2023 is set to be another excellent year for films, but few have garnered as much attention as Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. The renowned director’s next offering features Peaky Blinders’ Cillian Murphy in a riveting biopic that will explore the making of the atomic bomb.
Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer Official Trailer Breakdown
The tone is epic and severe as we watch a montage of the bomb being developed and built at the Manhattan Project location in New Mexico. In contrast, Cillian Murphy, as Oppenheimer, watches upon, shocked at his creation.
The plot revolves around the life of nuclear scientist Robert Oppenheimer, who led the Manhattan Project, a government research project organized between 1942 and 1946 to develop nuclear weapons.
At the trailer’s opening, we watch a tortured Cillian Murphy, who plays Oppenheimer. “We imagine a future, and our fantasies horrify us,” he adds. The trailer then shows him monitoring nuclear weapons under extreme duress.” I’m not sure we can be trusted with such a weapon”, he continues, “but we have no choice.”
Finally, the trailer concludes with his hands trembling as he approaches the button. It’s a trailer full of suspense as a countdown ticks on, causing, even more, worry and communicating the immensity of the innovation that has just been produced, a bomb capable of wiping out an entire country.
The trailer hints at the epic scope of Nolan’s concept for the film, featuring views of the bomb’s early phases and explosive trials. The filmmaker revealed that he recreated the first nuclear weapon detonation, known as the Trinity test, without CGI.
The teaser focuses mainly on Murphy’s Oppenheimer, but most of the all-star ensemble is missing in the initial glimpse.
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The cast of Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer
Florence Pugh plays Jean Tatlock
Benny Safdie plays Edward Teller
Michael Angarano plays Robert Serber
Josh Hartnett plays Ernest Lawrence.
Additional cast members include :
Oppenheimer will release on July 21, 2023, the same day Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie’s Barbie are released in theaters.
The first trailer for the atomic bomb movie presents a picture of a blockbuster film, combining tension and dramatic character drama. But, beyond the essential potential that Oppenheimer might be one of 2023’s top box office performances, it may also have a fighting shot to compete in awards season.
For the time being, only those who saw Avatar: The Way of Water will see the first trailer for Oppenheimer.
Although the same was initially true for Barbie, which has already reached the internet in the days afterward, it may not be long until the same happens for Nolan’s next offering.