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Film Review: Tenet

Christopher Nolan’s latest feature takes smart action-spy films to a new level.

Enigmatic, dazzling and sharp to the core atop an exterior of Bond-like costuming and Christopher Nolan thrill, Tenet takes smart action-spy films and reverses the cards on a structure we as the audience have come to be comfortable with. Written and directed by Nolan, Tenet forms itself to the likes of previous work Inception (2010) in a mind-altering reconstruct of our view of time united with enthralling chase and attractive fight sequences that gives action a name among intelligent filmmaking.

John David Washington portrays the role of The Protagonist, a CIA agent recruited by a secretive organisation under the name of Tenet who, given no information about the cryptic Tenet, partners with British intelligence agent Neil (Robert Pattinson) to discover the happening of entropy-reversed bullets that fire backwards in time and various objects with the same arrangement that will be used for an aspiring World War III plot.

Further staring Australia’s Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh and Dimple Kapalua, Tenet’s enjoyable and brilliant cast capture the vivid writing. Nolan brings together the pieces of an albeit at-time’s-confusing puzzle to an inventive and visually captivating finish with the help of cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema and editing of Jennifer Lame. Tenet displays grand abilities of the entire crew in nothing less of a shining moment through-and-through for everyone with skilful camera work and post-production craftsmanship. Music by Ludwig Göransson generates a heart-racing atmosphere to accompany a duelling timeline playing off a twisted chronology and narrative with a simply-structured yet-affective score and original soundtrack.

A film for the adventure-seekers, action-admirers, and enthusiasts of complex mystery. Fine-tuned and well-conceived protagonists, a deceitful and scheming mastermind and numerous strong figures take a thrilling chase through time both past and present together suffer and thrive through extremes to find an answer to a question that is unknown.

Exploring fields of blockbuster cinema yet be discovered—taking multiple elements of genres, writing and production and spinning a web of watchability for all audience members to find something to appreciate, Tenet is a film to see twice. Not with the intent of fully grasping the convoluted composition, but, for the pure enjoyment of witnessing perhaps the best film of 2020 once more.

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Reviewed by Hannah Nicholson

INGENIOUS 4.5 stars

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