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.
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
The movie was originally slated to be released on 17 July 2020, a lucky date for director Christopher Nolan. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic it was postponed several times. Warner Bros. eventually decided to release the film internationally on 26 August, before debuting it in the United States on 3 September. See more »
When the gold bricks fall onto the tarmac, several of them bounce quite high in the air, showing that they are props, probably hollow and made of steel coated with a yellow metal such as brass. Real gold is very dense and very soft; a gold bar dropped from a height would not bounce. See more »
I've been thinking, we're their ancestors. If they destroy us, won't that destroy them?
That'd bring us to the grandfather paradox.
You went back in time, and killed your own grandfather. How could you've been born to commit the act?
What's the answer?
There's no answer. It's a paradox.
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This film debuts a new Warner Brothers logo. See more »
British theatrical version was cut (in one fight scene) to secure the desired "12A" rating. See more »
Necessary to watch twice, preferably with subtitles.
Its somewhat ironic that a movie about time travel can't be reviewed properly until your future self rewatches the movie.
It's bold of Nolan to make such a thoroughly dense blockbuster. He assumes people will actually want to see Tenet more than once so they can understand it properly, which some may not. This movie makes the chronology of Inception look as simplistic as tic-tac-toe.
Ergo, it's hard for me to give an accurate rating, without having seen it twice, as I'm still trying to figure out whether everything does indeed make sense. If it does, this movie is easily a 9 or 10. If it doesn't, it's a 6.
It's further not helped by the fact that the dialogue in the first 15 minutes of the movie is painfully hard to understand / hear. Either they were behind masks; they were practically mumbling; the sound effects were too loud; or all of the above. The exposition scenes are also waayyy too brief for something this complex -- a problem also shared with Interstellar actually.
(Interstellar had this minimalist exposition problem explaining Blight, where if you weren't careful, you'd miss this one sentence / scene in the entire movie explaining that Blight was a viral bacteria:
"Earth's atmosphere is 80% nitrogen, we don't even breathe nitrogen. Blight does, and as it thrives, our air gets less and less oxygen").
I guess it's a Nolan quirk. Hopefully, a revision of the film audio sorts the sound mixing out. I do like the soundtrack, but it's too loud initially.
I liked all the actors. You think John Washington can't act at first, but he can, and he grows on you as the film progresses. And Pattinson is his usual charming self. Elizabeth is a surprise treat. And so on.
Its worth a watch either way. See it with subtitles if you can. And definitely don't expect to fully understand whats going on the first time around.
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