Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.
In a twilight world of international espionage, an unnamed CIA operative, known as The Protagonist, is recruited by a mysterious organization called Tenet to participate in a global assignment that unfolds beyond real time. The mission: prevent Andrei Sator, a renegade Russian oligarch with precognition abilities, from starting World War III. The Protagonist will soon master the art of "time inversion" as a way of countering the threat that is to come.Written by
The word 'Tenet' presumably originated from the Sator Square - a word square containing a five-word Latin palindrome that dates back to the ruins of Pompeii. The puzzle is a five-by-five square made up of five 5-letter words written in five lines: SATOR, AREPO, TENET, OPERA, and ROTAS. In every direction the square is rotated, these five words appear both horizontally and vertically - a property that fits the time inversion feature of the film. It is also notable that all five words appear in the film: Kenneth Branagh's character is named Andrei SATOR, the forger responsible for the painting and Kat (Elizabeth Debicki)'s former lover is named Laurence AREPO, the term TENET is the name of the organization that the Protagonist is recruited into, and ROTAS is the name of the security company. See more »
At the beginning of the movie, the Protagonist sees an inverted bullet fly backwards through a person in real-time, causing damage in real-time. Later, he sees an inverted bullet fly backwards through a glass window and "heal" it in real-time, meaning it caused damage retroactively. This is contradictory and they cannot do both. Unless the glass is also inverted, this scene breaks the movie's own rules about reverse-entropy. See more »
What's happened, happened. I get it now. But it's harder to take things on trust from people speaking half-truths.
That's not fair.
You were a part of this before we met. Were you working for Priya?
Who recruited you, Neil?
Can't possibly do you any good to know that right now. When this is over, we're still standing, and you still care, then you can hear my life story, okay?
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The Warner Bros and Syncopy logos are respectively shaded red and blue, the colors used in the film to represent normal/inverted time. See more »
British theatrical version was cut (in one fight scene) to secure the desired "12A" rating. See more »
Well, I've always known I was a little slow to the party but this movie was hard to follow! It might have been the cinema sound mix but my wife and I kept asking each other what they were saying.. the script was hard to hear let alone understand in its abstract form.. we got the gist of the concept but was still hard to piece everything together in the end! I think it's a movie that requires a few watches to wrap ya head round it, but then again i am a little slow.. lol
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