Tenet (2020)

Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan
Starring: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kenneth Branagh, and more.

The Intro:
It is here folks! Christopher Nolan’s next big epic, the mind-bender called “Tenet.” This film here fell victim to Covid-19, as did all of us and the entire entertainment world. We were scheduled to watch “Tenet” months ago, but at long last, here we are with it at our fingertips. I got the chance to feast my eyes on it and SHEEEESHHH… What a flick…

IMDB Summary:
“Armed with 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.”

The Oberrating:
Once again…. SHEEESH… What a film. Christopher Nolan continues to push the pace and manic madness with every film. Right when I think his film is wild and complex yet still a piece of cinema achievement, he goes another layer deep and out does his previous work. “Tenet” is a mind bender. It is a frantic and twisting spy flick that punches you in the face from the very get go. For real, this movie begins with a bang, and for me, it sprints off at 100 mph for the whole two hours and 30 minutes. This movie is a damn TREAT.

Nolan’s casts are always quite epic in my eyes. “Tenet” is no exception. Everyone involved in this film is so effective and made an impression on my memory. Even if I do not put a focus on someone in this post, it does not mean they are not important. I truly was enamored with everyone.
John David Washington: My lord, man. I was already on the JDW hype train, but I am loading in the f*ckin coal to the engine now. JDW makes his impact HARD here, and I could not imagine anyone else in this role. He is so smooth, charismatic, intimidating, suave, convincing, and so much more. I am simply over the moon for JDW.
Robert Pattinson: C’mon now, if ya’ll even know me, you know I was going to have a focused Pattinson section. He kills it, simply kills it. In my opinion, Pattinson’s character Neil is just as complex as JDW’s character is. By film’s end, I was scrunching my brow hard (but in a positive way) of who exactly Neil is. Now, aside from his character, Pattinson performs with his typical excellency. He adds a touch of comedy to the film at moments but also is a wild card. “Tenet” just further bolsters his filmography with another diamond.
Miss Elizabeth Debicki: I have adored Debicki since “The Great Gatsby.” She radiates elegance and always has this sharp determined look in her eyes. In “Tenet,” Debicki’s influence is felt heavily, and as usual, I was invested in every scene she was in, hanging on every word.

Now for the famous topic: the Christopher Nolan story line. As I typically feel about a Nolan story, the pieces are not all there after one watch. However, I feel like I have enough of a handle on what happened and the why’s, yet I bet at the same time, I am not even touching the surface. This kind of result will typically anger a viewer and have them write off a movie as bad or leave them not liking it. But is that a fair decision? I do not think so, but to each their own. Back on topic: the timeline, for me, is hard to follow, but I blame it on the basic fact that I suck at following these timeline theories and paradoxes. However, I will say this: if you think the Terminator timeline is confusing at all, “Tenet” will f*ck your s*it up!

The Wrap-Up:
It is another Nolan gem for us, folks. Chock full of incredible performances and a story that twists you up and rings you out by the end of the flick. If you are familiar at all with Nolan and have enjoyed his films, it is almost guaranteed you will love this as I did. If you get lost in complex films that do not provide clear explanations to what happens, well, avoid this. And if you do, well, that makes me sad.

Other Takeaways:

  • I want to see this movie about 3 more times in theaters.
  • I NEED an action movie with John David Washington in the lead role. There is one action sequence in here that blew me away, and I loved it.
  • There were some lines of dialogue in here that I really recognized Denzel’s voice in JDW. Which was pretty cool.
  • Speaking of, I also NEED a film with Denzel and John together. Maybe a crime thriller of some sort.
  • The score is perfect for the vibe of this madness film.
  • I’ve watched so many movies with subtitles over the past 4 months that going to a movie theater wasn’t familiar to me anymore without them. Also, the accents and IMAX booms made it difficult to understand some lines of dialogue.

Rating: 4.5/5


Editor: Erica McNatt

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