the fresh films reviews

S I N C E   1 9 9 7


Oppenheimer (2023)

Directed by:
Christopher Nolan



180 minutes

Produced by:
Emma Thomas
Charles Roven
Christopher Nolan
Written by (based on "American Prometheus" by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin):
Christopher Nolan

Cast includes:


J. Robert Oppenheimer

Cillian Murphy ½
Katherine "Kitty" Oppenheimer Emily Blunt
Gen. Leslie Groves Matt Damon
Lewis Strauss Robert Downey Jr. ½
Jean Tatlock Florence Pugh
Ernest Lawrence Josh Hartnett
Boris Pash Casey Affleck -
David L. Hill Rami Malek -
Niels Bohr Kenneth Branagh
Edward Teller Benny Safdie
Roger Robb Jason Clarke
Frank Oppenheimer Dylan Arnold -
Albert Einstein Tom Conti ½
Patrick Blackett James D'Arcy -
William L. Borden David Dastmalchian ½
Maj Gen. Kenneth Nicholson Dane DeHaan
Senate aide to Lewis Strauss Alden Ehrenreich ½
Gordon Gray Tony Goldwyn -
Haakon Chevalier Jefferson Hall
Isidor Isaac Rabi David Krumholtz
Vannevar Bush Matthew Modine -
Hans Bethe Gustaf Skarsgård -
Robert Serber Michael Angarano -
Richard Feynman Jack Quaid -
Kenneth Bainbridge Josh Peck -
Lilli Hornig Olivia Thirlby -
Klaus Fuchs Christopher Denham -
Donald Hornig David Rysdahl -
Ruth Tolman Louise Lombard -
Philip Morrison Harrison Gilbertson -
George Kistiakowsky Trond Fausa Aurvåg -
Edward Condon Olli Haaskivi -
Seth Neddermeyer Devon Bostick -
Lloyd K. Garrison Macon Blair -
Giovanni Rossi Lomanitz Josh Zuckerman -
Luis Walter Alvarez Alex Wolff -
George Eltenton Guy Burnet -
Jackie Oppenheimer Emma Dumont -
Security Officer Lyall Johnson Jack Cutmore-Scott -
Counsel to Lewis Strauss Scott Grimes -
Harry S. Truman Gary Oldman -
Sen. Gale W. McGee Harry Groener -
Henry Stimson James Remar -
Leo Szilard Máté Haumann -
Werner Heisenberg Matthias Schweighöfer -



– "I am become death, destroyer of worlds."

Christopher Nolan's daunting epic about the father of the atomic bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer, is an expertly made, fully engrossing biopic of the same gargantuan, self-centered proportions that we have come to expect of both Nolan's movies and the best films in this genre. Nolan's uncanny ability of weaving storylines and timelines together and interspersing them with intensifying moments and motifs makes Oppenheimer's at times overly discourse-based script come alive and the story's implications feel as momentous as they were. To make a film based around this many historical characters and meetings behind closed doors requires a remarkable sleight of hand, which Nolan again demonstrates that he has, but if Oppenheimer does have a deficiency, it is that it probably requires a viewer with a fair bit of historical knowledge or a solid historical interest. Luckily, Nolan has no trouble keeping his piece together despite its tremendous scope. He centres almost every scene and image around Cillian Murphy's wonderful, contemporary rendition of the titular character, who functions as a focal point which all attention is drawn towards. The inclusion of the Amadeus/Salieri relation between Oppenheimer and Lewis Strauss (played by Robert Downey Jr.) may not turn out to be Nolan's strongest card, but as with the film's other dealings with the more controversial aspects of the story, it's handled with a certain amount of grace. A host of capable thespians from around the globe make up the extensive supporting cast, with special nods to Josh Hartnett, Benny Safdie, and David Krumholtz. The evocative score is by Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson.

Copyright © 27.08.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang