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Tenet 2020

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I have almost no idea what happened, but I liked it. Might be my favourite James Bond film.

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If i watch It in reverse does it get better?

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This movie is absolutely worse if you understand physics or are a student of physics. Nolan burnt hundreds of millions into this and didn't bother to consult even a high school physics teacher? Does he know what entropy is. Does he think entropy and time are same things? I understand we need to keep our brains at home when watching scifi but the plot is so convoluted and complex that I cannot forgive the stupidity of the premise. This movie is a stupid person's idea of what an intelligent movie might be.

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Love the layers in this movie. Couldn't stop thinking about it after I left. I've seen it twice already. In fact, as I was leaving the theater, I saw myself going in and thought, "Man, he is going to love this!"

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It's quite difficult to understand this film, and I'm not speaking about the time paradox. Absence of plot, no character building, no emotions, poor sound mixing add to the confusion. Looks more like a bunch of demos of special effects put together to impress.

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I have never been so confused and yet so absolutely amazed and intrigued at the same time. Some scenes will make you go 'How the fuck did they even film that', and my jaw literally dropped at some of it. The mindfuckery in this movie is probably the most out of all of his movies (IMO).

It is one of those movies which needs more than one watch. You would have to watch it the first time to be completely amazed and just enjoy the mind boggling cinematics, and the second time to understand what is going on.

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How could people rate this already? Based on the trailer? Or where you part of the crew? I don't understand this...

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2 1/2 confusing hours, great cast with solid performances. The movie missed the mark don’t waste your time.

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The movie is a pretentious piece of shit, a James Bond movie with people walking backguards and time travels. But the protagonist is maybe the worst actor I've ever seen... and I saw a lot of bad actors.

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This is not Nolan's best film but it's still enjoyable. I think I've seen too much time travelling films/series (and films/series that use time manipulation techniques) to find the plotline confusing and hard to follow. This Nolan film also reminded me of Doctor Who, this time, River Song's and the Doctor's relationship: the first time one member of the pair meets the other is the last day of the other member. They have a strong connection despite drifting away from each other in time. I would be interested in seeing how The Protagonist said goodbye to Neil in the future.I like that we do not know and will not know much about The Protagonist (not even his name). I could also understand Kat's character but the main villain not so much. I also like the specific time-manipulation technique the film uses, however, there are certain holes I got annoyed by. Sure, inversed people need their own oxygen to breath and wear masks, but how can they see like at all?

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It's a good film but it's not Nolan's best work. The plot is confusing, rushed, and occasionally too clever for its own good. The special effects were great, however, and the direction was slick. However, it's not the Bond movie people were comparing it too, and it's not the sci-fi classic people expected. I enjoyed it, and while i don't mind a movie that causes me to think, I do prefer a film that offers a little more coherency.

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Shout by Gon
2020-08-27T14:26:54Z— updated 2020-09-14T00:37:16Z

My thoughs about Tenet:

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Umm

Maybe I'm just not smart enough, but i have NO idea what the fuck I just watched was or why it was so fucking long, but it looked good visually.

I missed like every character's name besides "kat"

I felt no connection to anything going on other than all the michael bay esque "look at all this shit get blown up" scenes.

I imagine this is what people felt like when the matrix first came out.

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Shout by Arismário Neves
2020-10-31T14:42:26Z— updated 2020-11-30T03:49:44Z

That is a movie to be felt, not to be understood. If you feel, you will understand.

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  • 2 for: 1) (as many others said) the volume of the soundtrack was way too high compared to dialogues. Intentional or not in many scenes it felt out of piece. Like he wanted to give you a sense of urgency/action even when nothing was actually happening.

2) It gave me, overall, an uncomfortable confusion. Rewatch may help but i don't care, i don't like any kind of art that requires prerequisites like external knowledge, several 'exposures' to itself (rewatch), etc. I go to the cinema, i watch a movie, and that's it. The problem in this case is that so many little things happen so fast that in the end you have the feeling you missed too much stuff, or at least this was the case for me and other 2 people that watched it with me. So it's not being confused by itself, is watching characters just mastering the situations while you don't even understand the basic mechanics of the game. So a lot of stuff happens and the only way to deal with it is simply

'Wait what?'
'Time travel stuff, whatever'

Everything else is really good though!

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One of those movies that needs to be watched, pondered, then watched again. I’ll have to revisit this comment in the future to see what my past self thinks about it.

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At times I found this all a bit tedious. The score was sometimes over-powering and discordant. It was there to raise the tension at some points where there was really a lack of on screen investment. I simply didn't care that this world was going to end.. Sator was the good guy, wanting it all to end. The time shenanigans was interesting. It felt like I was watching another Dr Who aimed squarely at a Usanian audience, with drops of a shaken but certainly unstirred James over the Pond. I re-watched it to make sure my judgement was sound, perhaps missing some nuance I'd not realised, but no, just excruciating the second time. If you enjoy watching fireworks for the 3,000th time, exposition dumps, and jump edits, this is for you. The acting was good as well as the set pieces. I just didn't feel the threat, and so didn't give a fuck. 6/10

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It was ok. The premise is fantastic but the actual implementation is very hit or miss. The movie jumps all over the place making it very hard to follow, it's very jumbled. There is little to no emotion shown by the actors.

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"Don't Try To Understand It. Feel It."

Clémence Poesy plays scientist Laura, a character who appears in one crucial scene in which the Protagonist goes to see her and gets the concept of time inversion, and the changing of entropies explained to him.

Laura says this quote, and it pretty much sums the whole movie up. Nolan trusts the audience to figure out stuff on their own and go on the journey with him. At the same time, he will always look at film as a medium to be experiential, to be felt, and loved in as big and as beautiful a way as possible. It is also accurate in that nobody understands this movie the first time around; the only hope is to feel it.

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Not quite inception level but still a decent film with some good action that was different and cool effects also that couldn’t make it’s mind up in going backwards or forwards and made it very confusing at times also felt the plot was rushed and not enough information.

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It's okay, nothing too special. Not as good as people make it out to be, and definitely overhyped.

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Imagine if Inception cut out the opening scene, told us a little bit about the rules of the dream world before going on a Macguffin hunt for an hour, THEN we got to see them go into someone's dream for the first time halfway into the movie. That's Tenet.

The gimmick is cool, and it makes for some awesome action scenes, but they don't leave room for character development in between exposition scenes (which is about 70% of this film). I'd still say it's worth a watch for your own opinion, though.

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I torrent hundreds of gigs a month.

This was a waste of 45 of them.

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Had to watch it all but I don't know why. Such a poulry explained movie. I hope they don't make a second one. Guess there 2 hours I won't get back

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I bet many people looked at the screen like what's going on. But it was worth watching trying to figure out who what or when. Took 2 and a half hours with a glimpse for me. Aside from all the actors, respect to Nolan. He is such an artist.

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... I am wondering how Christopher Nolan could make such a weak sauce. A 3 minutes terrible story prolonged for 150 minutes. I have been waited for so long to see what Chris Nolan have in the hat and then this.

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I watched this movie in the theatres and left with a headache. I’ve understood absolutely nothing from the movie since the beginning. And I’m glad that my family, and people who watched it too feel the same way because I felt as if I was brain dead...

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Yeah..... this kinda broke my brain:confounded:.
After 3rd viewing it almost made sense :joy: and is a great film though. Christopher Nolan is a genius.

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Another Nolan fuck up. He should stop using IMAX cameras and start using his brain :brain: to do a movie.

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Interesting and confusing, but I'm not sure if that makes this good. So like, save her in the past to change the future? But also plutonium? Generations from now something something? Too many ideas at once and nothing solid to ride on nor care about. I'm good with not watching this ever again.

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Was bored out of my mind. Have no clue what happened in the movie.

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so much bad writing, a confusing concept, almost nothing works here. congratulations nolan, you made a movie worse than interstellar

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Shout by Keldian
2020-12-13T22:16:56Z— updated 2020-12-25T00:18:25Z

Nolan had a good idea with Inception but not here. The plot is confusing not because it's smarter than you, but because the premise collapses on itself. If you step in and out of a machine that inverts time for you in relation to the rest of the universe and are allowed to interact with that universe still, you instantly become a paradox. Anything you do from that point on goes on an infinite loop of altering the past, thus making it impossible for the past to lead up to any moment where the past altering events you cause occur, thereby nullifying yourself. No need to try to wrap your head around the "how it works", because it doesn't.

The problem is the movie delves so deep into this premise, that I'm constantly reminded of the paradox while watching it. Given this distraction I found the movie difficult to enjoy.

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!gnihtyna dnatsrednu ton diD .hctaw ot ysae saw eivom sihT

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Very underwhelming, especially after all the hype it built itself up to and the duration of the actual movie. The concept is not original, it's time travel but with a bit of a twist, although there is some originality in the execution. The pacing is bad, but not sure what to expect for a 2.5h movie. Definitely not one of the best works by Christopher Nolan. It's a movie you have to see, even if just out of curiosity, but not necessarily a must-see.

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The only thing I understand is Nolan loves time. I have to watch it again.

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It’s just pinchy, try getting out alive, mentally!

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Christopher Nolan creates a temporary palindrome. A James Bond movie that incorporates concepts such as time clamp, entropy of objects, and reversed motion. Everything is too dependent on this narrative puzzle, even the development of the characters. But great action sequences that explore new visual approaches is magnificent. An impressive cinematic representation of the Sator square (Opera/Arepo, Sator/Rotas).

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Brain hurty!

This was, undoubtedly, the best Mission Impossible movie since the Brian De Palma one!

When Christopher Nolan messes with Physics, you know you're in for a wild ride! Confusing, at times, but the way things pick up, kick into full gear and every piece starts falling into place (literally backwards) during that delightful crescendo approaching end, it all provides for a very entertaining and satisfying experience!

Really, as corny as this may seem, don't try to understand the movie, try to feel it, instead.

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It is what most movies who are more into "diversification" and try too hard to appear sophisticated end up being - a mess

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What a mess !!
I understand he tried to do something different with time travel stuff, but this is totally confusing.

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Simply time reverse movie with a lot of plots, this movie is a hot mess wasn't executed right.

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Best movie this year so far!!!

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I want to watch this without knowing anything about it (never see trailers etc) and I must say I like this movie a lot. Its a bit confusing but such a cool concept and execution! 9/10

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Finally saw it. The experience of watching Tenet is oddly similar to watching University Challenge in the sense that you'll spend most of the time in awe at the intelligence and feel very proud when you actually can work something out.

It weird because it's also simultaneously too long and not long enough. It does need a little bit more quiet scenes just to let the audience breathe more than anything.

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This looks really interesting... After watching the trailer, there were some elements in there that reminded me of Matrix. I don't believe I ever heard of John David Washington. Is he a new comer? Well, I guess not if he's working with Robert Pattins. I look forward to seeing this.

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Fantastic ride! Was thoroughly confused in the first 30 minutes or so. However, once I caught on, the story kept me immersed for sure.

I can't remember the last time I watched a movie and wanted to watch it again right away. Also, this is the kind of movie that you continue thinking about 1-2 days after watching.

Just went through the second watching and the movie is even better the second time around.

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This movie aimed to be the next Inception. In terms of powerful visuals, complex narrative and truly mindboggling concepts that require you to think deeply to truly understand. It did not fully accomplish this incredible feat, but it did manage to pull some good punches.

I did find that the film lacked sufficient character development, and quite honestly, the emotional acting didn't seem very strong. While the action scenes could have me at the edge of my seat, any of the character development/emotional building scenes left me feeling underwhelmed.

Ultimately, they had a lot of the aforementioned characteristics but it simply wasn't done smooth enough. Oftentimes the plot felt jagged as you were torn from scene to scene. They handles the the explanation of the mind-bending concept, but they simply couldn't make the entire film feel smooth and connected. Despite understanding the plot and the internal physics quite well, I couldn't help but find myself lost in a way that did not make the film appealing.

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Shout by Narate
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2021-01-05T00:55:47Z— updated 2021-01-07T21:40:37Z

"Don't try to understand it. Feel it."

Tenet had me interested, then confused, then I was like whoa, then when it ended I looked at my loved one and said: I need to watch this again. I don't think watching one time is enough for a full review. Robert Pattinson is so cool, and Nolan loves the concept of time.

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The idea is cool, impressive and i understood the movie. Time was circular for them and they did what they needed to do. Classic "time is circular" idea. The problem was the acting, flow of events, dialogues. Oh God! The dialogues! Did he think he made it sound cool? They just sounded irrelevant. I couldn't connect with the protagonist and this was Nolan's mistake. It was because of the flow of the scenes also. He should have made it look smoother. Sometimes it felt like you are watching a slide show. Nolan wanted to sth different again. But the problem was what he did wasn't different, it was just a classic mindfuck time shit movie. Plus, the flow of the scenes, dialogues were badly arranged. Nolan is better than this. Btw, if you didn't get the movie, it's Nolan's fault. Because the idea is simple, time is circular.

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An extremely fast-paced action packed high concept spy thriller that masks its utterly mundane and bland story with time travel shenanigans and not ever really explaining itself. But entertaining for what it is and enjoyable enough. Score was excellent but for some reason, the editing was actually AWFUL in certain parts.

I'll say the movie is actually not all that confusing though it does try to confuse you. People who watch sci-fi and read other time travel stuff will see the twists coming a mile away. The rest of the plot is relatively easy to follow if you just accept the premise

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This movie really f'ed my brain, gotta watch it reversed to fully understand it I guess. Bonus points for the originality
and messing me up. .pu em gnissem dna
ytilanigiro eht rof stniop sunoB .sseug I ti dnatsrednu ylluf ot desrever ti hctaw attog ,niarb ym de'f yllaer eivom sihT

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Not the director best but but I liked it

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A worse version of inception. The movie is ok, it gets more interesting towards the end..but other than that it's your average movie with a huge budget

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I was hoping for something more, but it was a really good movie. I like complicated plots and i usually catch them from the start; but this one is confusing as hell; so i may have to watch it again knowing the ending.

As a fun fact, there is an old palindrome that in old times were used to "cure illness" as a talisman written in paper. The palindrome is SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS, and it was written in five lines, son it could be read from left to right, right to left, up and down and you get the idea. All the words are easter eggs in the movie (besides the title, of course)

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A Christopher Nolan's film for sure. It has all the action, all the twists, all the intrigue. I cannot say much without spoiling the film. I liked it even without understanding everything that happened, but I think Nolan tried to create another blockbuster masterpiece like Inception but didn't achieve it. It seems way more pretentious than Inception and less solid. The music (or sound) is great and accurate to the film. The acting is also great. The movie is really good. But I have the feeling that there are some inconsistencies or plot holes and it is necessary to watch it again (maybe backwards, if you know what I mean) to determine if they exist or not. I am glad I could watch it in theaters, it's totally worth it.

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I feel so stupid!
The principle of the film is so simple.Yet i could not figure the working and understand it.I was watching the movie like a fool the entire time.Not rating this

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It's obvious to me now after this moive, that Christopher Nolan's career, is on the down slide. This movie completely sucked. Bored the hell out of me. I won't watch another one of his movies unless it has batman/christian bale in it reprising his role.

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what a successful, flop of a movie

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I'm not sure this is a very good movie and I think as far as how it sits within Nolan's filmography it's probably one of his weakest. But it's also the most Nolan of the bunch and as far as being judged as a statement of what he wants to do with the film, it honestly might be one of his best. But it's all about that perspective.

I had a massive headache watching this movie. It really fucked my brain in a way that really no other movie has since maybe Primer. And that's a big complement, I think. It's just a shame its wrapped up in an execution that feels more sterile than some of Nolan's set design.

It's really hard for me to rate this movie because it's difficult to judge a film that clearly is doing exactly what it wants to do, but what it wants to do is leave the audience by the wayside and deliver a pure experience. I kind of loved the experience, but I don't know that it's any good.

I'm very conflicted on Tenet, but I think that's kind of the point. Nolan, you son of a gun.

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I always like it when I can express a few tears of joy at the end of a film.

Now, I've prolly gotta watch it a couple more times to understand everything that happened in the middle, but, luckily, I knew that'd be the case going in.

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Didn’t watch any trailers... didn’t knew anything about this movie... I loved it!!!

Great casting! Great score! Story was awesome! Need a second view before rating it in my personal top movies...

Note: Probably the best James Bond movie since Goldeneye
Note1: didn’t knew Robert Pattinson could act! Will give him a second chance after this what a surprise

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Seeing Tenet in the cinema means I understood ~90-95% of it. I'll definitely watch it again at home to get better comprehension. Great movie tho.

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this movie was so insane but i think in a very good way. I was confused many times but it still captured my attention i loved it

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fantastically made, expertly directed and brilliantly executed! a feast for the senses, see it first on the big screen!!

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I’ll post the rest of my review after I finish watching this movie a couple more times, (for the first few times, again).

Think of it like a temporal film review tactic; where future-me is always busy & present-me doesn’t have to do much, (unless what I am doing currently is far more significant than I realize at the moment...we could go down this rabbit hole all day, and I’m sure we have already exhausted many iterations, I just can’t say exactly when it happened or if it’s happening...well...now...).

This review is basically the through line in Christopher Nolan’s latest film, Tenet. For my money’s worth, The Prestige remains Nolan’s best film of his incredible career; cutely enough, time will only tell whether Tenet ends up being regarded as a masterclass in 21st filmmaking by one of the era’s best living directors, or if repeat viewings over the next few years reveal potential cracks in the foundation on which this movie’s conceit was built.

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Okay, I tried watching the bootleg version.. don’t do it... I’ll wait until a better version is released. A Black dude kicking euro ass? I HAVE to watch it!!

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This movie encapsulates my favorite saying of "I don't know what it is. But I want it". I have little to no idea what in the world was happening during the movie but I loved it. I'm gonna have to watch this at least 3 more times (and with subtitles) to even figure out what the hell exactly happened.

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Expected more......felt like an Inception rehash....with Fringe and Counterpoint thrown in.

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This is one of the greatest adrenaline bomb.

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I liked it. At some point in the movie I figured out how the flow was going (still no idea how it actually works, but like they told in the movie "Don't try to explain") and started for looking for some clues that later in the movie came back. It was a very fun movie and sure it takes some time to get into. It can be very confusing if you miss some part, because the movie is going very fast. That was my con about this movie. For a 2,5 hour long movie this movie is going to fast sometimes. I wished they took more time for several scenes so that they could give some more impact or let me sink everything in.

Also very nice cast and great acting work.

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[8.5/10]

A Nolan masterpiece. Very fast pace. Beautiful effects, great performances by the actors. But also very confusing.

I think I only understand like 85% of it after seeing it for the first time. Definitely have to rewatch again.

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What a load of rubbish. Background noise was too loud and couldn't hear what they're saying. Lead fella was same height as a hobbit and leading lady had a neck like a giraffe. Found a good use for the face mask though, pull it over the eyes and fall asleep.

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The best movie I have seen in a while. While year after year we are surrendered by superhero craps fed to us by Marvel and alike (and we have to watch them all for some reason), this is a kinda action thriller movie that has a new idea, something to say and keep you on the edge of your seat all along. Amazing.

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The premise was a brilliant rethinking of a much covered SciFi trope. It was a spectacular exercise of the mind to unravel its mysteries. The filmmaking and sound track were innovatively executed. The only problem was I couldn’t understand 50% of the dialogue, much of which was given through oxygen masks or under the noise of battle by an international cast with all the glory of their divergent English accents. In a film so rooted in complex intellectual constructs and subtle plot twists, it sure would have been nice to hear what they were saying. I’ll look forward to seeing it again, for the first time, with subtitles. Although we were in a state of the art theatre, I discovered that one of the other four in the Auditorium was able to catch more of the dialogue from her seat at the elevated back of the hall. I think this film rates a 9 (superbly clever) out of 10, but I won’t know until I see it again with subtitles. [SciFi Action Adventure]

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My ear still ringing from the killer soundtrack and my head still turning from the plot and my heart still swooning over the suits. Can't wait for my second viewing !

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It's a complex movie for sure but that's what Nolan is intending , you get the explanations and the understanding of the concept , yet you'll still have questions that need answering to.

The visuals are stunning , it's avery beautiful movie to watch technical wise , the effects , the sound , even the score i was a very fan of .

The actors give the best performance they can , it's a very well acted movie from everyone , the villain was great.

Overall , Tenet is a movie wih a great idea , a fast pacing one that delivers and leave wanting you to go back and watch it again cause in a glimpe of an eye some things may pass you by .

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Another great movie from Nolan. While for me it was a bit predictable it was still a well spent 3 hours and I will watch it again. The action was amazing and the story line too, not sure why I figured things out way before they happened cause it's a Nolan movie haha. Still go see it and be stunned!

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Amazing movie in my opinion. Keeps you thinking and guessing. Some nice not too over the top political topics to think about as well. Lots of paradoxes to think about and the way time travel / reversing time would work

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This so called "movie" is a disaster! bad scenario, bad acting, bad music etc... I was fooled by the high ratings, but this POS doesn't deserve a 1.

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Christopher Nolan is sharpening his wasting people's time, literally, skills.

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An entertaining action movie with no personnality nor atmosphere, and almost no real science-fiction features, that should have been intriguing rather than confusing.

The proposed concepts are not that complex to assimilate and understand, this is the lazy storytelling that makes the movie looking mindblowing, when it's really not... or you have never seen anything with time travel related content.

Nolan did a much much better job on Memento (which is imho closer of Tenet than Inception, even if completely different).

If you want to see a much more interresting movie (in every ways) about time "manipulation", with thriller and action vibes, just try "Triangle" (2009)

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Brainfuck! What the fuck did I just watch?

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My problems with the movie boil down to a pretty bad sound design (in the first act) alongside a rush establishment of the setting and characters. I would've HATED to have seen this in the theatres.
Also, I know that a lot of people will have problems with the character writing since this movie is EXTREMELY bland on it but I honestly do not care about it. The concept of Inversion alongside the fast paced story and gorgeous cinematography carried this movie more than enough for me to not give 2 cents about the characters. Plus, the credits did confirm something that I thought about half way through the movie about what Nolan was doing with them. The protagonist of the movie is literally called "Protagonist". That's it. That's his name. This is more than enough for me to know that the movie was writen puposefully this way. For what purpose you ask? I have no idea but I loved it.

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Anyone understand this movie watching for the first time?

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christopher nolan: sometimes? we make undecipherable plots?? to cope??
rpatz: its about the homoeroticism

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i kinda like it like yes its superrr confusing but when I investigated everything make sense

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Tenets takes time travel and inverts it on it's head. It will definitely confuse you for a while until your mind is blown by this innovative concept that Christopher Nolan came up with but it won't be as endearing or exciting as Inception who draws so many similarities, one can't help but compare both movies.
Tenet's main cast of mostly unknown actors take the roles of somewhat forgettable characters, only Robert Pattinson of Twilight fame would look familiar from mainstream movie blockbusters but all take us on a great ride, however in the end Tenet fails to surpass the high expectations with a movie which feels to clever for it's own good, held back by a rushed execution and unrelatable characters.

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Finally a great movie again. Mind was blown and I was on the edge of my seat. You have to feel this movie. Don't think it over to much.

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Unwatchable. Not entertaining. Not good. Had super high expectations of Christopher Nolan that to put it mildly were not met. Did anyone manage to suffer through to the end of it?. "...Tenet doesn't make any sense Morty..."

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A total waste of great actors and stunning visuals since you will end up being too much distracted figuring out what is happening to care

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