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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.

Director:

Christopher Nolan
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Cast

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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Storyline

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

Taglines:

Time Runs Out

Genres:

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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Trivia

Robert Pattinson received the news that he'd been cast as Bruce Wayne in The Batman (2022) on his first day on set shooting this movie. This is an interesting coincidence, as director Christopher Nolan previously made three Batman films: Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). See more »

Goofs

The aircraft used for the crash scene carries a fictitious name Norskfreight and registration number LN-WTJK. The aircraft purchased for the film was a former Cathay Pacific 747-200 with registration number B-HMD. However, although the fuselage registration number was changed the nose wheel flap was not repainted to match the new registration and still has the letters MD clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

The Protagonist: I've been thinking, we're their ancestors. If they destroy us, won't that destroy them?
Neil: That'd bring us to the grandfather paradox.
The Protagonist: The what?
Neil: You went back in time, and killed your own grandfather. How could you've been born to commit the act?
The Protagonist: What's the answer?
Neil: There's no answer. It's a paradox.
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Crazy Credits

This film debuts a new Warner Brothers logo. See more »

Alternate Versions

British theatrical version was cut (in one fight scene) to secure the desired "12A" rating. See more »


Soundtracks

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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Confusing at first. Rewarding when thinking about it.
7 September 2020 | by manopanoSee all my reviews

Confused while watching it but with time to think about it afterwards it makes sense


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$205,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,200,000, 6 September 2020

Gross USA:

$56,900,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$356,300,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros., Syncopy See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.43 : 1
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