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Oppenheimer: Unleashing the Cinematic Fission

The new film Oppenheimer tells the story of the Manhattan Project and creating the world’s first weapon of mass destruction for the United States. The critic for Variety writes that J. Robert Oppenheimer “imprints himself on your imagination. The movie needs that, because Oppenheimer is a relentless, coruscating piece of maximalist cinema that you watch on the edge of your brain. Nuclear fission means the release of energy that happens when the nucleus of an atom is split, and director Christopher Nolan has conceived Oppenheimer as an act of cinematic fission.”