“The story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb.

Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Kai Bird, Christopher Nolan, Martin Sherwin
Staring: Florence Pugh, Cillian Murphy, Jack Quaid, Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Josh Hartnett, Kenneth Branagh, Gary Oldman, Rami Malek, Jason Clark, Alden Ahrenriech, Casey Affleck, Josh Peck, Alex Wolff
Release Date: July 21, 2023
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It is here!!!

When I went to go see Nope (2022), I got to see this trailer on the big screen and I nearly cried. I am not kidding, I got emotional. No one else in the theater seemed to know what was happening, but as soon as a I saw that SYNCOPY production company logo, I know exactly what was happening. I put my hands on my face and leaned forward as if I was biking in the Tour de France and heading down a major mountain. Full steam ahead. Christopher Nolan is back.

Watching this first Oppenheimer (2023) teaser trailer has to be the equivalent to getting a dose of adrenaline straight to the heart like Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction (1984). Fucking nuts. It is one minute of exclusively voice over and B-Roll, and the only character that we see highlighted is the one and only J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy).

The lines of dialogue that attempt to shout over the thunderous chaotic percussion all illustrate how this scientific advancement made by Oppenheimer is one of the most cataclysmic discoveries ever in world history. Because it is Nolan, time is theme that will be explored and it is illustrated bluntly in the trailer with a countdown clock. A doomsday clock if you will, to steal from Watchmen.

“The Man Who Moved The Earth”

Oppenheimer is a biopic that is based off a pair of books. Kai Bird wrote ‘American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer’ and Martin Sherwin wrote ‘American Prometheus’. The story is going to include numerous important people from Oppenheimer’s life, including his wife Kitty (Emily Blunt), his mistress Jean Tatlock (Florence Pugh), his friend turned enemy Lewis Strauss (Robert Downey Jr.), and the leader of the Manhattan project Leslie Groves Jr. (Matt Damon).

The cast for Oppenheimer is outrageous. By my quick math, between this immediately recognizable cast there are five Oscar wins and an additional 15 nominations. Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, Gary Oldman, David Dastmalchian are just four actors who are are all teaming up with Nolan again. When I say that the audience will have “oh shit I know that person” for every character in this movie, I am not kidding. I mean you look at the IMDB roster, and Jason Clark is near the bottom. Rami Malek isn’t even inside the top ten famous. Unreal.

Here is my bold prediction for the movie Oppenheimer. Nolan’s microscopic approach to this man’s life and achievement is going to end with arguably the most famous quote the American physicist ever delivered. In 1965 on a television interview, two years before he died, Oppenheimer quoted a line from Hindu scripture: “Now I have become death. the destroyer of worlds.” The movie is going to end with with Oppenheimer saying this line, and having a soft reflective glance of reflection and remorse as he concludes his answer with, “I suppose we all thought that. One way or another.”

Oppenheimer arrives the theaters next summer, July 21st, 2023.


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