Trailer Watch: Good Luck Making Sense Of Christopher Nolan's Spy Thriller Tenet

Christopher Nolan really loves one-word titles.

Is Tenet, Christopher Nolan’s latest — his 11th feature – a sequel to the mind-probing thriller Inception or is it an Inception-adjacent movie? Because looking at the just-launched trailer, it sure feels like it.

Based on what we know so far, Tenet  is a spy movie of some kind. “We’re jumping off from the point of view of an espionage film, but we’re going to a number of different places,” said Nolan in Entertainment Weekly.  

In the trailer, BlacKkKlansman breakout John David Washington plays some kind of a spy assigned to prevent a cataclysmic event that's ‘”much worse” than a nuclear holocaust. I shudder to think what can be worse than a nuclear holocaust.

According to Washington’s handler (?), played by Martin Donovan, the word ‘tenet is the key to his mission.  “It will open the right doors…and some of the wrongs one, too.” Along the way, there are crazy sequences involving time travel and things moving in reverse.

The dictionary defines tenet as “any opinion, principle, doctrine, dogma, etc., especially one held as true by members of a profession, group, or movement.”  And if you haven’t noticed, it’s also a palindrome. Hmmm….maybe we should just leave it at that.

The movie, which was shot in seven countries (including India and Estonia), also stars Kenneth Branagh, Michael Caine, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and new Batman Robert Pattinson.

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Tenet opens in cinemas July 16, 2020.

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