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Why We'd Watch 'Oppenheimer' All Over Again

An ominous story told on the grandest scale possible, 'Oppenheimer' is shaping up to be a must-watch film of the year.

Oppenheimer, the highly-anticipated feature length film that premiered on July 19 in the Philippines, marked Christopher Nolan’s return to direction three years after the success of Tenet. To make his great return, he chose the larger-than-life story of Robert Oppenheimer, the man who invented the atomic bomb during the Second World War. 

In the movie, split between black-and-white sequences and astounding wide shots, we discover Cillian Murphy as the American physicist. The cast played amidst a highly oppressive atmosphere—so intense that you can cut the tension with a knife.

Oppenheimer and the first atomic bomb

Oppenheimer and the atomic bomb

Nolan was set on retracing the not-so-known life of Robert Oppenheimer with this new film. Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning biography American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer written by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, the story explores the physicist’s political, moral, and personal life. From his contributions to science, his appointment as the lead scientist for the Manhattan Project (the research project that produced the first atomic bomb), to his prosecution during a US anti-Communist witch hunt, the key events of Oppenheimer’s life and career show just how much an individual can affect history and vice versa. 

Cillian Muprhy and Christopher Nolan on the set of Oppenheimer

The formidable cast

This film has a cast like no other. With top billing Cillian Murphy, the film is destined to be a success. At his side was Emily Blunt, playing Katherine Opphenimer, the lead's wife; Matt Damon as Leslie Richard Groves, head of the Manhattan Project; Florence Pugh as Jean Tatlock, physicist and lover of Oppenheimer; as well as Robert Downey Jr. who played the role of Lewis Strauss, an American politician who helped develop nuclear weapons in the U.S.

Emily Blunt and Cillian Murphy
Cillian Muprhy, Matt Damon, and Dane Dehaan
Florence Pugh and Cillian Muprhy

A long record-breaking R-rated film

Nolan and IMAX are a match made in heaven. The director has a long history of filming his movies with IMAX cameras, having used this cinematic technology in his films dating back to The Dark Knight. For Oppenheimer, Nolan used both IMAX 65mm and Panavision 65mm cameras, which have some of the best resolutions on Earth. The IMAX print of the film stretches for about 11 miles and weighs around 600 pounds. 

Apart from the record-breaking quality of the three-hour film, Oppenheimer is Nolan’s darkest since 2002’s Insomnia. Oppenheimer received a Rated R which suggest particularly intense work that seems to go hand in hand with the duration of the film. 

Cillian Murphy as Oppenheimer
Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.
Cillian Murphy as Oppenheimer

The experience

Oppenheimer is a monumental achievement in cinema. From the medium, sound effects and score, down to the dialogue, this film is an ominous story told on the grandest scale possible. We’ve never seen a biopic with such sweeping presentation like this. It's amazing to see that Nolan continued to embrace classic filmmaking techniques while still pushing the boundaries of visual storytelling.

You’ve never seen anything like this before. 

At the set of Oppenheimer

Watch Oppenheimer in cinemas this weekend and let us know what you think!

Photo Courtesy of Universal Pictures Philippines