and oversaw the project on behalf of the government; Emily Blunt as his wife Kitty; Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss, an important character in the second half of the film during the time in which Oppenheimer is grilled by the government; and fellow filmmaker Benny Safdie as Edward Teller, another scientist who worked with Oppenheimer at Los Alamos. Whether you watch it in 70mm or in IMAX or just in a regular cinema, it doesn't matter, it only matters that you experience the grandeur of this story on the big screen. There's not much action, there's not many explosions, it's mostly conversations and discussions and dialogue but Nolan has outdone himself in making this one of the most riveting experiences of the year. It really shook me to my core - and that clearly was his intent in telling this story this way. It's not the story of what the bomb did, it's the story of the man who created it and how it affected him.
For more info on Oppenheimer and where to watch, visit the official website (Opens in a new window).