Tenet

Tenet ★★★★

I don’t even want to BEGIN to think about the planning that went into shooting some of these scenes. Practical, palindromic, extended action sequences filmed both forward and backward from different perspectives with some actors moving or fighting forward and some actors moving or fighting backwards with footage being played frontwards and backwards depending on the characterized perception within the scene. Expand that out from a scene-by-scene nature into the general narrative, and you’ve got a perplexing ride that is somehow both extremely messy and precise. As with every Nolan film, it’s almost 90% exposition. This time around, though, he’s obscured a good portion of the exposition through a muffled, disorienting sound mix. “Don’t try to understand it. Feel it.” Ultimately, it puts you exactly where Nolan wants you — feeling stupid. It begs to be seen multiple times.

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