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The Secrets of Tenet: Inside Christopher Nolan's Quantum Cold War | Foreword by John David Washington, backword by Kenneth Branagh (Tenet Movie, Making of Tenet, Movie Books, Coffee Table Art Books) Hardcover – September 8, 2020
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- Item Weight : 2.9 pounds
- Hardcover : 156 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1647220602
- ISBN-13 : 978-1647220600
- Product Dimensions : 11 x 0.9 x 10 inches
- Publisher : Insight Editions (September 8, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Tenet" (2020 release; 150 min.) brings the story of a CIA agent whom we get to know only as The Protagonist. As the movie opens, the Protagonist is part of a SWAT team that storms the opera house in Kiev, Ukraine, to save an exposed agent. All mayhem brakes loose, and the Protagonist is captured by the bad guys. During a rough interrogation, the Protagonist manages to bite on a cyanide pill. When he wakes up, a CIA guys tells him "welcome to the afterlife", and that the opera house mission was a test, and that he passed the test. The Protagonist now is tasked with a much larger project: Tenet. It's not long before the Protagonist learns that if he fails the mission, WWIII will unleash and destroy mankind... At this point we're less than 15 min. into the movie but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.
Couple of comments: this is the latest opus (don't just call it a film) from writer-director Christopher Nolan, who has been working on this labor of love for YEARS. As I'm sure you've heard, it evolves around inverted objects and people, or some sort of reverse chronology. As soon as the movie starts, there is an immediate overload of information and action, and soon the viewer feels engulfed in a Byzantine plot. TO which I say: don't worry, just let it go. Rather than trying to understand everything as it is happening, just enjoy the experience for what it is: a mind-blowing movie going experience, pure and simple. At one point, one of the characters comments dryly: "We have been attacked by the future", and that about sums it up. The many elaborate action scenes are nothing short of jaw dropping spectacular (just try imagining a car chase at full speed, inverted...). John David Washington is outstanding as the Protagonist, but a special kudos to Kenneth Branagh as the Russian Andrei Sator. It's been a long time since I've seen such a great "baddie". The movie's production budget is a reported $200-250 million, give or take $10 mill here and there, and the movie shows it. Beware: some of the sound effects are quite overwhelming, and at times drawn out the dialogue. All that aside, this movie BEGS to be seen on the big screen, and I have zero doubt that I will see it again in the theater in the next few weeks.
"Tenet" was set for a wide release in July, but alas, a little thing called COVID-19 interfered with those plans. The movie FINALLY opened on Labor Day weekend (after several days of sneak previews). I couldn't wait to see this, and bought tickets in advance for the Friday early evening screening at the Cinemark here in Cincinnati. Imagine my shock when it turned out there were only 4 people in the audience (including myself). This is terrible news for the movie industry, the theaters, and of course film fans all around this country. "Tenet" deserves better than this, and the Cinemark where I saw this at, complied with all required COVID-19 protocols. If you are a fan of earlier Christopher Nolan films like "Inception" and "Memento", I't readily suggest you check this out, be it in the theater if you can, on Amazon Instant Video, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.
*UPDATE 9/17/20* I saw "Tenet" for a second time in the theater (equally dismally attended as the first time). I caught a lot of things in the movie that I had simply missed the first time around. And even with this second viewing, I feel I could do with yet another viewing. Best of all, the movie itself as a viewing experience was just as good as the first time around.