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John David Washington in Tenet (IMDB)

With its time-travelling spies and the looming threat of World War III, Tenet satisfies the genre requirements of a science fiction, espionage thriller in an outstanding way. Source: ACOFB.

The film, directed by Christopher Nolan, explores the premise that the future is best controlled by manipulating both the present and the past. The cinematography for the film took place in seven different countries, including Australia. It is the first major action-spectacle film to be released after the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

Tenet is the name of an international spy-organisation that aims prevent the occurrence of World War III.

In the film, John David Washington is the Protagonist (called by that name), and Robert Pattinson joins him as Agent Neil, a mysterious operative, who also wants to ward off the occurrence of World War III. Elizabeth Debicki, an Australian actress, impressively plays the estranged wife of the movie’s chief villain, who wants her to return to him.

The movie deals thematically with time-control, which is the path to survival. The film has a very unusual take on espionage activity, and viewers are exposed through the movie to time-travelling spies, who engage in time-warping and time-inversion. The main antagonist, and chief villain in the film, is an inhumane Russian oligarch (Kenneth Branagh), who “sells the future” by “inverting”, or changing time. Tenet engages in time-inversion; human survival lies in the hands of whoever controls Tenet – and the threat of nuclear annihilation pervades everything.

Tenet has a stellar cast and, under Nolan’s creative eye, viewers are kept guessing and puzzling in fine science-fiction style.

Reviewed by Peter Sheehan, ACOFB

Tenet: Starring John David Washington, Kenneth Branagh, Robert Pattinson, and Elizabeth Debicki. Also, Michael Caine. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Rated M (Science fiction themes, violence and coarse language). 150 min. In cinemas August 26.


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