There are very few directors working today who can command a massive budget and worldwide audience attention with an original blockbuster, let alone one who’s a big enough deal to keep said project’s plot a total secret for over a year. Christopher Nolan may be the only director on the planet right now with such a thrall over the business. It’s not hard to see why. He reinvented Batman, modernized the 21st century blockbuster, and brought us titles like Inception and Dunkirk. Coming in July 2020 is Tenet, starring John David Washington from BlacKkKlansman in the lead. Finally, we have a trailer!
Looks cool, right? So… What is it about?
Okay, so there seem to be elements of time travel and bending the rules of time. There’s a secret organization working to stop World War 3 from a cataclysm that is apparently worse than a nuclear apocalypse. Robert Pattinson, Michael Caine, Dimple Kapadia, Clémence Poésy, Kenneth Branagh, and Elizabeth Debicki are all there looking suave. Nolan is certainly sticking to his love of practical effects and big set pieces. The tagline ‘time runs out’ is intriguing.
Look, it’s Nolan. Despite his obvious weak spots — oh god why does he keep trying to understand female characters? — he’s one of the biggest directors on the planet for a reason. He’s earned the ability to spring a major surprise on audiences and it’ll certainly be refreshing after a solid year of franchises and the Disney-pocalypse.
Tenet will be in cinemas next July.
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