Christopher Nolan Announces Destruction As Oppenheimer's Trailer Cleverly Clocks a Countdown.


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Christopher Nolan returns to the director’s chair after his last two films, Tenet (2020) and Dunkirk (2017). Nolan has written and is determined to direct a biographical film set in the World War II era, focusing on the American theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, commonly known as the creator of the infamous atomic bomb. The film is set in the year 1942, right in the middle of the World War II period, when the Manhattan Project was organized in the United States as the base for the research and development for the creation of the first nuclear bomb with professor Oppenheimer as the wartime head of the Los Alamos Laboratory.

The Oppenheimer trailer dropped just only a couple of days ago, featuring the Peaky Blinders star, Cillian Murphy, as the main character to portray J. Robert Oppenheimer, alongside a star-studded cast featuring Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr, Florence Pugh, Jack Quaid, Rami Malek, and Emily Blunt. Oppenheimer marks the sixth film collaboration between Nolan and Murphy, and the first to have Murphy as the leading role in this historical film.

A countdown is depicted in Oppenheimer’s trailer, and, oddly enough, the announcement of the film’s trailer via live video through Youtube and Twitter is for the reason that whoever clicks on the trailer will begin to watch it in an endless loop, providing a continuous countdown that highlights the epitome of the doom and explosive destruction that will be depicted in the film. The mysterious countdown is a brilliant scheme formulated by Christopher Nolan, as the director adores a ticking-clock concept, with the run-out time of the clock set on July 16th, 2023, which is a significant date marking the 78th anniversary of the first test of the atomic bomb in the year 1945 on the plains of Alamogordo Bombing Range. The countdown is an ode to the day that changed the world forever.

J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, shared a verse derived from the Bhagavad Gita, a piece of Hindu scripture, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds” as he witnessed the first detonation of the nuclear bomb.

Oppenheimer, to be distributed by Universal Pictures, drops on July 21, 2023.

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