Director: Christopher Nolan Run Time: 180 min. Release Year: 2023
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr.
The story of J. Robert Oppenheimer’s role in the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.
Thanks to his stylized, time-bending renovation of film noir conventions, director Christopher Nolan established himself as a creator of psychologically demanding films that defied classification. Though he made his feature debut with the ultra-low budget indie, Following (1998), Nolan put himself on the map with Memento (2000), a classic revenge story with the unique twist of being told backwards. Hailed by many critics and – by indie standards – made successful by a rabid audience, Memento quickly turned Nolan’s fortunes, establishing him as a highly sought-after talent. But it was the blockbuster Batman Begins (2005) – a reimagined take on a long-defunct film franchise – that propelled Nolan to the upper tier of Hollywood directors. His dark, brooding take on the avenging crusader was much more aligned with its original intention than any other subsequent incarnation had been, earning critical praise, audience admiration and a large chunk of box office dollars. With The Prestige (2006), The Dark Knight (2008) and Inception (2010), his reputation as an auteur working in a blockbuster world was firmly cemented. Later works Interstellar (2014) and Dunkirk (2017) showed that his mastery of form extended to philosophical science fiction and gripping war drama as well.