Tenet ★★★★½

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. Talk about hype for a film. During this pandemic, many people have stated that Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ will be the film to save our cinemas. Although this may not be the case and far too much pressure to put on a film. All that aside, the film is an absolute spectacle. Once again Nolan has crafted a blockbuster that is not only original but challenges the audience rather than letting be passive. If you look at Nolan’s previous works, he has always manipulated time and the narrative. Nolan harks back to some his previous works to sculpt this blockbuster. The use of a fragmented narrative in ‘Memento’ helps him structure the story and the blustering scale of ‘Inception’ helps you understand slightly what you are in for. John David Washington (son of Denzel) is a rising star in his own right. He grounds the film with his relatability and the fact he has charm and action chops to spare only go in his favour. Robert Pattinson has always been on an upward trajectory since leaving the Twilight saga behind and his performance as the enigmatic Neil only cements his superstar credentials. Elizabeth Debicki as Kat not only serves as the catalyst for the action but delivers a performance full of anguish and desperation. Finally, Kenneth Branagh is clearly relishing in his role of the tyrannical Andrei Sator as he steals every scene he is in. The irony of the pacing is that it’s bombastic, right from the word “go” we are thrown into the action not letting us time to breathe in a world where time can be manipulated. This is backed with an very, very loud and intense score by Ludwig Görranson who does his best Hans Zimmer impression throughout. As always Hoyte Van Hoytema shoots the film beautifully, showing is the beauty and the scale of this twilight world. Overall, this is a film that proves Nolan is just having fun with the tools of cinema. He makes movies he wants to make and is given the freedom to do so. People ask if he would ever do a Bond film, if you take ‘Inception’ and now ‘Tenet’ you get a good idea of how that would look.

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