Tenet

Tenet

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Armed with only one word and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real-time.

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MudgeTippy
Feb 18, 2021

A disappointing movie! Strange music in background. 2.5 stars out of five!

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morphalot_sjpl
Feb 17, 2021

This movie is amazing. I couldn't get enough of it. It's a good thing this movie comes with a "Making of" DVD as well so you get another hour of how the movie was made. It's about the reversal of time as a weapon. Give it a watch!

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Ken_Ryan
Feb 08, 2021

Incomprehensible - don't waste your time!
Even after being prepared by reading a couple of critics' reviews beforehand, we found this movie impossible to understand - and that was after activating the subtitles to be able to see what the actors were saying. Anyone who actually saw this film in a theatre would have no chance of figuring out what the heck was going on.
I'm a fan of science fiction but this movie was just a garbled mess. How director Christopher Nolan was able to get this project greenlit by the Hollywood money men is more of a mystery than the movie itself.
Save yourself two plus hours of viewing time and find something else to watch - you've been warned!

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StanKetchel
Feb 01, 2021

Terrible movie!

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jimg2000
Jan 31, 2021

Christopher Nolan has outdone himself in writing and directing this big budget international sci-fi spy movie. This script is not for casual audience looking for easy to follow entertainment but rather viewers willing to tackle mind bending premise of time manipulation, an order of magnitude more complex and thought provoking than his earlier cult favorites Memento (2000) and Inception (2010). The reward is to witness an action thriller with spectacular scenic backdrops. (Watch the last segment in special features, favs are: Neelam Shree Vardhan Tower, the 747 crash, Nysted Wind Farm/Denmark, and the Villa Cimbrone/Amalfi Coast.)

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humbleworm
Jan 19, 2021

I'm wouldn't say Tenet was as inspiring as Inception, but it was inspired. Without spoiling the plot, I will say that writing any story around this concept and filming it so that you don't give away the ending until the end is a highly creative challenge. Sure, the audience spends the first half of the movie trying to figure out what is going on, but you'll find that in Watchmen, The Umbrella Academy, WandaVision or any number of works these days. The second half of Tenet is a lot more interesting as the pieces fit together and, in a way, it's like watching a good magician's trick again even after you know how it's done.

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A_to_Z
Jan 16, 2021

Poetry does not have to be understood literally, phrase by phrase, to be successfully entertaining. It is enough, if it conveys a mood, feeling, or sense of mystery.

Tenet's effects makes it like that. For a gentler introduction to the fantasy of time travel, you might well start with the movie "Final Countdown."

There is no such thing as a real paradox, which is an incomplete understanding of a larger containing system. And no time travel paradox, because time travel backwards is not possible. E.g. per Stephen Hawking, as it would violate our fairly well-established conservation and entropy laws. However time travel as fantasy is fun.

Tenet is negatively impacted by having one writer director. There is a reason for division of labor, between those two. A writer alone can be self-indulgent, as the idea in his head is obvious to him, if not to others. And probably 10% of the dialog is unintelligible, even on repeated listenings with high quality audio equipment.

Still, all that perhaps adds no great additional harm to the mystery of the story, and to the overall impact of the effects. Unusual for me, I did not feel the temptation to fast forward at all. Cheers

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Mr_Bounds47
Jan 14, 2021

I really appreciate the attempt to be original in theory and overall,but this coming from Christopher Nolan is infinitely boring and sleep inducing.The first 10 to 15 minutes of this celluloid is also deeply offensive too.An extremely epic disaster of a celluloid,period.

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knighted
Jan 13, 2021

I am not going to lie . I did not watch this movie by choice. My partner was watching it .I gave it a quick glance when the sound was so loud that I thought neighbour was going to call the police.
My opinion ,this movie is a pathetic version of the good Memento . Early days of Nolan when even though it lacks “ characters development “ are quite entertaining and the concepts are cool . Plus high budget and good cast .
This one is guaranteed to make you deaf and leave you confused.

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JHend
Jan 08, 2021

Overall, this movie is just OK. There is a lot of action and some clever special
effects. It starts off like a James Bond type super spy movie and progresses to
a jumble of time bending sequences like in Edge of tomorrow and Inception.
You know what and why; but not who or when. It gets confusing as action is often
rolling both forward and backward simultaneously. I also found a lot of the background
sound track too loud and irritating. Trying to set a tense mood but overdoing it.

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jimg2000
Jan 31, 2021

44 quotes already posted in IMDb!!! Thanks to the contributors.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6723592/quotes/?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu

So here are a few notes/quotes from the Special Features:

Tenet is a Palindrome that reads the same backward or forward.
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Tenet is a classic spy story. I grew up loving spy movies, particularly the Bond films. But to make it sing to today's audiences, I felt like, for me to really engage with it, I wanted it to have bigger possibilities. I wanted to do it in a way that I was excited about. What we did with Inception for the heist genre is really what Tenet attempts to bring to the spy movie genre. The film deals with this concept of inversion, which is the idea that the entropy of an object or a person, indeed, could be reversed.
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It was very important to me that we travel the world with the film because it's about a threat to the entire world, the entire human race. We needed an international cast to continually remind you of that.

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jimg2000
Jan 31, 2021

More quotes from the Special Features:

Every law of physics is symmetrical. Every law of physics can run forward or backwards in time and be the same, other than entropy.
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Tenet was wanting to get back to a broader sense of filmmaking. Dunkirk was a large-scale film, but it was very specific to the one time and place. Without being too reactive to that, I wanted to go all around the world again.

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Eagle Mountain, a California Dessert Ghost Town finale:

We were out in the desert. It was hot, guys were in full gear, the complication there was having to run sequences both forwards and backwards. To try running out in the desert over rocks this big, not looking where you're running, and trying to make it look like you're running in the right direction. That was definitely a challenge. It's scary because the scale is so big on this movie that to reset four military helicopters and 600 extras. There's been a few shots where I've just... You just fall. I was like, "I'm so sorry."

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morphalot_sjpl
Feb 17, 2021

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