Friday, May 15, 2009

Fat Man & Little Boy (1989) PG13 - 3 Stars

Once again a movie enlightens me as I never paid attention to the nicknames of the atomic bombs made to drop over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. With the general pushing the men to make a deadline, no one stopped to think about what it would be used to do. Paul Newman gives a strong performance of General Leslie Groves and while the movie is interesting I just didn't find it fully captivating until the accident. The movie is shown through the eyes of the men responsible for building these first atomic bombs.

The movie takes focus on the people who worked on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos, New Mexico. With the onset of World II, the best scientists are called in to discover the mechanics needed to make the most powerful explosive, the U.S. can provide. J. Robert Oppenheimer (Dwight Schultz), is a atomic scientist, in charge of the project and finds he and his crew get caught up in the discovery and deadline, without considering the consequences of its use.

Kathleen Robinson (Laura Dern), is a nurse at the site with limited knowledge of what the men are working on. She develops a liking for Michael Merriman (John Cusack), one of the scientists on the project. With Oppenheimer's marriage on the rocks and General Leslie Groves (Paul Newman) pushing for the deadline, Merriman becomes exposed to a massive dose of radiation while testing the inner core. It's then the men realize the power they hold in their hands and start to question the morality of building something so powerful.

Paramount Pictures
Director: Roland Joffé
Writers: Bruce Robinson, Roland Joffé
Producers: John Calley, Ken Strausbaugh, Tony Garnett
I viewed 5/09

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