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.
This is the first movie I’ve seen in theatres since the lockdown. It’s an interesting experience–you have to reserve, you choose your seats. We watched the movie in the mid-afternoon so there was barely anyone in the theatre–maybe 7 of us, tops. So yeah, we chose to watch Christopher Nolan’s latest flick.
Christopher Nolan’s movies are always so visually stunning and impressive, and Tenet is no different. I like the muted, minimalist set-up–the Scandinavian setting helps re-inforce this–as it adds to the futuristic setting it was set in. Like Nolan’s other movies, this movie is technically stunning to watch: the action sequences were a lot of fun to watch, especially when it starts going timey-wimey and the present and future start colliding. It was enjoyable to watch on the big screen.
Story-wise, it was interesting enough, though the movie really does hit the ground running. We don’t know anything about the Protagonist or how he ended up in this webbed mission to fight the future, or why he’s going along with the back and forth that he finds himself in. This is a spy thriller, as some reviewers had pointed out, and when you view it in that regard it’s easier to just slip into the movie. It was weird we had almost no background to the Protagonist and how he ended up in this movie but John David Washington was excellent in conveying what was not said and made up for that gap. Robert Pattinson was also fantastic as Neil, whose character had so much depth–and a few surprises that tugged at me!–I was really rooting for him at the final showdown. Oh, and Elizabeth Debicki was fantastic playing the cold and beautiful character who is suffering greatly.
Not that it’s ever easy to stick to an idea for a movie involving plenty of play involving time, but I wish Nolan had chose to pursue one theory about time. Throughout the movie different theories about how time operates–and about time travel–are raised, but at the end it seemed he didn’t pursue any particular one as the theory in which the movie operates with. It’s hard to explain without going to too much detail about the movie–and typing this it has been a while since I’ve seen it–but I felt a little disappointed at the end that the movie didn’t have more to say about time and why events unfolded the way it did.
I heard this was an issue with some of his other movies but probably my biggest gripe with this movie was the sound editing: the bass just drowned out quite a bit of dialogue. Luckily the bits I couldn’t hear didn’t factor in later on in the movie but still, it was annoying. And physically painful.
Despite of this, I enjoyed watching Tenet. I didn’t find it confusing at all and it was cool to watch in the big screen.