Alas. Christopher Nolan’s highly-anticipated, time-bending thriller, Tenet, has FINALLY hit theatres — yes. That’s right. Yours truly has FINALLY made it back into the comfy seats of a Dolby theatre. It was a really special moment. But I digress.
Tenet’s plot has been a mystery. All you know from trailers and cast interviews is that an agent (John David Washington) embarks on a dangerous mission to prevent the world from entering World War III.
Very early on in the film, Clémence Poésy’s character begins explaining time inversion to John David Washington’s Protagonist, advising, “don’t try to understand it — just feel it.”
And that’s my advice to you going into Tenet.
Just feel it.
If you are well versed with Nolan’s vast filmography, you should expect to experience something larger than life yet challenging.
From its gorgeous cinematography darting all across the world to its explosive action sequences Tenet is DEFINITELY gradiose. The special effects are just a joy to watch on screen. Nolan exploded a REAL plane for this movie. That’s bonkers!
But not as bonkers Nolan’s screenplay — which is totally expected when you’re cramming time inversion, physics, and brainy banter. Between all the back and forth with through time, my expectations weren’t exceeded. They were just met.
Nolan’s highly anticipated twists and turns weren’t shocking, although I can already see some die hard fans over analyzing and theorizing over the film’s ending.
And with all the heart-pounding action, it felt as if I was watching a “smarter James Bond” film instead of something classic of Nolan.
While I still enjoyed the mental chess match, its the players that impressed me most. John David Washington is charismatic and captivating as the Protagonist, putting his name on the map. While Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Debicki also commanded the screen. Even Kenneth Branagh with a rough Russian accent was terrifying as the film’s detestable antagonist.
Tenet may not be the film to save the 2020 box office but it sure as hell is a great way to welcome people back into the theatre.
Final Thoughts: A grandiose and cerebral spectacle, Nolan’s Tenet is not as strong as his previous works but still proves to be an action packed adrenaline ride into the unknown.