HipsterZOMBIEJoint Movie Review: Tenet

Temporal displacement. Time travel. Catch the bullet.


Yes, in director Christopher Nolan’s new espionage/science fiction thriller there is a lot to take in and even more temporal jargon you will probably ever hear in one movie.

The film is a co-production between the United Kingdom and United States, it stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh. The plot follows a secret agent (Washington) as he manipulates the flow of time to prevent World War III.

Now the plot sounds simple enough. But it’s not, because if there is one thing we know about time travel it’s that it’s highly confusing with so many moving cogs in alternate versions of the same machine with people and things coming from the future to the past to stop something from happening in the future that can only be stopped in the past but you have to make sure that you don’t change the impact of how things are meant to be.

Did I lose you yet?

Good, I mean who cares, we are all really hear to see the big booms and things operate in reverse and look cool. And despite a very convoluted plot, Nolan and his team deliver on a fantastic and unique representation of time travel. The idea of inversion makes perfect sense and after watching it has me thinking “why did no one else think of this already?” My simple conclusion? Nolan is just smarter than the rest of us dumb dumbs.

The way things move backward for inversion time travelers is perfectly represented especially in the climax of the film when we see two operations, one in the future and one in the past all happening at once. How Nolan was able to pull this off is beyond me.

As for the cast they do a fantastic job. Robert Pattinson is really coming into his own as a dramatic actor, Kenneth Branagh plays a unique villain even if he does at times chew up his scenes. However the big surprise of the film is the main actor, John David Washington, who I have never seen up to this point but was highly impressed by.

In conclusion, Tenet might not be Nolan’s best work, but I would say it’s his most unique. Like Inception, this film will have people going back and dissecting it frame by frame for years to come and discovering new things along the way.

The HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience recommends you check out Tenet and if you get the chance, watch it on the big screen!

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