Tenet

Tenet ★★★½

Such a complex universe construction which makes the film all too inaccessible especially in the first half simply because the pacing is almost too fast for the spectator to understand everything going on at first watch, which i guess is an intelligent way to get us to watch the film twice. The film is constructed like a puzzle, which is definitely the director’s strong suit as he pushes the watcher to ask the right questions throughout the film, the inaccessibility though, makes for the polarity of it’s feedback but it wouldn’t be fair not to point out the genius behind the execution. The way the concept of non-linear time ties into the cinematography, it has yet to be done before, except maybe in Villeneuve’s Arrival, but even then it isn’t as obvious as in Tenet, this film is stunning, visually. Although Nolan has represented time in unconventional ways in his past films, Tenet is the first to explore the concept of “inversion”, which is represented in every aspect of the film, not only in the storyline and cinematography, but the score by the great Ludwig Goransson equally shares the quality. John David Washington’s performance was great and so was Robert Pattinson, but more importantly what a chemistry between these two!! I must say the dialogue in this film is quite incomprehensible, it’s very fast and the sound and music of the film is always masking the talking which makes it all too hard for the watcher to understand the big themes that are being explained half of the time through dialogue, i’m not sure if that’s done on purpose but it’s safe to say that Christopher Nolan doesn’t do anything by coincidence. Although conceptually and visually fascinating, the film does lack emotional range, and adding a mother/child narrative really does not enrich the storyline the same way it did in Inception, the emotional distance of the film makes it hard to identify with the characters which i believe is a very important thing for a film to have, because The Protagonist (John David’s character) doesn’t even have a name. Finally, in my opinion this is not Nolan’s best, but it is undeniably a masterpiece.