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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





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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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?


Though the film is not meant to be scientifically accurate, it is based roughly on actual science. Before shooting began, director Christopher Nolan asked physicist Kip Thorne, whom he'd previously worked with on Interstellar (2014), to read through the script to help out with some of the concepts. 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 »


Victor: There's a cold war. Cold as ice. To even know its true nature is to lose.
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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 »


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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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22 August 2020 | by Phil_M_A_KerrSee all my reviews

The Nolan team don't skimp on the 'epic'ery of their films (although they may have to after the pandemic eats into the box office of this one). It's not just a movie, it IS cinema. It's like one, long advertisement for the new techno-fad of temporal flipping. They go about it as casually as a young technology sales person explaining the latest smartphone to you. You only kind of understand what they're saying but what they're SHOWING you is so cool you just go along with it. It is a good film to help understand TIME as potentially the next great expanse to be explored. There's a scene in Avengers: Endgame where they belittle concepts of time presented in Back To The Future and almost every other time-related sci-fi movie. Well, TeneT makes Endgame's own concept of time travel seem rudimentary. Unique & interesting characters from John David Washington (3 names so gotta be good), Pattinson, Debicki, Brannagh & more! Some of the most bizarre action sequences to ever unoccur on film. Good.

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English | Russian | Ukrainian | Estonian

Release Date:

3 September 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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