{4/5} “What’s happened, happened.”

Tenet, released in 2020

A man wakes up and finds he no longer works for the CIA, as he’s been declared dead. He’s needed for the most important of important tasks — stop World War III. When he meets the first person who explains any of it to him, he finds out that there are some “inverted” objects travelling backwards from the future into the past. She thinks that these items she’s collected are the detritus of a coming war. His analysis of a bullet leads him to an arms dealer in India.

The beginning is a bit odd but once he starts his new mission the rest of the movie is gripping. The twist at the end is delightful — and makes perfect sense.

The concept is unique. The execution might not be perfect but it’s a bold movie, and deserves praise for doing something different.

There are times when you see something later that ties in with something earlier, and it makes sense. But the central premise is never explained to complete satisfaction, which leads to some confusion.

To put it another way, it’s a great action movie. As a science fiction movie where you want to understand a certain amount of the concept, it’s worth watching but a bit disappointing.

Michael Caine and Himesh Patel make brief appearances.

Stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Kenneth Branagh, and Elizabeth Debicki. Directed by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight). The mysterious music is by Ludwig Göransson.

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