‘Einstein and the Bomb’ (2024) – A docudrama featuring the testimonies of Albert Einstein

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Martin Cid
Martin Cid

Einstein and the Bomb is a docudrama directed by Anthony Philipson.

Einstein was credited with being the first to take the initial step towards unlocking the secrets of matter, which eventually led to atomic energy and the nuclear bombs dropped in Japan. Due to the rise of the Nazis, Einstein was forced to flee Germany, first to the United Kingdom and then to Princeton, United States.

“Einstein and the Bomb” is a dramatization of Einstein’s life from his departure from Germany until his death in the United States in 1955. The film includes interesting archival footage of the real Einstein and provides explanations about relativity, what this theory entails, and how far humanity has come thanks to the horizon of knowledge that was opened. It is a pedagogical docudrama that reminds us of the ones we used to watch in school to learn scientific lessons, with a highly educational discourse.

It is not intended to be a cinematic masterpiece, but rather a documentary for younger audiences to learn about Einstein. However, it only offers a general overview and does not delve into details or controversies.

About the film

As a documentary, there is not much to add. It simply aims to give a general idea of Einstein’s life. The documentary is based on Einstein’s own words, narrated in voice-over, his writings, and above all, his moral conclusions, which were numerous and valuable. It does not engage in any controversy, and if you already know about the theory of relativity, you may skip it as it does not offer much new information, but rather briefly summarizes Einstein’s theories and provides a general view of their impact.

This is not a biography of Robert Oppenheimer, and the Manhattan Project has little to do with this docudrama. The documentary simply presents well-known facts in a dramatized way, aiming to educate schoolchildren.

If you are looking for new information, proper scientific explanations, or controversial opinions, this is not the film for you.

Our opinion

This is a docudrama that reminds us of the ones we used to watch in school, providing a general overview of a particular subject. In this case, it focuses on the scientific idea that changed everything and its pioneer. We cannot say if it does justice to Einstein or not, but this educational docudrama has left us wanting more.

Release date

February 16, 2024

Where to Watch “Einstein and the Bomb”

Netflix

Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein

About Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein, a name that immediately evokes images of genius and scientific breakthroughs, is undeniably one of the greatest minds in the field of physics. Born on March 14, 1879, in Ulm, Germany, Einstein’s contributions to the world of science have forever altered our understanding of the universe. Read more

The Cast

Aidan McArdle
Aidan McArdle
Helena Westerman
Helena Westerman
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Andrew Havill
Leo Ashizawa
Leo Ashizawa
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