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Tenet (2020)

PG-13 | | Action, Sci-Fi | 3 September 2020 (USA)
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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
16 ( 3)
2 wins & 5 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


Action | Sci-Fi

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?


The eighth film directed by Christopher Nolan to feature Michael Caine, including his voice cameo in Dunkirk (2017). See more »


While Neil and the Protagonist are trying to get into the Freeport in Oslo with injured Kat, the explosion from the aircraft's engine appears to push the Protagonist into the building in inverted time. However, it is actually the engine reforming that causes this, as in non-inverted time the engine is sucking air in, meaning it is suddenly blowing air towards the Protagonist in inverse-time. See more »


The Protagonist: There's a cold war.
Neil: Nuclear?
The Protagonist: Temporal.
Neil: Time travel?
The Protagonist: No. Technology that can invert an object's entropy.
Neil: You mean reverse chronology, like Feynman and Wheeler's notion that a positron is an electron moving backwards in time.
The Protagonist: Sure, that's exactly what I meant.
Neil: I have a master's in physics.
The Protagonist: Well, try and keep up.
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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

British theatrical version was cut (in one fight scene) to secure the desired "12A" rating. 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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Interesting but at times very confusing
23 September 2020 | by vittorio-13See all my reviews

It had to happen. I was not sure what to think about this movie, but I went anyway. It was a very strange and extremely confusing movie. ( my wife would have hated) Great special effects though no wonder it cost so much money. It was over all an entertaining movie but very long. However, It's not the kind of movie that you need to see on the big screen. You would be better off watching at home with the subtitle so you can understand what they are saying and maybe you have to rewind. A few times. The science was off but which made the movie more confusing plus made some of the sequence out of place and did not make senses. But it was a cool concept that is for sure. Denzel Washington son did a good job. It was a hard movie to watch at times. This kind of movie would do well in a tv series where they have time to explain and take their time develop the plot more. I give it 7 out of 10. Because of the special effect and an original story.

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English | Russian | Ukrainian | Estonian

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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