Tenet ★★★★½

Another of Nolan’s expertly executed puzzle narratives, this time centered on the horror of an abstract, ever-repeating present. The confusion that one routinely feels about motivations, machinations, and locations in the spy movie genre is productively harnessed and intensified, especially in terms of the muffled dialogue and the spatially nebulous cinematography. The overriding feeling while watching the film, even as characters are dumping exposition, is that you won’t understand what’s happening in this moment but that one day, in some unimaginable future, you might. It’s all that we can do to struggle to turn our lived confusion into history.

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