Blint’s review published on Letterboxd:
Tenet is the latest film from Christopher Nolan, my favourite director of all time and it starrs John David Washington and Robert Pattinson.
Tenet was my most anticipated movie of 2020 and I was finally able to see it a few hours ago after the countless delays. The trailers were intriguing and it had a premise of a very unique movie but unfortunately it was a huge disappointment for me.
Let me start with the positives. The action is breathtaking. There are some truly unique scenes through hand to hand combats to car chase scenes. As every Nolan film this movie has an incredible cast too. John David Washington and Robert Pattinson as the leads were pretty good but nothing incredible (I will get back to this). The rest of the cast was also good but they were barely in the movie. The soundtrack is also big positive. I was concerned because Hans Zimmer didn't compose the movie's score but as soon as I heard the first beat I thought that Ludwig Göransson was a percfect choice. But as I said earlier the actors did nothing remarkable and it is because their characters were paper thin. There was no emotional connection to any of them. All of the characters felt like robots. The other negative side of the movie is the story but I have to say that it might be a drawback only for me because I did not understand it fully. Also the movie is awfully paced. The first hour is basically exposition after exposition but unlike Inception it is very boring because nothing else happens while the characters are talking, they are just walking in the street and trying to get me to understand the rules of time inversion.
I think Tenet will split the audience. One will think that it is a masterpiece and others will think that it is a movie which tries to be smart but it is not. I am in the middle. Tenet has some incredible action scenes but the story was very confusing for me, the characters were very bland and generic and I didn't care for them at all. As a huge Christopher Nolan fan this movie was a big disappointment for me.