From The First Look, Oppenheimer Could Be Christopher Nolan’s Best Movie Yet

The Oppenheimer trailer looks to deliver Christopher Nolan's best film yet.

By Britta DeVore | Updated

It’s finally here. Today, Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) dropped the trailer (which you can see below) for his latest big-budget blockbuster flick, Oppenheimer, and by the looks of it, the star-studded film will not disappoint. In a trailer that you can see below, the Cillian Murphy-led film is ripped straight from history when America – and the rest of the world for that matter – were in a heated race against the Nazis to create a country-destroying bomb.

The first moments of the Oppenheimer trailer open on a national emergency and an all-hands-on-deck situation that sees the testing of the atomic bomb in the top secret mission known as the Manhattan Project. Understanding how high the stakes are, Cillian Murphy’s titular character presses his coworkers to push themselves to the brink of exhaustion to develop the bomb that would ultimately change the way that war was fought.

Also aware of the top-secret nature of the project, when things get rolling for the scientists, Oppenheimer insists that all personnel are forced to stay on the compound until the task comes to an end.

From the recruiting process to the speedy process of building a town in the middle of nowhere, the film will cover the technological race that saw the United States just behind its opponents. Science clashes with morals and the heart of mankind in the remainder of the pulse-pounding trailer as Oppenheimer toes the line of being the man who brings about world peace or the one who destroys the entire planet. 

Standing behind some of the most notable titles over the last 20+ years, including the Dark Knight trilogy, Memento, Inception, and Interstellar, Christopher Nolan is bringing his creative vision back to the big screen for the first time in three years with Oppenheimer. Not only is the director known for his unique and incredible vision but he’s also famous for packing his call sheet with the biggest names in the biz.

Along with Cillian Murphy, the trailer for Oppenheimer also featured a lot of Matt Damon’s Lieutenant General Leslie Groves, who worked alongside the physicist overseeing the growth of the Manhattan Project. Also spotted in the first look was Emily Blunt as Oppenheimer’s wife, Katherine “Kitty” Oppenheimer, Tom Conti as Albert Einstein, Benny Safdie as Edward Teller, and Josh Peck as Kenneth Bainbridge – just to name a few. The film will also feature performances by Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Robert Downey Jr., Kenneth Branagh, Josh Hartnett, Jack Quaid, and David Dastmalchian. 

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In short, Oppenheimer may be Christopher Nolan’s biggest feature yet, which is saying a lot from the filmmaker who brought DC audiences arguably the most beloved trilogies in the history of the studio and the critically celebrated Dunkirk, which is largely hailed as one of the truest to form war epics out there. With his latest film, Nolan is pushing the boundaries of what a big-budget piece of historical cinema can be while staying true to the human emotion and experience at the center of the bomb that flipped the world upside down and led to the end of WWII.