Tenet is a 2020 spy film written and directed by Christopher Nolan, who co-produced it with Emma Thomas. Co-produced by the United Kingdom and the United States, it stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicky, Dimple Kapadia, tenet trailer Michael Kane and Kenneth Branagh. The plot follows a secret agent (Washington) as he manipulates the flow of time to prevent World War III.
Nolan spent more than five years writing the screenplay after discussing Tenet’s central ideas for a decade. 2019 began in March 2019, and major photography began in May 2019 in Denmark, Estonia, India, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States. (tenet trailer)
COVID-19 was delayed three times due to the epidemic, Tenet was released in the United Kingdom on August 26, 2020, and in the United States on September 3, 2020, IMX, 35 mm and 70 mm. It has grossed 53 million worldwide since opening its first Hollywood tent-pole in theaters after the epidemic closed. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised the acting and action sequences, although some criticized the misleading plot, final melody and word mix.(tenet trailer)
- John David Washington
- Martin Donovan
- Aaron Taylor-Johnson
- Robert Pattinson
- Fiona Dourif
- Michael Caine
- Elizabeth Debicki
- Yuri Kolokolnikov
- Himesh Patel
- Kenneth Branagh
- Dimple Kapadia
- Clémence Poésy
An unidentified CIA agent, known as “The Protagonist”, participates in an undercover SWAT operation at a Kiev opera, rescuing an exposed spy and capturing a strange artifact. He is saved from being shot by a masked soldier with a distinctive red tag on his backpack, who appears to have “fired” a bullet through the terrorist (thus killing him). The protagonist is captured by a Russian agent and tortured to reveal the objectives of his mission, before he has a chance and consumes a cyanide pill. He later wakes up to learn that the mission was a test and that the pill was a fake. He is also informed that the same organization that captured him stole the artifact and killed all of his fellow (tenet trailer) missionaries. To combat the people who killed his colleagues, the Protagonist’s boss points him to a secret organization called “Tenet”, which leads him to Laura, a scientist who studies bullets whose entropy has been “reversed” allowing them to go back in time.
The protagonist traces the bullets to Priya Singh, an arms dealer from Mumbai. With the help of Neil, a so-called local, the Protagonist infiltrates Priya’s compound and discovers that she herself is a member of Tenet. She informs the Protagonist that the bullets were supplied by a Russian oligarch Andrei Sator, who has means to communicate with the future. The Protagonist then goes to London, where he shares a lunch with Priya’s contact at British intelligence. He tells Protagonist that the best way to approach Sator is through his wife Kat, who is an art appraiser, and that he has sold Sator a fake Francisco Goya drawing, created by the forger Arepo, possibly knowing that it was a falsification. He then runs into Kat and learns that Sator is blackmailing her with the forged drawing he had sold her to take her away from her son, Max. She mentions that the last time she and Sator were really happy was during a vacation in Vietnam on their yacht, to the point where they had an argument. Soon after, he saw another woman dive off the boat and (tenet trailer) envied her for being free. The protagonist agrees to help Kat regain her freedom by destroying the painting, which is kept in a warehouse at the Oslo airport.
The protagonist and Neil work with a repairman, Mahir, to steal the drawing by crashing a Boeing 747 in the hangar as a distraction. Inside the facility, they find a machine from which two masked men emerge, one of whom is inverted and begins to fight the Protagonist while the other is “de-inverted” and runs past Neil. He chases the masked man and manages to unmask him, whose face is not shown. Neil runs back to The Protagonist in time and stops him from killing the invert, before he appears “sucked” through the door. Perplexed by the experience, the protagonist travels to meet Priya in search of answers. He later explains that the machine is a “turnstile”, a device developed in the future capable of reversing the entropy of anything that passes through it, and that the two masked men were the same person.
Believing that the drawing has been destroyed, Kat arranges a meeting between the Protagonist and Sator. Later that night, Sator reveals to Kat that he had removed the drawing from the storage facility prior to the accident. Kat attempts to drown him during a boat trip, forcing Protagonist to step in and save him, earning Sator’s trust. The Protagonist then offers to steal a box of plutonium that Sator wants in exchange for Kat’s freedom, to which Sator agrees.
The protagonist and Neil manage to steal the plutonium from an armored convoy in Tallinn, only to realize that it is actually an artifact. A reversed Sator intervenes and a car chase ensues. The inverted Sator takes the artifact, captures the Protagonist and Kat, and takes them to another Turnstile. There, an inverted Sator comes out of the turnstile and demands the Protagonist to tell him the location of the artifact. The protagonist gives him a false location of the artifact before Sator shoots Kat with an inverted bullet. An “uninverted” Sator arrives and demands the location of the artifact when the inverted Sator leaves. (tenet trailer) Immediately after, a team of Tenet agents arrive, free the Protagonist, and force the uninverted Sator to flee to his turnstile. Soon after, the Protagonist follows him to prevent him from retrieving the artifact, but accidentally ends up helping him take it while it is inverted. With Kat mortally wounded, the protagonist and Neil decide to take her through Sator’s turnstile and travel back to the Oslo airport crash a week earlier. As they infiltrate the airport again, the inverted Protagonist fights his non-inverted self before reaching the turnstile and returning to normal.
The protagonist meets Priya demanding answers about the full nature of what is happening. She explains that the artifacts are part of an algorithm developed in the future capable of inverting the entire world; humans in the future are using Sator to activate it, in a desperate attempt to counter the chances of World War III occurring despite knowing that it would spell the end of the existence of humanity and possibly the world. The inventor of this technology, fearing its possible consequences, separated them into nine pieces and inverted them so that they would remain hidden in the past. The protagonist realizes that Priya wisely knew that she would not be able to steal the artifact and that it would only end up in Sator’s hands and confronts her. He defends himself by explaining that he knew that Sator would one day acquire the artifact and that he believes the future cannot be changed. She also tells him that Sator now has all nine pieces of the algorithm. Disappointed, the Protagonist decides to try to take the algorithm from Sator. (tenet trailer)
Kat reveals to the protagonist and Neil that Sator is dying of inoperable pancreatic cancer; they deduce that he will activate the algorithm by suicide by a dead man’s switch, while also believing that the world should die with him. Kat believes that Sator will choose to die on a specific day during their vacation in Vietnam, when they were last happy together. The protagonist, Kat, and Neil decide that they will reverse the time until that day so that Kat can delay Sator’s death while Tenet secures the assembled algorithm.
Tenet traces the assembled algorithm to an abandoned Soviet closed city and begins a “temporary pincer move,” in which half of its troops advance in time to the blast zone, while the other half move backward. When the operation is about to begin, Kat finds Sator on her yacht, who she believes to be the younger version of herself, and inadvertently reveals that she will commit suicide with a cyanide pill. Meanwhile, Tenet infiltrates the city and a fierce battle ensues. The Protagonist and a Tenet agent named Ives are unable to get to the algorithm through a closed door, until an inverted masked corpse with a red tag on his backpack comes to life, saves the Protagonist from one shot and opens the door. Kat prematurely kills Sator just as the protagonist and Ives secure the algorithm. Kat dives off the deck of the yacht, where she witnesses her past self.
The protagonist, Neil, and Ives divide the components of the algorithm and separate. The protagonist notices a red tag on Neil’s backpack; Neil reveals that a future version of the Protagonist recruited him for Tenet years before, and this mission is the end of a long friendship that the Protagonist has yet to experience. In London, Priya is about to order the murder of Kat, but is killed by the protagonist. Subsequently, a narration of the protagonist’s thoughts reveals that he is the future mastermind behind Tenet.
Marketing and release
In August 2019, Warner Bros. was in a forty second teaser ahead of the Hobbs & Shaw trailers. It was attached to the Indian screenings of Joker in October. The first trailer went online in December, when an exclusive cinema prologue was screened in select IMAX theaters prior to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The latter was featured during the Indian IMAX screenings of Birds of Prey in February 2020. In May, a television ad  appeared promoting in Fortnite’s Party Royale mode. The logo, styled by Nolan as TENƎꓕ, was modified for this trailer due to its similarity to that of a bicycle parts manufacturer. The final trailer, which came out in August, featured Scott’s single. On August 26, an exclusive video of the making-of was uploaded.
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With a production budget of between $ 200 million and $ 225 million, Tenet is Nolan’s most expensive original project. IndieWire speculated that the marketing could bring the final sum to between $ 300 million and $ 350 million, although analysts predicted lower-than-usual advertising costs, due to low-cost live sports ads. Observer estimated that he would need to earn between $ 450 million and $ 500 million to cover expenses. Nolan is reported to receive twenty percent of the first gross dollar.
Based on industry tracking, Tenet was projected to take $ 25 million to $ 30 million internationally during its first five days. In South Korea, pre-sale tickets sold out all IMAX screenings and weekend previews totaled $ 717,000 across 590 theaters. Another four days there yielded $ 4.13 million from about 2,200 screens, bringing the cume to $ 5.1 million at the end of the week. The film debuted with $ 53 million in 41 countries, grossing $ 7.1 million in the UK, $ 6.7 million in France and $ 4.2 million in Germany. It was also the top-earning country in Canada, although Warner Bros. did not report figures. Opening weekends are expected to fetch around $ 20 million in the United States (from 2,800 theaters and 12,000 screens) and $ 40-50 million in China. China raised $ 21 million in its first two days.
|Directed by||Christopher Nolan|
|Produced by||Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan|
|Written by||Christopher Nolan|
|Starring||John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh|
|Music by||Ludwig Göransson|
|Cinematography||Hoyte van Hoytema|
|Edited by||Jennifer Lame|
|Warner Bros. Pictures, Syncopy|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release date||August 26, 2020 (United Kingdom), September 3, 2020 (United States)|
|Running time||150 minutes|
|Country||United Kingdom, United States|
|Box office||$53.6 million|