John David Washington stars in Tenet.

John David Washington stars in Tenet.

Tenet

John David Washington stars in Tenet.
John David Washington stars in Tenet.

A new, original sci-fi action spectacle.

John David Washington is “The Protagonist,” a CIA spy who, having proved his worth and loyalty to the organization, is inducted into a faceless underground organization named Tenet. Armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, The Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.

Not time travel. Inversion. In a scene where she explains that the bullets work off “technology that can reverse an object’s entropy,” Clemence Poésy’s scientist Laura explains to The Protagonist, “Don’t try to understand it.” Director Christopher Nolan seems to be saying the same, encouraging the audience to trust the film and just go with it.

Within the first hour, we’re witness to explosions, high-speed car chases, and bungee jumping, as the cast travels to Italy, India, Estonia, Norway, the UK, and the US. Inspired by the classic James Bond series, Tenet is a different kind of spy film. It gives us a fresh take on the spy genre, and a fresh, new lead.

Washington is suave and magnetic, impressive in slick outfits and armed with a confidence that is compelling. He’s the Black James Bond of a shadowy world, barely wrinkling his three-piece suit as he takes out bullet-headed Russian mercenaries with whatever kitchen implements are at hand. He’s not the guy they send to negotiate, but he is the guy they send to get things done.

The cast of Tenet also includes Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh.

Is it safe to go back to the movies? That depends on where you are. Like all film fans, you might want to support cinema, and the movie industry has a lot riding on Tenet as the only remaining summer blockbuster. However, you can also wait for Tenet to stream on TV.

 

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