The story of American scientist, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and his role in the development of the atomic bomb.
During World War II, Lt. Gen. Leslie Groves Jr. appoints physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer to work on the top-secret Manhattan Project. Oppenheimer and a team of scientists spend years developing and designing the atomic bomb. Their work comes to fruition on July 16, 1945, as they witness the world's first nuclear explosion, forever changing the course of history.
- “This is a complex look at a complicated man, but Oppenheimer unequivocally establishes that this is a story worth telling – and that Nolan was the perfect filmmaker to do it.” – Kimber Myers (Crooked Marquee)
- “Every scene feels like a cataclysm waiting to happen, fitting for a film that builds, step-by-step, to the creation of a cataclysm machine. Oppenheimer both summons awe for what it took to build the bomb and for the changes it wrought.” – Keith Phipps (The Reveal (Substack))
- “Befitting his paradigm-shattering protagonist, Nolan so audaciously merges form and content that he completely upends the ‘great-man’ biopic.” – Adam Kempenaar (Filmspotting)
- “A story of ordinary men and women caught up in extraordinary times. What they created really did “change the world,” but no one here rises to the level of hero, or even tragic hero, and even the villainy on display is more vanity than anything else.” – Matthew Lickona (San Diego Reader)