“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

I know this second trailer for Oppenheimer (2023) came out last week, but I was not writing about it till I saw it in a movie theater. I was able to witness and feel the vibrations of Christopher Nolan’s latest preview before checking out Avatar: The Way Of Water (2023), so get me all juiced up and ready for blast off because I fucking love when fantastic filmmakers dive deep into their bag.

Before I touch on something that you most definitely have already seen before, I have to bring up the fact that Christopher Nolan recreated Nuclear explosions with practical effects. This man doesn’t do CGI for anything. It is fucking remarkable.

We start off the trailer with the smoking circulation of ash, particles and metaphorical death. From there we dive into a preview where we get double (if not more) Cillian Murphy time than the initial trailer. If this is going to be a Cillian Murphy Academy Award type performance then I am going to need to call an e-vac to get me out of the theater.

I do think that the nuclear reaction opening shots followed by the ripples in water and rain are purposeful. We don’t know the ripples of what these actions will have on the annals of history. Well one man did, J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy), but that is all.

“They won’t fear it, until they understand it. And they won’t understand it, until they use it.”

We as a human race are stupid – essentially what Oppenheimer is saying

The tempest of sparks, flames and internal combustion shown visually in this trailer has to be emblematic of what Oppenheimer is feeling inside of himself. Only he knows the evil this bomb possess, and he knows that no one should be trusted with it.

The eyes tell the story of horror that he can not look away or deviate from.

After this shot of Oppenheimer’s eyes, we get the eye of some sort of scientific storm. The heart of something. The calm whiteness with fiery, incendiary consequences orbiting around it.

Don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes

The final 45 seconds of this trailer are Christopher Nolan showing off to the people what can be expected. The musical score crescendos as the cuts accelerate. The stress of the decision in front of Oppenheimer increases the heart rate as detonation will most certainly come.

I know for sure that I will not be ready to understand Oppenheimer until I have seen this movie. In theory this movie should be incredible. It should blow my fucking socks off. I can’t wait to be consumed by it.

Watching this trailer in theater I had just a few more quiet thoughts. We are getting a Cillian Murphy quiet performance, which we have come to expect. However, this quiet character is not soaked in confidence and seeping with danger like one Mr. Tommy Shelby. This quietness is sopped in self-doubt, a bit of self-loathing and lots of burdensome stress.

Also do we hear the slight ticking reminiscent of a geiger counter? Does this remind anyone else of Chernobyl? Does this get anyone else’s blood boiling.

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).

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

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