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Published Date: 29/09/2020

A (Spoiler Free) Glimpse At Tenet 

A secret agent embarks on a dangerous, time-bending mission to prevent the start of World War III.

Oh wow! That's a one-liner description above, but truly where do you begin to explain and decipher Christopher Nolan's Tenet?

First up: rest assured this is a spoiler free look at Tenet!

Secondly a question: how many times have you see the film? We have seen so many valued Showcasers return time and time again, just to take in the majesty of it all, but also to begin to piece together some of the intricacies.

Nolan's Tenet is big and bold and of course beautiful and at times baffling. It is a film that is made for repeat viewing on the Showcase big screen.

Remarkably Dunkirk (2017) saw Nolan win his first best director Oscar nomination but of course he has delivered some of the most inventive and original blockbusters of the last few decades: his Dark Knight trilogy reinvented the comic book crusader and Inception (2010) and Interstellar (2014) took us on mind bending journeys. But with Tenet, released via our friends at Warner Bros, we are in a whole new sphere.

We are of course used to unpacking a Christopher Nolan film long into the night; think of the discussions when you first saw Memento (2000) and The Prestige (2006); but Tenet is a film you can hypothesise about forever!

One thing we can be sure about is that John David Washington as 'The Protagonist' exudes all the charm of a great leading man, absolutely at home carrying a blockbuster. Without giving away any secrets, what Nolan puts him through is simply staggering – almost literally through the wringer! He must have left the film physically battered and bruised, and it would seem psychologically not a little worse for wear. They actor has confessed to "still kind of grasping" Nolan's Tenet universe.

Speaking to GQ's Hype he had this to say:

"I mean, literally on the first read, I thought I understood it, strangely. In my delirium, I thought I totally had, and I realised as the day went on, 'Ah, I don’t have it at all.'

"But to answer your question directly, I’m still kind of grasping it..."

Yes! We hear you John!! And we love Tenet all the more for it!

Of course Washington is more than ably supported by co-stars Robert Pattinson, Kenneth Branagh and Elizabeth Debicki in this mind-bending cinematic extravaganza!

Tenet is out now at Showcase Cinemas