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Tenet (2020)

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Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.


Christopher Nolan
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16 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Juhan Ulfsak ... Passenger
Jefferson Hall ... Well-Dressed Man
Ivo Uukkivi Ivo Uukkivi ... Uniformed Official
Andrew Howard ... Driver
John David Washington ... Protagonist
Rich Ceraulo Ko ... SWAT / Target
Jonathan Camp ... SWAT 2
Wes Chatham ... SWAT 3
Sander Rebane Sander Rebane ... Ukrainian SWAT
Martin Donovan ... Fay
Clémence Poésy ... Barbara
Josh Stewart ... Male Voice (voice)
Robert Pattinson ... Neil
Dimple Kapadia ... Priya
Denzil Smith ... Sanjay

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In a twilight world of international espionage, an unnamed CIA operative, known as The Protagonist, is recruited by a mysterious organization called Tenet to participate in a global assignment that unfolds beyond real time. The mission: prevent Andrei Sator, a renegade Russian oligarch with precognition abilities, from starting World War III. The Protagonist will soon master the art of "time inversion" as a way of countering the threat that is to come. Written by jesusblack-91294

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Time Runs Out

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some suggestive references and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Due to the secrecy surrounding the film before its release, some fans speculated that this was actually a Green Lantern Corps film in disguise, with John David Washington starring as John Stewart, Robert Pattinson as Hal Jordan, and Elizabeth Debicki as Carol Ferris. Of course, this later proved not to be the case, though Pattinson did end up joining the DC Cinematic Universe as Bruce Wayne in The Batman (2022). See more »


When the Protagonist enters the Saab, hands can be seen in the wing mirror. See more »


The Protagonist: I'll set you up as a go-between. But remember, to you, it's all about the plutonium. Or when we're done, they'll kill you.
Neil: Won't you have to do that anyway?
The Protagonist: I rather be my decision.
Neil: So do I. I think.
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Crazy Credits

The Warner Bros and Syncopy logos are respectively shaded red and blue, the colors used in the film to represent normal/inverted time. See more »

Alternate Versions

The British Warner Bros. subsidiary removed 9 seconds of footage (showing Sator kicking Kat during a fight) from the theatrical version to secure a "12A" rating (an uncut "15" was available). This version was later released on home video in the UK. See more »


Featured in Sky News at 9: Episode dated 3 September 2020 (2020) See more »


The Plan
Written by Travis Scott (as Jacques Webster), Wonda Gurl (as Ebony Naomi Oshunrinde) and Ludwig Göransson
Performed by Travis Scott
Produced by Ludwig Göransson and Wonda Gurl
Travis Scott appears courtesy of Cactus Jack/Epic Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Lots of potential, but chaotic and at tee end, unsatisfying
30 August 2020 | by walter2-1See all my reviews

I am a big Nolan and Sci-Fi fan, and there's no question serious effort went into this movie. No question, the visuals were great, the acting was great, but the editing, PLOT and over-all effect was simply unsatisfying.

The plot is full of discontinuity and random plot elements, and the main time reversal issue is never adequately explained, resolved or identified, and even the cryptic "Tenet" keyword never seems to appear outside of the trailer cuts. The most annoying aspect was the often incomprehensible audio, due to masks and bad editing, that made many key moments a total mystery.

The plot is also littered with bad science of every possible kind, random statements that simply make no real sense (even using the odd time scenario) , and when viewed as ongoing story make you stop and say, how did we ever get HERE? The gun and bullet demonstration really sticks in my mind as total and complete cinematic plot garbage.

I don't doubt this could have been a masterful movie, but unlike Memento or Inception, the script and story continuity were simply not up to the complex story task. The one word that sticks in my mind about this movie is disappointing. After the long delay, i really expected something a lot better than this. Maybe a later edit will fix this, but it certainly doesn't need to get any longer.

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Release Date:

3 September 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merry-Go-Round See more »

Filming Locations:

Linnahall, Tallinn, Estonia See more »


Box Office


$205,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,200,000, 6 September 2020

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros., Syncopy See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.43 : 1
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