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Oppenheimer’s new trailer is the sound of the Doomsday Clock winding up

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Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer. | Universal

In real life and in Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming film Oppenheimer, the engineers working closest to the Manhattan Project knew there was a chance that the atomic bomb might ignite the entire planet’s atmosphere. That fear’s very palpable in the movie’s latest trailer but isn’t nearly enough to stop anyone from racing toward the invention of a bomb that shaped the arc of history.

Though it’s full of artful explosions and the deeply unsettling crackle of a Geiger counter, Oppenheimer’s latest trailer mainly focuses on J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) — the theoretical physicist and Los Alamos Laboratory director who oversaw the design of the atomic bomb — grappling with the gravity of what he and his colleagues are creating.


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