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As per the reviews on Netflix...most people can’t figure out this movie. It definitely REQUIRES your concentration. By the time Tenent sees himself in both time frames @ the heist if you haven’t figured it out then it will be incomprehensible. 4 stars only for the poor audio.
DID YOU LIKE INCEPTI- "THEN YOU'VE ALREADY SEEN THIS!"...
Hard to shout over your own text, but deserved here; a blatant "re-telling" with a mechanics twist and cast that may have done something else (obviously Brannagh and Pattinson have credits).
Bay-esque is the best I can say about it; particularly the driving stunts, if indeed stunt and not CGI work. Nolan needs a new angle and hopefully this breaks all character ties so everyone involved can move on; MAYBE Pattinson took the role to pick Nolan's brain about his upcoming Batman effort, But a laboured story poured into TWO HOURS AND A HALF, with a dual layer break?
INSTEAD, check out THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT (1 or 2, your choice), SOURCE CODE, with Gyllenhaal, DEJA VU, with Washington and Patton, for the central gear works, and for the "Whodunit" angle, go back to THE USUAL SUSPECTS.
Agreed this is impossible to follow almost incoherent. I did wonder why the villain in the story kept taking his pulse rate like an obsession? Perhaps time travel is bad for the heart? or perhaps maybe the result of some medication he was given?
Don't waste your time. The story is impossible to follow unless you wrote the script. Too many twists without logic. Action scenes were just ok. Totally unbelievable story.
I have to say, I didn't get it! It looks great and the idea is pretty cool, but I'm not sure how well they pulled it off! Still, it would have been a fun movie to watch in the theater!
This was a good concept and cast that fell flat. I even asked my dog if she was following this convoluted movie (she yawned). So disappointing.
Run fer yer lives! Save yerselves! Avoid this nonsense at all costs. I defy anyone to follow what is going on in this movie. I have read explanations of the story published on line and even the people trying to explain it fall short of understanding it. The story involves and relies upon "god from the machine" in the form of time travel to solve every dilemma presented. But most of the time one has no idea that what saves the day or what causes the problem has to do with time manipulation. You will have to read an explanation of the story prior to watching the movie to even guess that things occurred because of time manipulation. The future is the past. The past is the future. Now is the past. Now is the future. Now is now. However, all of this depends on certain circumstances which might apply at any given moment with only given circumstances at the time. TIME? What is that? Watching this thing is an utter waste of time.
I love sci-fi. I also am very interested in physics. I found this movie a huge disappointment on every level.
Tenet, directed by Christopher Nolan, should've been a more compelling film, but it has enough going in its favour to make it a solid thriller. Like many of Nolan's films, the plotting is superb, and Nolan's audacity to try something new reflects easily. While it sounds great on paper, the execution is less so. Nolan never deepens the narrative and the concepts it tackles, so we never get to deepen our understanding. Tenet lacked breathing space; the experience was as if it was in a hurry to finish. Nolan's thrillers tend to explain his research as expository dialogue, and while those have been helpful in other films, they're often inaudible here due to the jarringly loud sound mixing. Many characters are underwritten, especially the cartoonish Russian antagonist. However, Tenet fulfils its purpose by being thrilling because it is a thriller at the end. There were some interesting touches that were great to watch, especially a brilliantly choreographed action set-piece set around a plane. These touches were fun, especially because of how stunningly they were shot and how Goransson's exhilarating score livened it. Tenet has some notable ones mainly from the foreign cast. Overall, while Tenet has many strengths and is certainly worth watching, one gets a feeling that it could've been more. 3/5 stars
@SSGDP of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
This is pure 'entertainment' only as the plot and some of the dialogue is weird, stilted and crazy.
The plot and (time being fluid), idea is partially pulled from Inception, Nolans earlier take on this type of Sci Fi bending time idea.
There was so much going on, it was hard to follow and a lot of it didn't make any sense at all. We just went for the James Bond type action but I wouldn't watch it a 2nd time. It was far 'too out there' for me and too complex and complicated to follow easily.
Leave it to Christopher Nolan to make a convoluted, head-spinning movie about his favorite plot formula: time. In this Sci-fi thriller, the hero (for ambiguity, only known as “the protagonist” - played by John David Washington) takes a suicide pill after a botched terrorist prevention, only to be revived and given a mission to secure the source of “weapons” that implement “inverted time” by an organization called “Tenet”. Kip Thorne (science advisor to “Interstellar” and “Gravity”) utilizes a claim made by Richard Feynman that quantum particles tested through multiple paths that seem to travel through all routes simultaneously, instead go through each path, then go back in time and take the next and so on. This is “macroscopically” manifested in a device (known as “the algorithm”) and stored in nuclear sites which were mined by a Andrei Sator. He first must confront the world’s major arms dealer, Liam, and gets an in to Sator via his wife, Kat (played by Elizabeth Debecki). To help him acquire this device, he is assisted by Neil (Robert Pattinson) who seems to know more than anybody about all this. He ends up managing to collect the last of the device only to give it to Sator (to save Kat). Sator is fatally ill and wants to destroy the planet by triggering “the algorithm” so the protagonist and Tenet all go back in time to the place where Sator wants to do this and acquire the algorithm before Sator sets it off. This sounds better than the actual story which is ridiculously convoluted. There’s lots of action scenes and soldiers running around wearing oxygenated suits and shooting assault weapons. The finale is a surrealistic scene where soldiers both regular and “inverted” are fighting to gain access to the underground bunker housing the algorithm. You’d have to watch this multiple times to try to follow it, but why? Its just a plot gimmick to make the film seem “edgy” when it really only makes it confusing.
a new take on sci fy, but if you don't pay attention you won't catch the twists. thoroughly enjoyable for those who relish alternate complex theories of science and physics.
A disappointing movie! Strange music in background. 2.5 stars out of five!
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
To loud. To confusing. It didn't hold my interest. Maybe it got better or there was more clarity and less explosions later but I couldn't hang in there.