lyra’s review published on Letterboxd:
alpha and omega, the omni-temporal nature of God. i understand the impulse to accept the movie on its own terms, but i find that there is nothing interesting to think (or feel!) about causality. perhaps linearity truly is as circular as all that, but if death is not only personally definite but fundamentally eschatological, i'm not sure i can abide tenet's algorithmic take on life as solely and merely a collection of mechanistic physical relations. instead tenet forms the trinity, the son who sacrifices himself for a hegemonic father—an operations officer for the cia. in transnational renditions of masculinity, post-cold war anxieties are externalized into the objects of abusive hyper-capitalists operating in vacuity of post-socialist identity (vietnam and russia alike). their progeny a signifier of memorial regret in a future past that displaces feminine discourse on artistic/militarist naturalizations (that are obviously analogous) through adherence to perspective ellipsis of individualist spatio-temporal presence. not at all complicated to follow, just shit at communication.
edit: this review has been significantly edited from its previous incarnation, which was one that i thoroughly disliked. [2021.06.20]