Those who flocked yesterday to the cinema to watch Oppenheimer expected Christopher Nolan’s epic depiction of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear explosions to include incredible visual effects.
This is not what they got, but they were not disappointed either. They got to watch one of Nolan’s best and most ambitious works, especially in terms of narrative structure, something that not all directors are able to achieve.
The film had the director’s fingerprint all over its visuals and sounds — a signature that fans have come to know through the "Batman" trilogy, "Memento", "Inception", "Insomnia", "The Prestige", "Interstellar" and "Tenet".
A living nightmare
From the moment this large project was announced, the question on everyone’s mind was: How will Nolan convey one of history’s darkest and most controversial moments, the creation of the atomic bomb and its use during World War II, onto the big screen?
Can images and words explore the depth of this living nightmare created by humans? A nightmare that changed the course of events (World War II) and the world as we know it. It transported humanity into a new world, as the father of the atomic bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer, tells Albert Einstein in one of the scenes.