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Christopher Nolan Explains Why The Nuclear Explosion Was Silent In ‘Oppenheimer’

Oppenheimer‘ has been credited as one of the greatest movies of 2023. The almost 3-hour-long film has given viewers some incredible imagery and visuals without any CGI. It has also been considered as one of Nolan’s best works. One of the greatest parts of the movie was recreating the atomic bomb blast without any CGI. 


Christopher Nolan has already given viewers many big revelations about the movie. And now he finally explains why the explosion was silent. Based on the life of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the movie is about the making of the first atomic bomb. So let’s take a look! 

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‘Oppenheimer’: Why Was The Nuclear Explosion Scene Silent At First? 

Cillian Murphy didn't have much time to prepare for 'Oppenheimer.'
Cillian Murphy in ‘Oppenheimer.’

If you have watched ‘Oppenheimer‘, then you already know about the Trinity test. And you would recall the spectacular scene of the explosion of the atomic bomb was silent. There are many fan theories regarding the scene. 


And now director Christopher Nolan has finally spoken out about the scene. “It felt, to me, very daunting to portray the world’s first nuclear explosion without sound“, said Nolan. 

But I started to realize that it gave us the opportunity to show a very, very unique moment in these people’s lives,” the Dunkirk director continued to say, “where they’re seeing what’s happening, but in a way, not yet feeling the consequences of it.” Christopher Nolan added, “It seemed kind of like a perfect metaphor for the whole film, in a way.”

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How Was The Scene Shot Without CGI?

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Christopher Nolan has shot the entirety of the movie without any computer-generated graphics. In such a scenario, viewers were most interested to know how the explosion scene was shot.

Christopher Nolan recalled,“I think recreating the Trinity test without the use of computer graphics was a huge challenge to take on.” He added, “Andrew Jackson — my visual effects supervisor, I got him on board early on — was looking at how we could do a lot of the visual elements of the film practically.”

Nolan gave credit to his excellent cast and crew who stood up to the challenge and assisted Nolan in creating one of the most successful movies of 2023. 


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