Tenet – Movie Review

A movie review written by Lee Sonogan

2hrs30mins (2020) Action, Science Fiction

Originally published on entertainmentcultureonline.com

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Its one hell of a complicated film. It will be very hard for an average viewer to gather all the information provided by this movie at the first watch. But the more you watch it, more hidden elements will come to light. And when you are able to put these hidden elements together. You will realize that this movie is just a “masterpiece” which takes the legacy of Christopher Nolan Forward – shashthezarch (IMDB – 9/10)

A palindrome as in the title and story, Tenet is Christopher Nolan’s most recent film. Not a direct sequel to the movie known as ‘Inception’,  the main actor John David Washington has confirmed the films are related. As it tackles concepts of physics and time, the description of A secret agent embarks on a dangerous, time-bending mission to prevent the start of World War III, does not do it justice. Going so far to which many people came out confused, the deepish context layers that have been suggested by people is better understood the second time going around.

With a budget of $200 million, the blockbuster was able to make around $357 million back at the box office even though cinemas around the world have been at limited capacity for a while now. Pretty much understanding the inverted timelines backwards and forwards, I get why the abstract form was too brief to comprehend the pseudoscience ideas. And the dialogue to explain it did not help much either…

Audio issues aside, there was an original suspenseful soundtrack at relevant scenes (Some also said was too loud). For one the action scenes in reverse just look incredible in how unique they looked. Sadly it was hard to empathise with the characters that were not that memorable at all. Exchanges of words fell flat in specific areas and did not build too much with the flow, falling flat. The payoff in cinematography was shown but rather disappointing and predictable by the end.

Even Robert Pattinson could not save it, acting performances were barely average at best. Still, even though the length was very long, it keeps you engaged for the first half to a certain degree. Capturing some serious thrilling moments, it is not so complex as positive critics have mentioned. Capable to entertain although not be mind-blowing, it might be the directors worst movie to date. Shallow, it goes into the realm of something unrealistically developed even if this technology was undeniably true.

PS – If this was a television series maybe I would rate I higher as how it was compacted together did not do it any favours. Or maybe I need to rewatch again to not be as biased?

As this will be non-spoiler, I can’t say too much about the story. However, what I can is this: Tenet’s story is quite dynamic in the sense that you won’t understand it till it wants you to. So, for the first half, your brain is fighting for hints and pieces to puzzle together the story. It isn’t until halfway through the movie that Tenet invites you to the fantastic storytelling by Christopher Nolan. – r-i-p_333 (IMDB – 9/10)





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