Naveen on Tenet

Views on Tenet:

I managed to watch another movie within a week. Maybe celebrating my theatre viewing which is now a privilege.

Ans what a movie TENET is !!! The perfect Spy thriller to begin your weekend with.

I was surprised to see Dimple Kapadia in a very relevant role. She is a delight to watch and so is Mumbai, one of the 7-8 cities where this movie is shot.

In a twilight world of international espionage, an unnamed CIA operative, known as The Protagonist, is recruited by a mysterious organization called Tenet to participate in a global assignment that unfolds beyond real time. The mission: prevent Andrei Sator, a renegade Russian oligarch with precognition abilities, from starting World War III. The Protagonist will soon master the art of “time inversion” as a way of countering the threat that is to come.

An absolutely audacious, awe-inspiring film. Tenet earns my complete admiration for the effort and dedication on display here. The action scenes blow your mind, dialogs are witty, crisp and sharp, background noise is suitable for IMAX/VMAX and acting is superb.

Another masterpiece by one of the greatest cinematographers that ever lived. Nolan’s mind-bending TENET divulges into altering our basic principles of matter, entropy, space and time; it’s convoluted concept of positive entropy (which is yet to be proven false by the scientific community) governs the flow of an action movie, and transforms a simple movie about protagonist vs. antagonist into a thought provoking battle for good that defies (also yet to be proven false) the founding concepts of the universe.

Tenet is simply an incredible film with deep complex concepts. Low ratings with criticism of the film’s “over the top confusion” is more indicative of an audience that has been spoon-fed brainlessly simple ideas for far too long, than any legitimate flaw in Nolan sculpture of a flowing and seamless narrative thread. Despite its complexity (which I believe is an asset) the film is perfectly paced, the actors bring a fluid confidence that assures the audience that at the very least the characters understand “inversion” (even if we don’t fully), and the cinematography and score also hold up their weight alongside the driving narrative.

There is a understandable concern that the mix was not conducive to assisting the audience in understanding the various exposition dumps that occur throughout the film, however this could vary widely depending on the sound system used when viewing and in any event it did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the film at VMAX.

This is a film that challenges conventional story arcs, and was a breath of fresh air in a landscape that for years has featured repetitively unimaginative (but still enjoyable) action films such as those presented under the Avengers franchise. Hopefully this movie gains the recognition it deserves and Nolan is rewarded for breaking the mould in difficult year for large-budget cinema-based films. Perhaps Tenet is demonstrating a brilliant stroke of commercial genius on Nolan’s part; make a movie so confusing yet enjoyable that viewers MUST go back for a second viewing!

Overall, this movie is up there with the likes of Inception and Interstellar, as one of the greatest films that people – myself included – will probably re-watch time and time again.

I’m really glad I went out and caught this in theaters!

Rating: 4.5/5 (Brilliant)

5 Responses to “Naveen on Tenet”

  1. Good review Naveen,didn’t read all. I’m still waiting for Blu-ray release on Dec 15, 2020, haven’t caught this one is cinemas.

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  2. An absolutely fantastic take on the movie. You have put into words that I could only awe at in the theater. Though I do not agree with all your points, it’s a great view you have presented. Thanks!

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  3. Tenet Has Excellent Advance
    Monday 30 November 2020 13.30 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    Tenet has seen an excellent advance booking in India driven by sales on Imax. The advances opened over the weekend with some properties opening on Saturday and others on Sunday and it has sold around 25k tickets over the weekend which is an excellent number not just for a Covid19 period but even if we were not in covid19 this would be considered a very good advance.

    If we compare with all releases this year then this is actually the best initial advance of the year as Baaghi 3 had similar sales over the weekend but a far larger number of screenings and Tanhaji – The Unsung Warrior was under 20k tickets in its first weekend. Its unlikely Tenet can get the sort of sales by Thursday that Baaghi 3 or Tanhaji – The Unsung Warrior did but in terms of tickets sold against tickets available the ratio will be far higher.

    Obviously the demand has come for Imax tickets as these for a huge chunk of the advance sales and these are limited which could restrict the advance over the next few days but even if Tenet had got 25k tickets the evening before release that would have been a good result in these times. Here it has done over the weekend and has four more days to rack up some more sales.

    There have been a few flickers in regional cinema since the return of cinemas in October but Tenet is the biggest flicker so far in these pandemic times and hopefully there will be even better results over the next few months. Tenet is sure to get some good footfalls over the weekend and then if appreciation is there it could even put up a healthy final total.


  4. Good review Naveen, thou I don’t agree with some of the points.

    I think for me, it was just not being able to hear the dialogues, made it difficult to follow the film.

    I had same issue with Dunkirk too but in that film it was easy to follow the film with visuals.
    In case of Tenet, the visuals confused me more due to not following the dialogues.

    I want Nolan to make a simple (in terms of concept) thriller like Insomnia. I really liked that movie.


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