TENET

"Confusing Plot Meets a Too Loud Musical Score"

Quality:
Content: -2 Discretion advised for adults.
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What You Need To Know:

TENET, a big budget action movie, opens with an attack on a large music concert at an opera house in Ukraine. An unnamed CIA agent called “The Protagonist” participates in a rescue attempt, but he’s captured and takes a cyanide pill while being tortured. He later wakes up to find out that the pill was fake, and the mission was a test. By passing the test, The Protagonist qualifies to join an elite band of people trying to save the world from a Russian oligarch, who can end the world by using time travel machines that can “invert the entropy of the world.”

TENET’s story moves quickly. Like many other Nolan movies the sound is all over the place, so viewers should be very attentive in order to not miss anything. That said, there are a few sweet thematic nuggets including a mother’s devotion to her son and a stellar amount of intrigue. TENET has a light humanist worldview about time travel. For these reasons and depictions of heavy vio-lence and some drug use, MOVIEGUIDE recommends extreme caution for teenagers and adults.

Content:

(H, B, L, VVV, S, N, DD, MM):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Light humanist worldview about time travel, but there’s no hint of eternity, and the characters only have a materialist life, mitigated by frequent mention of saving the world, but that is only done by humans. Comment where character recognizes God and the difference between good and evil. Some morality as a mother cares for her young son.

Foul Language:
Five obscenities (including one “f” word) and one Jesus profanity

Violence:
Intense and frequent violence throughout. a large music concert is attacked by terrorists, car chases with many crashes; jumbo jet crashed into an airport building, a massive battle scene, and villain abuses his wife,

Sex:
Husband and wife in a bedroom look as if sex might happen, but it ends with an argument

Nudity:
Upper male nudity in a few scenes

Alcohol Use:
Some alcohol use

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
Drugs used by villains on victims and some drugs used by heroes; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Dishonesty, deceit throughout, and villain threatens a moth-er/son relationship threatened by villain.

More Detail:

TENET opens with a massive senseless attack on a large music concert at an opera house in Ukraine. An unnamed CIA agent called “The Protagonist” (John David Washington) participates in some kind of rescue attempt, but he’s captured and takes a cyanide pill while being tortured. He later wakes up to find the pill was a fake, and the mission was just a test.

By passing the test, The Protagonist qualifies to join an elite band of good/bad guys out to save the world from an evil Russian oligarch named Andrei Sator, who can end the world by using time travel machines that can “invert the entropy of the world.” This gives our heroic protagonist the opportunity to travel in time.

The Protagonist and his trusty friend, Neil, travel from India, to Norway and a few other scenic locations in between to thwart the plans of Andrei, but they need help; so, enter Andrei’s wife, Kat. Kat has been trying to break free of her abusive marriage with Andrei for some time, but their son keeps them together.

Kat reluctantly partners with The Protagonist and Neil to bring down Andrei with the hope of keeping her son safe; not to mention, the entire world…

TENET’s story moves very quickly. Because of the pacing, the movie might take many viewings to figure out the plot. The sound, like many Nolan movies is also loud with often suppressed dia-logue; so, if viewers aren’t attentive, they’ll miss key points of dialogue. TENET’s sky-high budg-et only needs polishing the aforementioned areas. That said, there are a few sweet thematic nuggets including a mother’s devotion to her son and a stellar amount of intrigue that the character display.

TENET has a light humanist worldview about time travel, but there’s no hint of eternity, and the characters only have a materialist life, mitigated by frequent mention of saving the world, but that is only done by humans. For these reasons and depictions of heavy violence and some drug use, MOVIEGUIDE recommends extreme caution for teenagers and adults.

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