In real life and in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming movie Oppenheimer, the engineers closest to the Manhattan project knew there was a chance that the atomic bomb would ignite the entire planet’s atmosphere. That fear is very palpable in the movie’s latest trailer, but it’s not nearly enough to prevent anyone from racing toward the invention of a bomb that shaped the arc of history.
Although it is full of artful explosions and the very disturbing crackle of a Geiger counter, Oppenheimer‘s latest trailer mainly focuses on J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) – the theoretical physicist and Los Alamos Laboratory director who oversaw the design of the atomic bomb – who struggles with the gravity of what he and his colleagues are creating.
With Nazi Germany spent months developing its own bomb, Oppenheimer, his wife Kitty (Emily Blunt) and Lieutenant General Leslie Richard Groves (Matt Damon) know that time is not on their side as they set out to recruit. countless scientists to be part of the Manhattan Project without understanding what they are becoming part of. Oppenheimer totally gets it though, and the trailer highlights how his understanding of what the bomb is and what it can do was a source of deep hope as well as deep fear.
Oppenheimer will be in cinemas from June 21.