( 2022, USA, 119')
Robert Oppenheimer, the Manhattan Project, Little Boy and Fat Man, the tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and Chernobyl are but a few historical landmarks of nuclear power history. In over two hours of accurate historical reconstruction, Oliver Stone traces all events that brought about the making and development – almost like a human being’s – of nuclear technology. This is a documentary, though not one to sweep its opinion under the rug. Indirectly, a stance is taken on criticism of nuclear industry. What if nuclear tech was the only weapon to guarantee human survival? In what ways will we change our opinion on coal, oil, and gas?
William Oliver Stone was born in New York in 1946. He served in the Vietnam War for four years, graduated at the New York University Film School, and made his first short Last Year in Viet Nam in 1973. His film production is a crescendo of success: Midnight Express (1978) won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, and both Platoon (1986) and Born on the Fourth of July (1989) are Vietnam War films that went on to win multiple awards. Other films include JFK (1991), Natural Born Killers (1994), World Trade Center (2006), and Wall Street – Money Never Sleeps (2010).