In 1942, J. Robert Oppenheimer, a five-pack-a-day chain smoker and brilliant theoretical physicist, was chosen to work on the Manhattan Project where he was instrumental in developing the first nuclear weapons. The movie, starring Cillian Murphy, follows the steps taken to create the first nuclear explosion.
After the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Oppenheimer was called before the House on UnAmerican Activity committee because of his earlier association with Communists. The film goes into his questioning and the questioning of almost everyone who knew him. Piles of supposedly damning information were brought before the committee.
At three hours long, the movie seems to drag in certain parts but is well worth seeing. There is no part that should be omitted from the film.