Tenet

review by Bobby Blakey

During this time of no theater experiences, director Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros have stood strong with their release date of his next film Tenet. The film stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh. Could this latest Nolan film be yet another masterpiece or will it get lost in time?

Tenet follows the Protagonist who journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world. Not time travel. Inversion.

Anytime you deal with time travel or in this case inversion, in any way there is a high chance of things either getting too convoluted, confusing, missing elements or all of the above. Thankfully Nolan is a genius storyteller and has once again crafted an intriguing story that keeps bringing more questions before finally revealing it all. I loved that the trailers to this film told you nothing, everything and kept the intrigue all at once. Right out the gate this film dives right in bringing the action and questions to let you know that you are in for a wild ride.

Nolan has a brilliant way of crafting stories and bringing some great twists and here is no different. Some of it I figured out early on, but not all exactly to how it played out. It’s the kind of movie that you really can’t say much about it without spoiling anything, but then it might not make much sense without seeing it anyway. The cast are great with Washington carrying the film and once again bringing his “A” game. He already showcased his quality as an actor in BlackKklansman and here further cements that skill. He has become one of my 

favorite actors and really far beyond his days on the football field both in the real world an in Ballers. Pattinson continues to shine in every project lately and this one is no different. He is so good here and both he and Washington have great chemistry together.

The story here is simple and complex that requires you to really pay attention or you might get lost in the mix. This doesn’t make it hard to follow, but one that makes you think and pay attention. Thankfully it’s engaging enough to keep you fully invested from beginning to end and keeps you wanting more. At two and half hours it does lag a bit in sections but never so much that it hurts the bigger story. Visually this film is yet another masterpiece. There are so many really cool effects, camera angles and fun, smart ways it is shot to further the story it kept it feeling fresh and new.

I really loved this film and think it does need to be seen on the biggest loudest screen possible. In addition to the film this release features bonus content including a featurette on how they brought this cool film to life. Uncover the truth when Tenet hits Digital, 4K Ultra, Blu-ray and DVD on December 15th from Warner Bros Home Entertainment.  

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