• Eric Sigmon

'Tenet' Movie Review

In a world of cinema, where every movie is either part of a franchise, a remake, reboot, based on a book, etc. It is a huge breath of fresh air when we get not only an original movie, but a big-budget original movie... in theaters, that just so happens to be quite outstanding. Tenet is a very complex movie. It may very well confuse a lot who will see it. Initially, that is. I do believe this approach is by design from writer/director Christopher Nolan. By the time the credits roll, everything that happened beforehand comes together quite clearly. Even if you weren't quite sure about something as it was happening. This is the genius that is Nolan. Puzzles are supposed to make you puzzled. Nolan’s puzzle of choice is time. Don't get me wrong, there are a few things that could have been tightened up a bit, narrative-wise. But they are very minuscule.

The action set-pieces are quite remarkable. It’s a well-known fact that Nolan used no green screen effects for this movie, all of the action sequences are practical. Any effects used were mostly for removing things(wires, etc) and not adding CGI. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but trust me, your subconscious mind knows when something isn’t quite right when it comes to wonky CG stuff. No need to worry about that here.

As for a few of the performances, I want to start with Kenneth Branagh. I’m throwing his name in the hat for a supporting actor Oscar nod. He is superb. Bringing a genuine sense of danger every time he’s onscreen. As for John David Washinton. He is not only the lead role, but he is a star. His commanding presence and undeniable acting talent are on full display here. His father should be proud. Robert Pattinson has propably the most intruging charecter in the movie, and cointinues to prove he is one of his generation best actors.

Tenet will not please everyone. Many of us watch movies because we want to turn our brains off, and that’s alright. But this movie does require us to be attentive. I’ve seen the movie twice and loved it, even more, the 2nd time around. I highly recommend Tenet. This is a great movie to return back to theaters to see(it was great to be back in a theater), with safety precautions of course. Especially in a premium cinema. There's a line in the trailer that I think describes the perfect approach to take when going to see this movie: "Don't try to understand it. Feel it". Indeed.

Our Rating: ★★★★ Out of ★★★★★