Oppenheimer, which was released on July 21, brings the famous physicist Robert Oppenheimer, the discoverer of the first nuclear bomb, to the big screen under the direction of Christopher Nolan.
July 16, 1945, a group of scientists secretly gathered in Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA, held their breath for the Trinity test to test the first atomic bomb. After pressing the button to test the bomb, it was even possible for the whole world to be destroyed with the power that would emerge, although there was only a close to 0 percent probability. That day, the atomic bomb that could end the Second World War in America’s favor had passed the Trinity test successfully, and the famous physicist Robert Oppenheimer, who led the team, had his hands above his head and raised them in the air in a triumphant manner. While Jews were being massacred in the heart of Europe, a Jewish scientist was not only writing his name in history as the “father of the atomic bomb”, but was turning a new page.
In an interview he gave after the Second World War, Oppenheimer would call himself “Now I am death, the destroyer of worlds,” quoting the Indian holy book Bhagavad Gita. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb that killed thousands of people and changed the course of World War II, was one of the most mysterious scientists ever. Distinguishing from his peers as a genius since his childhood, Oppenheimer was diagnosed with psychosis during his years at Cambridge, took refuge in literature to relieve his mental pains, read Proust, and while continuing his academic career, he discovered sacred Indian texts. The story of this interesting scientist was, according to Christopher Nolan, one of the greatest in the history of the world. That’s why he wanted to take the audience to the little room where the Tirnity test was done, where the atomic bomb was pressed. Cillian Murphy plays Oppenheimer in Nolan’s story.
Nolan prepared Oppenheimer based on the biography of American Prometheus (not yet translated into Turkish), co-authored by historians Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. Aiming to enter Oppenheimer’s mind and accompany his emotional journey, Nolan tells his story from Oppenheimer’s point of view. The film, which started Oppenheimer’s early adult years in the 1920s, continues until the famous physicist’s old age. Oppenheimer’s wife “Kitty” is played by Emily Blunt as Oppenheimer in the film, which is thought to paint a vivid portrait of Oppenheimer in the first criticisms.
Robert Downey, Jr. as Lewis Strauss, Josh Hartnett as Ernest Lawrence and Tom Conti plays Albert Einstein in Oppenheimer, which brings to the screen the collective story of the Second World War as well as presenting a portrait of him. Oppenheimer, which was shot with big cameras in order to involve the audience more in the story, presents the scenes with Lewis Strauss, who played a major role in shaping the post-war nuclear policy of the USA, with the audience in black and white. The story of Oppenheimer, one of the greatest physicists of all time on the one hand, and one of the responsible for the greatest disaster on the other, is transferred to the screen with both black and white and color scenes.
Oppenheimer, the story of this famous physicist, who, as Nolan said, is the creator of one of the greatest stories in the world, whether we like it or not, will be released on July 21. This time, Nolan, who embarks on a journey not among the stars but among atomic fragments that change the course of the world, takes his audience to the years when the greatest change in history took place.