Tenet (2020) - Review
Updated: Nov 20
When it comes to original Hollywood film making, it doesn’t get much bigger than Christopher Nolan. He is one of a very few working directors who can reliably attract a sizable audience to an original film. So, it comes as no surprise that Warner Bros. has chosen Nolan’s latest feature film as the first big-budget Hollywood blockbuster to be released in theaters instead of VOD. Warner Bros. is hoping that Tenet will kick-start the film industry and revive multiplexes from the shutdown due to the pandemic.
With that being said, Tenet is another brainy blockbuster from Christopher Nolan, and like his other films, it will require multiple viewings to fully appreciate it.
What is Tenet actually about?
I have only seen the movie once, so please forgive me if I have missed something.
Tenent is a time-bending spy movie about an unnamed CIA operative, known as The Protagonist, who is recruited by a mysterious organization called Tenet to prevent the end of the world. The mission: prevent Andrei Sator, a renegade Russian oligarch who has been given the locations of nine parts of a doomsday device known as an Algorithm from an unknown agency from the future. Sator plans to set off this Algorithm, which has the power to destroy the space-time continuum as we know it.
For the most part, Tenet is an entertaining movie that merits a visit to your local theater. The film has beautiful locations and some jaw-dropping action sequences.
I have two issues with Nolan's latest feature film. First, Nolan doesn’t give us any reason to care about these characters ,so any urgency about the end the world kind of falls flat. The second issue that I have with Tenet, is how bad the sound mix is. The film has sharp visuals and an incredible score, but the sound mix makes it all but impossible to make out what the characters are saying, which made it frustrating at times .
In the end, this is still a pretty solid film from Nolan and it does deserves for the visuals alone to be seen -safely at your local Imax theater.