Grab yourself a coffee and settle down in a comfy seat to watch Tenet. This thriller action by director Christopher Nolan had all the right ingredients, special effects and actors. But it’s unique take on science-fiction falls flat.
The film revolves around time-travel, segment reversal and alternate realities. It all gets a bit confusing on the first watch through – so perhaps this is one that will mature and make more sense with another viewing. (Think Guy Pearce in Memento). As a result, Tenet lacks somewhat in editing and a cohesive story arc.
There’s a particularly disturbing scene where the baddie kicks his wife in the groin. I’m not sure why she just lies on the ground and takes it. The gratuitous violence of the men fighting each other just blurs into unmemorable scenes after a while.
Tenet is all about inversion rather than time travel, whatever that means. You may like (and need) to watch Tenet a couple of times to appreciate the intention.
Starring: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.
Running time: 150 mins