With the ongoing World War II at hand, United States Army Corps of Engineers officer Lieutenant General Leslie Groves Jr. recruits physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer for the confidential Manhattan Project. Oppenheimer assembles a team of scientists to design and create the atomic bomb.

After years of hard work, dedication, and sacrifices, they succeeded, and on July 16, 1945, the world witnessed its first nuclear explosion, which irrevocably altered the path of history.


The biographical thriller movie written and directed by Christopher Nolan, ‘Oppenheimer’ is a metaphorical representation of a true event where an epic creation turns into a catastrophic destruction.

The movie goes around the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, played onscreen by Cillian Murphy, who is struggling despite being gifted and ambitious. With the hunger to know more, do more, and a realist’s confidence, Oppenheimer finally gets his chance to do what he loves, to be what he is destined to be with the Manhattan Project.

Nolan beautifully portrays the human Oppenheimer was and not just the genius the world knows. A man who is driven by aspiration and his passion for science creates the deadliest weapon of all, and although he has a theoretical knowledge of the consequences, his ambition blinds him like the beauty of a shooting star.

Several times in the movie, the dialogue, “Theory will take you only so far.” comes up, and that really sums up the concept. Oppenheimer realizes that his groundbreaking invention, well quite literally as well, is not just a chain reaction of a new creation in terms of science but also one that leads to ruination.

With all the fame of the “father of the atomic bomb,” Oppenheimer is also left with blood on his hands and, in the end, is a being of flesh and blood who cannot just make peace with the phrase, “All’s fair in love and war.”

For 3 hours, the movie engulfs one in every minute of it, with its phenomenal acting, cinematography, symbolism, realism, and factual accuracy.Although the movie clearly has a base character, it has appropriate exposure for all others, and each and every actor has done justice to it.

The movie, which is based on “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer,” the authoritative 2005 biography by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, leaves one with questions but not ones that can be solved with just logic, rather the ones of introspection.

If you expect ‘Oppenheimer’ to be like other mind-bending Sci-Fi movies by Nolan, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. For this wonder brings you a true point of view which, even if it appears to be, is anything but fiction.

Rating: 5/5

In conclusion, the movie is a must-watch as it really does not have a particular target audience. If you are into science, it will pick your brain; if you like war movies, you get to see a different side of it; if you have affinity for emotional films or drama, you will get your doze. And even though, the running time is quite a lot, the movie will hold your attention all through it and is definitely worth investing your time in. Considering all these factors, ‘Oppenheimer’ receives a five out of five rating.

Written By : Indori Nerd

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