Tenet

Tenet ★★★½

I love it. Nolan is thankfully once again playing to his strengths here; indulging in bodies in action, cause-and-effect and overlapping narrative, favoring a thrilling and convoluted espionage plot and gorgeous analog craft over actual character writing (of course the bits here - thankfully of which there’s not too much - where he even attempts at it are TENET’s biggest faults, again revealing not only his tone-deaf approach to trauma and abuse but also his inability to make his audience actually feel any empathy). It’s his favoring of technical complications and scene-by-scene immediacy over complexity and depth that saves this, allowing it to function first and foremost as a men-on-a-mission spy movie, and for the most part leaving shit like subtext, character motivation and identity out of it.

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