Reviews Of What Is In Theaters Now
TENET - Review
Release Date: September 3, 2020
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh
Plot: A CIA operative joins a dark forces team to try to stop a mad man from destroying the world with a time-altering weapon
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
When the first trailer was released for TENET many months ago I was so excited to see it. After all, it was directed by Christopher Nolan who has made some fantastic films, including a couple of my all-time favorites. It looked like it was going to be a smart, sci-fi, version of a James Bond flick.
Then I finally got to see it.
And I was thoroughly disappointed.
First and foremost, the premise of the film is incredibly confusing, to the point where it was virtually impossible for the characters to properly educate us on what we needed to know in order to follow along with the story. I was so completely confused for the first 40 minutes that by the time things started to gel a little I was too exhausted to care.
Second, a large portion of the important dialogue is almost impossible to hear. For some reason Nolan thought it was a good idea to have major plot points discussed through respirator masks, over headsets while on a noisy ocean, and in several other hard-to-hear environments. Throw on top of that some heavy accents discussing PhD-level science, and it becomes nearly impossible to follow along with what is being said.
The good news is that the acting is incredible. John David Washington leads a fantastic cast in giving the best performances possible on a below average script.
This could have been another INCEPTION, but instead it falls short of being anything worthy of your time or money.