almost a couple of years ago Christopher Nolan was forced to support movie theaters that had been forced to close in the early stages of the pandemic, and had to return to business with no films to show. And he had not only a movie, but a great film that should attract the public again to a place that was once in doubt as safe as it once was, and perhaps has become less essential with the rise of streaming.
It was a very heavy weight to put on the shoulders of ‘Tenet’, which was not exactly the savior of theaters -although it was one of the highest-grossing films of 2020-, and caused a practically irreparable schism with its usual Warner collaborators Bros, leading you to take your creative future elsewhere. with all the movie it had within it more than a show worthy of the big screenand it is an opportunity to discover it now that it is incorporated into the HBO Max catalog.
Corruption in space-time
Like much of Nolan’s cinema, ‘Tenet’ does not have a simple approach. Our protagonist (John David Washington) is a spy who is suddenly recruited for a much larger and more secret project of which he only knows a word and a gesture: Tenet.
Your perception of time and movement needs to be rethought after discovering a strange phenomenon from the future that alters the entropy of bodies and objects, causing them to move inversely on the timeline. As if this were not enough, a crazy Russian tycoon (Kenneth Brangh) is about to blow up the world using future technology and you must stop it.
Yes, all this is quite a move as a starting point for an action and science fiction film, and the more you try to break it down the more you’re going to get confused. Luckily, Nolan creates a film that is capable of putting this idea to work visually. With unlimited resources, the director roll and ride impossible sequenceswhere several elements move in different directions from others, but which visually understandable enough so as not to end up hopelessly lost.
It speaks well of how the British filmmaker has decided to plan the action in this film, a little Achilles’ heel of his that is ironic for someone who is known for making big action films. Here roll the action precisely and clearly, without giving up certain distinctive touches, and the clearest example is a spectacular assault sequence in the middle of the highway. A film that enters completely through the eyes, sustaining in that outlined visual calligraphy and performers like Washington committed to expressing those ideas from the physical.
But it’s not just a megalomaniacal science fiction that ‘Tenet’ has to deliver. The possibility of shooting around the world serves as an excuse for Nolan to do a luxurious movie and also huge in some sequences, such as one involving an airplane. Here he tries to make the James Bond movie that he has never been given the opportunity to make, putting things into the spy movie that would be unthinkable in that franchise.
‘Tenet’: Nolan gets more Michael Mann than ever
It is also the film where its characters seem more at risk than ever of not making it out of the journey alive, despite the fact that we assume that everything will be resolved by narrative conventions. The certain unpredictability of the temporary threat and the suffocating tension with which it charges the atmosphere of the film they are elements that convey constant danger to the characters.
This particular touch evidence more than ever the influence of Michael Mann in Nolan’s films, as well as in the male camaraderie of the characters in Washington and Robert Pattinsonboth tremendous professionals in their own.
A certain touch that makes this movie an art and essay action film like ‘Miami Vice’ (the movie) was at the time, but taken everything to crazier extremes. ‘Tenet’ is a fine architectural work done for the purest funeven though her serious and cold appearance may imply otherwise, that she is taking herself very seriously.
And it is true that Christopher Nolan always transmits the impression that you hold yourself in very high esteembut here he makes an enjoyable film that also knows how to be ambitious.