Tenet (2020) – Movie Review

Tenet is a sci-fi action-thriller film written and directed by very talented Christopher Nolan, who also produced it with Emma Thomas. It is one of the highly anticipated films of the year; Of course, because it is the Nolan film. Tenet is Nolan’s most expensive original project. This year, the release of the film was delayed three times because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, it has released in India on December 4, 2020.

The film follows a secret agent (John David Washington), who journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real-time. Talking anymore about the film may give away its plot. Because I think one should know only this much before watching it, even the trailer suggests nothing more than this.

This is the first film I watched in a movie theater after all the COVID-19 pandemic situation. The storytelling of the Nolan films is never straight and linear, & there are always some mind-blowing aspects to it. And, this film is also no exception for it. In the times of sequels, prequels, and superhero franchise films, Nolan always tries to come up with something fresh and out of the world. At a high level, the film is a spy thriller (similar to Daniel Craig’s James Bond films) but with some Nolan touch to it. As a writer and director, Nolan has done a fantastic job in building this unbelievable and complex world and making it accessible to the audience. The film is visually spectacular and miraculously creative. Some scenes will definitely make you think about how did they do it. Nolan chose Ludwig Goransson as the composer as Nolan’s frequent collaborator Hans Zimmer had committed himself to the 2021 film Dune. And, Goransson’s score has given a phenomenal feel to the film.

Along with John David Washington, the film also casts Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Kaine, and Kenneth Branagh in the lead roles. And, everyone has excelled in their roles. One thing I felt that unlike Nolan’s Inception (2010), the film is more plot-heavy, and less character-centric. And, I must say, the film is fairly complex as compare to any other Nolan films. In the first half of the film, it is difficult to keep track of all the things. The film doesn’t let you take your eyes off the screen, because if you do, you might miss some important details. In some places, the film tries to simplify the technical aspects of it. And, also keeps most of the things under its sleeves till the climax of the film.

Verdict : the film as a whole is enjoyable and will give you a “never have had before” kind of experience.

Rating : 4.1/5

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