Tenet: Action-Packed Thriller


Carter Shoemaker, Staff Writer

On September 3, we saw the release of a new movie, Tenet. Up to this point, we had not been given any new movies due to the pandemic and the closing of movie theaters. Tenet was directed by Christopher Nolan and distributed by Warner Bros Pictures. At first glance, I saw this movie and said “That looks interesting”, but I did not pursue it and view it immediately. However, when I saw movie theaters were reopened, my Dad and I went to see it.

Tenet is an action-thriller and science fiction film that stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh. Without massive spoilers, the plot is as follows: A secret agent, played by Washington, must manipulate the flow of time to prevent World War III. Now, to be honest, I have not seen many films like this where I have to pay attention to every little detail, so it was a nice change. It then follows this secret agent as the only advice he is given is the word “Tenet”. Through this one passcode, he meets new allies and enemies that will either aid in his journey or make it harder. As far as the “manipulating the flow of time” thing, he uses an intricate machine called the Turnstile, which makes time flow backward. This system is said to have come from the future and is going to be used to destroy the past.

This is a brilliantly made movie that demonstrates ideas of today and also the tech that we could see in our future. While it may take a few watches to fully grasp the whole understanding of the movie, it is a great watch that is exciting throughout the entire movie. It has many action scenes and a whole lot of great acting and SFX. The actors cast in this film played their parts extremely well, and frankly, I don’t think that they could’ve cast anyone better for the main protagonist. John David Washington’s performance in this film was anything but stellar. The way he acted in all different scenarios was extremely good, with him switching between being a total bad-a**, to being this calm and collected person who would simply talk face-to-face with his adversaries. While I may have not watched many movies this year, I believe this is one of the best movies of 2020, and I would recommend this to anyone that wants to experience a great movie.