Nolan is back at it again with his latest blockbuster ‘Tenet’, a fast paced journey through time.
Christopher Nolan is well known for his complex films, ‘Inception’ being one that notably confused and astounded audiences. His latest ‘Tenet’ is much the same, except this time the story is ten times bigger.
Think of this movie as a story that comes full circle, the ending is the beginning and the beginning is the end. While this concept (akin to ‘Inception’ except instead of dreams, the action dips in and out of time) would seem difficult to play out on screen, Nolan manages to create a linear story within a complex and fluid concept. It is not something easily done, but when done correctly it is truly a cinematic feat.
‘Tenet’ is for the most part a serious thriller but there are several small aspects that stand to bring the tone down. The dialogue is clunky and almost goofy at times – although one supposes there is not really a serious way to explain the premise of the plot. The protagonist (never actually named) played by John David Washington gives a great performance but does not come across as serious or even credible for the first act.
The rest of the cast however deserve their due: the likes of Elizabeth Debecki and even Clèmence Posèy in her brief scene gave stellar performances, often stealing the spotlight. Robert Pattinson proves his mettle as a mysterious and elusive secret agent, promising great things to come for his upcoming Batman film: if you ever had any doubt about Pattinson in a thriller, look no further.
‘Tenet’ certainly has its flaws, notably in the lack of real emotion from anyone but Debecki’s controlled trophy wife and the overly ambitious (if not slightly ridiculous) physics terms roughly hashed out but never really addressed adequately. However, the cinematography of the reversed fist fights, inverted bullets and insane car chases are to be applauded. There is a notable difference in the look of the film against the usual Nolan style that is attributed to a new cinematographer, Hoyte van Hoytema. But different does not necessarily mean bad.
This is a film that does not disappoint. A great story, great cast and a great score, everything else can be forgiven and enjoyed regardless. ‘Tenet’ was truly needed to help move forward from the current pandemic crisis, if only for a moment or two.
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