𝐏𝐚𝐨𝐥𝐨 𝐌𝐚𝐜𝐆𝐮𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐧’s review published on Letterboxd:
As I have already written about Inception, Christopher Nolan has always managed - within a purely mainstream cinema - to introduce refined and complex reflections, very cleverly combining entertainment and intelligence. The English director is a well-rounded movie man with extreme stylistic recognition and great thematic coherence, to which the conventional structure of genre cinema bends from time to time. From film noir to thriller, from cinecomic to science fiction, passing through the war movie, Nolan has always used a precise filmic imaginary to actually reason on some recurring, extremely personal motifs, which are in fact authentic cornerstones of his poetics. Among these, the concept of time, with particular reference to the idea of distorting the temporal consequentiality of the story, is an obsession that has accompanied him since Following.
Tenet is a spy movie that tells of a CIA agent dealing with a technology capable of reversing the entropy of things and thus making them go back over time. Around this idea, the director creates a film which, despite not being up to the most successful works, knows how to entertain with effectiveness. In Tenet you feel the lack of in-depth work on the characters, who end up being too sacrificed compared to an action with a frenzied pace, and an excessively frenetic editing. What remains however is a spectacular and visionary puzzle, difficult to decipher on the first try, which stages the incessant struggle of man against time. The latter is an enemy that disorients and stuns because it can be crossed both back and forth indifferently, without a certain beginning and end, in which cause and effect, perception and memory are intertwined and confused. Time is an overwhelming force to fight, but it's not really that important to fully understand after all. In fact, as it is said at a certain point in the film: «Don't try to understand it. Feel it».