LOOK: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ Uses Sci-Fi Elements to Reinvent the Spy Game

Most people see time as an unalterable dynamic of our existence; but in the hands of filmmaker Christopher Nolan, it becomes a compellingly tractable thread, able to be bent, twisted, juxtaposed… or inverted.

In the film, armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the new Protagonist (John David Washington) journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. Not time travel. Inversion.

Nolan, who wrote, directed, and produced Warner Bros. Pictures’ new sci-fi action spectacle ‘Tenet’, says, “The story takes on ideas of time and how we experience it—interacting a science fiction component with the classic elements of the spy genre.”

John David Washington, who stars as the character known only as the Protagonist, says that while ‘Tenet’ is about a man trying to save the world, the intricately woven plot also explores some of our most firmly held precepts. “The movie challenges our traditional ways of interpreting time, interpreting what we perceive is real, our learned behaviors,” he says.

“There’s a lot more going on. I had never read or seen anything like this before. Nobody has. Chris deals head on with how we understand the physics of time, all through the lens of this character. I don’t know what his fascination with time is, but I love how he deals with it in his movies.”

“This could not be more of a Chris Nolan movie,” says Robert Pattinson, whose character Neil is teamed with the Protagonist. “There is such a singular vision to every one of his films and making this one was a spectacular feat in every way. It’s pretty amazing…there’s literally nothing comparable.”

Nolan concludes, “With ‘Tenet’, what I’m hoping is to give audiences a reason for re-approaching and re-experiencing action cinema, and the spy movie genre in particular. I want to give them a different way of looking at it, so they get some of the sense of excitement that I had as a kid watching those kinds of films. We’re trying to give the audience a new experience that re-injects that sense of the unknown in movie action sequences. We really want to give people a ride like nothing they’ve had before.”

Watch the trailer here:

‘Tenet’ will be showing in Philippine cinemas and IMAX soon. ‘Tenet’ is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company. Join the conversation online and connect with #Tenet

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