lucan’s review published on Letterboxd:
Bursting at us with real life explosions and a crazy refusal for CGI, TENET and its heart-racing score will vibrate you to immersion, but it's just how quick that immersion will wear off for you - for me it was after the first big scene, and while my interest kept coming back up again in certain quickfire action sequences it would always come back down, inevitably, and would come down lower every time it happened due to the repetition of this loss of interest, and for 150 minutes there was no way I was able to look back on the film and only remember the good bits...and even the good bits: they aren't amazing. They are adrenaline-inducing for sure, especially in the cinema - the crew have clearly catered their sound design and a lot of the soundtrack for the big screen (though even the music is really messy for the most part; so minimal yet annoyingly amplified) - but TENET becomes less and less likeable the more I think about it. Imagine Inception without the emotion of a grief-stricken Leonardo DiCaprio, because there is no emotion here. Even something like physical abuse is just used to easily employ the idea that Kenneth Branagh's character is bad and nothing else and that you shouldn't root for him - the ultimate one-dimensional antagonist - barely caring about his victim(s) or the theme in general, and that's the same with every minor 'theme' you'll see being brought up and then swept away in dialogue - of which is rightly regarded as lacking and overly expositional by many - you'll hear or see the statement but you won't feel it, and that's because Chris only cares about plot here. And that's a shame because even the plot isn't anything special; another time travel movie that refuses to admit that and disguises itself as something new: iNvErSiOn.
It's a no from me. It had nothing to say yet so much to purchase and destroy.