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Tenet (Subtitled) (12A)

Cast: Sir Kenneth Branagh, John David Washington, Sir Michael Caine, Elizabeth Debicki, Robert Pattinson
Genre: SciFi
Author(s): Christopher Nolan
Director: Christopher Nolan
Release Date: 26/08/2020
Running Time: 150mins
Country: US
Year: 2020

An American operative known as the Protagonist accepts a new assignment with cryptic instructions to perform a secret hand gesture (interlaced fingers) in conjunction with a palindromic code word: Tenet. A Mobius strip of evidence leads the Protagonist and mission partner Neil down the rabbit hole of bullying Russian billionaire Andrei Sator and his wife Kat.


 

LondonNet Film Review
Tenet (12A)

Time is a fluid construct in Tenet, trickling backwards and forwards and occasionally eddying into rippling pools of possible pasts, presents and futures. Actions can be subtly recalibrated with foresight of the consequences and two iterations of a person might glide along a single timeline with meticulous, split-second planning to avoid catastrophic direct contact. Writer-director Christopher Nolan’s espionage thriller is a rush of blood to the head that demands to be unscrambled on a big screen…

Shot on 65mm and large-format Imax cameras, Tenet is neither a sequel nor prequel to the 2010 dreamscape Inception but a standalone, intricately assembled puzzle box inlaid with outlandish action set-pieces and eye-popping special effects. To visualise pivotal moments when time flows simultaneously in opposite directions, Nolan repeatedly performs a simple sleight of hand: reversing chronology to seemingly pull a rabbit out of a hat, which he placed in plain sight earlier in the story. Sometimes, magicians show you how the trick is done, or fool you into believing that’s what you’re seeing.

Discordant rumbles in the score of Swedish composer Ludwig Goransson, an Academy Award winner for Black Panther, replicate the sweep of Nolan’s frequent collaborator, Hans Zimmer, who was otherwise engaged on the sci-fi opus Dune. While music quickens the pace, ponderous dialogue about cause and effect, entropy and the grandfather paradox accounts for unnecessary bloating to the running time. Curiously, the stakes don’t feel perilously high given one character’s pithy summation of the situation: “As I understand it, we’re trying to prevent World War III.”

Opening salvos are exchanged when an American operative known as the Protagonist (John David Washington) accepts a new assignment with cryptic instructions to perform a secret hand gesture (interlaced fingers) in conjunction with a palindromic code word: Tenet. “It’ll open the right doors. Some of the wrong ones too,” teasingly explains his handler (Martin Donovan). A Mobius strip of evidence leads the Protagonist and mission partner Neil (Robert Pattinson) down the rabbit hole of bullying Russian billionaire Andrei Sator (Sir Kenneth Branagh) and his wife (Elizabeth Debicki).

Tenet bears Nolan’s fingerprints with its ambitious blend of high-concept storytelling and in-camera stunt work including a daring heist on a busy six-lane motorway that necessitates multiple vehicles screeching forwards and in reverse at dizzying speed. The technical virtuosity required to realise his elaborate vision with minimum digital effects boggles the mind more than the symmetrical plotting or interplay between characters.

By design, they are stripped of back stories including Washington’s enigmatic hero. Only Debicki’s emotionally brittle spouse resonates on a satisfying emotional level, although she suffers grievously like many of Nolan’s female characters. The writer-director’s on-screen talisman, Sir Michael Caine, savours a throwaway role as an aristocrat with a trembling finger on the pulse of impending doom. For all the smoke and mirrors, it’s possible to remain one step ahead of Nolan’s script, anticipating junctures when characters will glance off each other without fully understanding the implications until much later. Or much earlier. No, both. Pass the paracetamol and popcorn.

– Dominick Cobb


London Cinemas Showing Tenet (Subtitled)


From: Friday 25th September
To: Thursday 1st October

Curzon Soho

Tue 17:30; Wed 11:30

UK and Irish Cinemas Showing Tenet (Subtitled)


From: Friday 18th September
To: Thursday 24th September

Derby QUAD

Sun 14:30; Tue 19:00

Odeon Andover

Sun 20:30

Odeon Banbury

Wed 20:00

Odeon Belfast

Tue 16:00

Odeon Cardiff

Wed 19:30

Odeon Coolock

Tue 19:30

Odeon Crewe

Wed 20:00

Odeon Epsom

Tue 15:30

Odeon Lincoln

Wed 15:30

Odeon Luxe Hull

Fri 16:45; Sun 18:30

Odeon Luxe Warrington

Fri 14:40; Thu 20:30

Odeon Naas

Tue 15:00

Odeon Preston

Mon 19:30

Odeon Swansea

Thu 16:45

Odeon Taunton

Mon 16:45

Odeon Tunbridge Wells

Sun 20:30; Mon 16:15

Radway Cinema

Tue 19:00

Scott Cinemas

Tue 15:45

Showcase Cinema De Lux Derby

Sun 11:30; Mon 18:30

Watermans

Tue 16:00

From: Friday 25th September
To: Thursday 1st October

Odeon Andover

Thu 19:00

Odeon Banbury

Wed 18:00

Odeon Bath

Tue 16:30

Odeon Bracknell

Fri 16:15; Wed 20:00

Odeon Cavan

Fri 19:15

Odeon Coventry

Sun/Wed/Thu 20:30

Odeon Epsom

Sun 19:30; Tue 15:45

Odeon Luxe Hull

Tue 18:30; Wed 15:30

Odeon Luxe Leicester

Sun 14:30; Mon 18:30; Thu 19:15

Odeon Newark

Thu 19:30

Odeon Southampton

Sun 12:45; Wed 19:15

Odeon Taunton

Thu 18:30

Radway Cinema

Tue/Wed 19:00