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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 4 out of 4 Paws

Oppenheimer

Universal Pictures, Atlas Entertainment, Gadget Films and Syncopy present an R rated, 180-minute, Biography, Drama, History film, directed by Christopher Nolan, written by Nolan, Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin with a theater release date of July 21, 2023.

J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) is the brilliant mind behind the creation of the Atomic Bomb. A bomb used against Hiroshima, Japan that killed thousands during the Truman years. Opp was not a man that stood on his own but rather one that surrounded himself with educated and superb assistance of others that shared his visions. Eventually he married and at home he was supported at times but not always by his very opinionated wife, Kitty (Emily Blunt) of whom he had two children with. It seems Opp had always had a liking for Jean Tatlock (Florence Pugh) before and after he was married to Kitty.

The United States government was always in a race to beat the Germans and Russia in making weapons of mass destruction and with the supervision from Leslie Groves (Matt Damon) Opp was on his way to prove his knowledge. If not without the help of his friend Lewis Strauss (Robert Downey Jr.) and the wisdom of Albert Einstein (Tom Conti), Ernest Lawrence (Josh Hartnett) and also Niels Bohr (Kenneth Branagh) Opp may not have met his deadline. But someone in the mix is working to supply the Russians with information and the government is working to find out who that would be and some fingers are pointing at Opp. Even when they moved to New Mexico and built a small town in the middle of nowhere did suspicions continue and many tests were made involving Opp’s theories.

As we all know from history that the Atomic Bomb was created and used and for the man that made it happen, Opp began to feel guilty for the lives that were lost in Japan. As for the United States President and government they turned on Opp for his emotional feelings and ended up putting him through grueling meetings and accusations about his personal nature. Even though some people stood up and told the truth, like Scientist David Hill (Rami Malek) about Opp’s character, which is rare in Washington, government still had their method to punish him for a job well done, even after being on the cover of Time magazine. Yet in the very end of the film when we find out the true conversation between Einstein and Oppenheimer at the lake does the three hours you just watched make sense in a very dark world, we live in.

The film is extremely long and if you blink for a minute, you may lose your way but if you pay close attention even though some of the brilliant writing may go over your head, in the last 30 minutes of the story all will fill in the dots for you. The direction is superb along with the score but the filming used in black and white and color for IMAX is superb. I don’t think Washington will ever stop manipulating mankind filling them with lies to serve their own purpose and for those that tell the truth may either disappear or no longer have power among the ranks so when the time comes, we will all eventually suffer for the men that sit in the power chairs that they so do not deserve. I highly recommend this film but remember to turn on your intelligent button because it is powerful. As for the cast they are all fantastic but it is Murphy that will take home the golden statue or at least be nominated for one. I believe Downey Jr. may see some gold in his future as well. Blunt and Damon are excellent supports as are the many cameos and other characters that make “Oppenheimer” the film of the year.

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