Tenet ★★

I feel pretty confident in saying Tenet is Christopher Nolan’s greatest folly yet as a narrative storyteller; there’s not a well-written character to be found anywhere in this po-faced, 150-minute loop-de-loop, just a progression of exposition dumps and drab, doubled-back action sequences. Nolan feels more often than not like he’s hiding behind the concept, and his lack of imagination beyond inversion hurts the film greatly; by the time it hits the climax, a temporal-pincer assault on an an abandoned Soviet city, you wish a less “clever” and more genuinely thoughtful filmmaker was playing with this device.

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