December 6, 2020 4:29:09 PM
It’s no surprise that Tenet has been referred to by many as Inception 2. It has many similarities to the sci-fi thriller from 2010 – elements of robbery, cast, zigzag plot, comprehensive central concept that controls the plot (beginning at the beginning and inversion in Tenet) etc. However, Inception had an emotional core that Tenet lacked to some extent. The figures are thin.
That doesn’t mean Tenet is a bad movie. I believe that Tenet is one of the best films I have seen so far this year. And if you can, please watch it on the largest possible screen. More than any film in recent memory, it offers a spectacle on a huge scale. It’s a perfectly thought-out and cleverly crafted thriller with stunning special effects and a stunning soundtrack. And yet, if you want to be emotionally involved in this story and its characters, you will be disappointed.
It’s hard to talk about Tenet without ruining a lot, but I’ll try.
The protagonist of John David Washington (as he is called) is a CIA agent who is part of a covert operation during a performance at the Kiev Opera in Ukraine. He is captured and swallows a cyanide pill, just to wake up very alive. The pill turned out to be a fake, and a CIA officer told him he had passed the test and was ready to become a member of the secret organization Tenet, which is trying to prevent the destruction of the world by shameful forces from the future.
Nolan, as we all know, likes to play with time in the cinema he produces. Whether it’s time travel in the Interstellar, as time slows down in dreams, the unusual narrative structure of Dunkirk; time as a concept is a recurring theme in his work.
In a way, Tenet also deals with time. These antagonistic forces, which are pulling the strings in the future, have learned how to “turn things around”. This in itself is not time travel, but rather their entropy running backwards, which will make them follow their steps.
Like many of his films, Nolan is reluctant to fully explain everything and will usually help you immerse yourself in this world of sci-fi espionage. It’s all suitably complicated, and yet one understands enough to find the story compelling. The story hangs the word Tenet in front of the Protagonist and us for a long time, until it begins to distribute information around the end of the first half.
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Sadly, the way Tenet explains things is clumsy, and Nolan’s preference for show dialogue is still not surprising. With a film full of great action sequences, the exposure scenes in Tenet will immediately take you out of the experience.
Speaking of action, it has to be said that Tenet is one of the best action movies in a long time. First, the action at Tenet releases authentic air that is missing from the CGI winds that most action movies are today. Since it’s Nolan’s film, CGI is scarce and almost everything you see on screen was shot as it is, and that involves blowing up a real Boeing 747 in a given scene. It may sound unnecessary, but it certainly looks great.
There are also unusual action things. In the scene, a man fights with an inverted opponent, whose movements are inverted. At the climax, two groups of soldiers attack the site, one moving normally forward and the other upside down, and has the advantage of knowing what will happen in the future. These scenes need to be believed.
So while Tenet isn’t perfect because of the big exposure and little or no story of the main characters, he does what he promises – bringing a captivating experience on the big screen with enchanting action effects. This in itself is a great argument why a theatrical experience must survive.
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