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Tenet (2020) - Movie Review

A secret agent is given a single word as his weapon and sent to prevent the arrival of World War III. He must travel through time and bend the laws of nature in order to be successful in his mission.

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The film is directed by none other than the legendary screenwriter Christopher Nolan, and when Nolan does a film, it’s sure there are mind boggling twists that unfold into unexpected mysteries. Tenet is a magnificent masterpiece that plays between science, fiction, technology, human psychology, and whatever relates to the fantasy world that “can” be a part of reality. The movie is designed as an experience for people who have watched films like “The Prestige” and “Memento” late into the night, hoping to give Nolan fans more to feed on than ever before.

Tenet wastes no time in giving a burst of confusion to the audience when the lead character so called The Protagonist (John David Washington) goes through a short mission where he gets captured and is tortured till he attempts to consume the cyanide pill to end his life. Except the suicide pill is actually a test! Washington wakes up on a boat, where his boss explains that his new mission is to join something called Tenet.

The Protagonist is then taken to a remote facility and introduced to the concept of inverted objects. We look at an object and it is traveling forward through time along with us. To be exact, the objects have actually been coming from future and traveling backwards in present. Apparently, objects have been doing exactly this, and the Powers That Be need to control it because if a bullet could be sent back through time, what happens if a nuclear weapon takes the same trip in reverse.

Tenet (2020) - Movie Review

Teaming up with a mysterious partner named Neil (Robert Pattinson), The Protagonist tracks inverted objects to a villainous Russian arms dealer named Andrei (Kenneth Branagh). To get closer to this wealthy evil mind, The Protagonist uses Andrei’s wife Kat (Elizabeth Debicki), who detests her abusive husband but is being blackmailed into staying with him via threats that she will lose her son if she doesn’t follow his commands.

Tenet (2020) - Movie Review

“Tenet” spends roughly two hours of its 150-minute run time explaining what is happening, why it is happening, and what might happen next. On an initial stage, the movie explains about the extremes of unmonitored power. If one can become so rich and powerful enough to shape the world events, why not change the world history then. Andrei is a well crafted piece from the world of villains with flawless Russian accent and snarling tone.

The movie never drowns in terms of technical elements and even performance. Everyone is committed to Nolan’s runaway speed. Jennifer Lame’s editing is perfect, Van Hoytema’s work is highly-spirited and the performances are all good to great. In particular, Pattinson really gleams in a playful register that he’s not often allowed to use.

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