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‘2 hours of build-up, 1 hour explosion in slow motion’: Fans Troll Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer’s 3 Hour Runtime

‘2 hours of build-up, 1 hour explosion in slow motion’: Fans Troll Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer’s 3 Hour Runtime

After 3 long years, Christopher Nolan has found the limelight once again, and what a perfect film it is to stage a comeback. Oppenheimer is the director’s first attempt at a biographical drama after spending the last twenty years curating a strangely hallowed collection of original and high-end sci-fi classics. The ensemble film with a who’s who of the industry waltzing into every frame now finds a most curious audience base among the netizens, even as reports of Oppenheimer’s extensively long runtime become public.

Oppenheimer (2023)
Oppenheimer (2023)

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Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer Set to Run 3 Hours Long

With a fascination for the strange and the unfathomable, the fearlessly brilliant mind of Christopher Nolan gave birth to such creations as Inception, Interstellar, and Tenet, bringing the visions to life on the silver screen in a larger-than-life ambitious arc. But the world of mind-bending sci-fi takes a backseat as Nolan goes back to the taste of war and drama that he found during his production of Dunkirk.

Cillian Murphy in Oppenheimer
Cillian Murphy as Robert Oppenheimer

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Oppenheimer not only takes a shot at compelling the vision of one man and his impossible creation but compresses the saga of its origin and execution into a 3-hour narrative. But as much as the story fascinates the audience, the incredulous runtime that Nolan has established as the canvas of his next masterpiece gives the potential moviegoers all the more reason to chew on their nails, be it out of anticipation or worry.

Mixed Fan Response to Oppenheimer’s 3-Hour Runtime

Oppenheimer – a Christopher Nolan vision
Oppenheimer – a Christopher Nolan vision

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In a new interview, Oppenheimer actor and frequent Nolan collaborator, Matt Damon who plays Leslie Groves in the film revealed that the upcoming biography and war drama will stretch up to more than 3 hours of screen time. While this could potentially indicate a well-fleshed-out story exploring J. Robert Oppenheimer’s vision and legacy in all its horrifying glory, it could also mean an unnecessarily long narration of overarching themes and a historically familiar plot.

But whatever the case may be, one thing remains very clear to all who wait for the bomb to drop (pun intended): Oppenheimer is a masterpiece in the making and despite the cautionary response of a few critics among the masses, Christopher Nolan’s vision will not fail to hit its mark, as always.

Oppenheimer features Cillian Murphy in the leading role as J. Robert Oppenheimer alongside an ensemble cast comprising Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Emma Dumont, Jack Quaid, Gary Oldman, Josh Hartnett, Matthias Schweighöfer, Alden Ehrenreich, Jason Clarke, Matthew Modine, Casey Affleck, Benny Safdie, James D’Arcy, and many more.

Oppenheimer opens in theatres on 21 July 2023.

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Written by Diya Majumdar

Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, Diya Majumdar now has more than 1200 published articles on Fandomwire, and her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema. She happens to be a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh, and an obsessive collection of Spotify playlists