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BURBANK, CA – May 22, 2019 – Filming has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Tenet,” being directed by Christopher Nolan.  

“Tenet,” which is being filmed on location across seven countries, is an action epic evolving from the world of international espionage.

Nolan is directing from his own original screenplay, utilizing a mixture of IMAX® and 70mm film to bring the story to the screen.  

The international ensemble cast is led by John David Washington and also stars Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.  

The film is being produced by Nolan and Emma Thomas.  Thomas Hayslip is serving as executive producer.

Nolan’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Jennifer Lame, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, and visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson.  The score is being composed by Ludwig Göransson.

Warner Bros. Pictures is distributing “Tenet” worldwide and has slated the film for a July 17, 2020 release.  



  • pabziclespabzicles PEx Rookie ⭐
    Christopher Nolan = Hype level : 100%
  • MasterVaderMasterVader PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Just saw a trailer of this before It Chapter Two and I was surprised and hyped!
  • forgforg Administrator PEx Moderator
    edited December 2019



    Warner Bros. Pictures has just released the official trailer of Christopher Nolan’s new film “Tenet.”

    Filmed on location across seven countries utilizing a mixture of IMAX® and 70mm film to bring the story to the screen, “Tenet” is an action epic evolving from the world of international espionage.

    Directed and written by Christopher Nolan, “Tenet’s” international ensemble cast is led by John David Washington and also stars Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.  

    The film is produced by Nolan and Emma Thomas.  Nolan’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Jennifer Lame, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, and visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson.  The score is being composed by Ludwig Göransson.

    In Philippine cinemas July 16, “Tenet” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.  Connect with #Tenet
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    Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled brand new images from Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film “Tenet.”  Check them out below and watch “Tenet” only in cinemas soon.

  • forgforg Administrator PEx Moderator

    Warner Bros. Pictures has just revealed new art for Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” only in Philippine cinemas Wednesday, August 12

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    Warner Bros. Pictures has just unveiled new international posters for Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” (in Philippine cinemas soon).



    About “Tenet”


    John David Washington is the new Protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi action spectacle “Tenet.”


    Armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.


    Not time travel.  Inversion.


    The international cast of “Tenet” also includes Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Martin Donovan, Fiona Dourif, Yuri Kolokolnikov, Himesh Patel, Clémence Poésy, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.


    Nolan wrote and directed the film, utilizing a mixture of IMAX® and 70mm film to bring the story to the screen.  “Tenet” is produced by Emma Thomas and Nolan.  Thomas Hayslip served as executive producer.


    Nolan’s behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Jennifer Lame, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson, and special effects supervisor Scott Fisher.  The score is composed by Ludwig Göransson.


    “Tenet” was filmed on location across seven countries.


    Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Syncopy Production, a Film by Christopher Nolan, “Tenet.”  Warner Bros. Pictures is distributing “Tenet” in theatres and IMAX worldwide.

    Join the conversation online and connect with #Tenet

  • TheSVTheSV PEx Rookie ⭐
    Feeling ko sa October pa 'to ipapalabas satin, after siguro ng WW84.
  • forgforg Administrator PEx Moderator
    ^ As of now, this is ready to screen here, just waiting for cinemas to be allowed to open
  • TheSVTheSV PEx Rookie ⭐
    forg said:
    ^ As of now, this is ready to screen here, just waiting for cinemas to be allowed to open
    Let's hope nga na we still get to see it ASAP. My most anticipated movie of the year. If only MOA would utilize their IMAX screen again though. :disappointed:
  • mr_boy007mr_boy007 PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Will finally see Tenet tomorrow in IMAX! Excited na ako! 
  • TheSVTheSV PEx Rookie ⭐
    edited August 2020
    ^big sana all haha. Sa IMAX 70mm ka ba manonood?
  • mr_boy007mr_boy007 PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ^Yep! Base ako sa Amsterdam.  =)

    Just like any other Nolan movie this one needs to be seen not just once or twice! It’s like Memento meets Inception! :rock_on: Panuorin ko ulit this weekend! 

    Elizabeth Debicki :heart:
    Kenneth Branagh :bow:

    I haven’t been active in PEX lately so I’m not sure how to make spoiler tags, so I won’t post any spoilers.. but if you’re a Nolan fan you’ll absolutely love Tenet. :grin: Plus that Travis Scott soundtrack is awesome, it’s now on repeat in my playlist! 

  • bolickylickybolickylicky Member PEx Expert 🎖️
    mr_boy007 said:
    Will finally see Tenet tomorrow in IMAX! Excited na ako! 
    how was it? w/o giving out spoilers of course...

    klaro ba boses? lol had a hard time listening to the actor's convos in Dunkirk and Interstellar...apparently many had the same complaint...or depende rin sa cinema?
  • forgforg Administrator PEx Moderator



    Warner Bros. Pictures has debuted the final trailer and behind-the-scenes look for Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi action spectacle “Tenet.”

    Check out the videos below and watch “Tenet” only in Philippine cinemas soon.

  • mr_boy007mr_boy007 PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    mr_boy007 said:
    Will finally see Tenet tomorrow in IMAX! Excited na ako! 
    how was it? w/o giving out spoilers of course...

    klaro ba boses? lol had a hard time listening to the actor's convos in Dunkirk and Interstellar...apparently many had the same complaint...or depende rin sa cinema?
    I love the movie. Saw it twice na! It's another mindf*ck experience. If you're a movie buff you need to see it on the big screen not just once. Sana mag open na ulit ang malls diyan sa Manila (with the "new normal" regulations of course), I'm excited to talk about it with my siblings. 

    You really have to focus on the parts where they explain how the inversion works. But then again when Fleur Delacour was explaining it to the protagonist she said herself: "Don't try to understand it, feel it". I think it's in one of the trailers so that's not a spoiler! =)

    I love the movie and ever since The Dark Knight I've always made sure to see all of Nolan's film on the first day of release to avoid spoilers. The only thing I felt was missing was the emotional impact I felt in Memento, Prestige, TDK trilogy, Inception, Interstellar (that last scene where Murph says "Because my dad promised me.." always gets me). The ending, just like Inception, left me asking questions like is Neil Kat's son, Max? I kinda thought he was...

  • AppleBeeGeeAppleBeeGee PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited September 2020

    ‘Tenet’ Review: A Disappointing Step Backward For Chris Nolan

    John David Washington and Robert Pattinson in Chris Nolan's 'Tenet'

    Gorgeous visuals and game performances can’t compensate for generic action, thin characters and a needlessly convoluted plot. Oh, and it would be nice if we could hear all of that exposition...

    I don’t know what Chris Nolan has against dialogue. What was a glorified joke with Tom Hardy’s masked monologuing in The Dark Knight Rises and a relative annoyance in Interstellar becomes a clear and present danger in Tenet. Yes, film is a visual medium, but Tenet is an espionage thriller with copious amounts of exposition, related to both the plot and to the scientific principles in play. Once again, the audio mix emphasizes music, key sound effects and seemingly irrelevant background noise over dialogue. I sat dead center in the third row of an IMAX auditorium (far from anyone else, natch) while wearing my hearing aides and I still had a terrible time understanding much of the dialogue. For a film that’s supposed to show audiences that theatrical moviegoing is worth saving, Tenet will probably play better on Blu-ray with the subtitles turned on.

    Maybe the obfuscation of the audio, which once again often involves characters speaking to each other in hushed tones while wearing face masks, is a way to make the film seem more complex and complicated than it actually is. Yes, it’s a $200 million-plus global espionage actioner, and yes the gimmick involves time inversion which allows objects and people to move backward through time, but this is mostly just seasoning for a conventional spy thriller, one whose desire to be cryptic and mysterious negates our investment in the ongoing plot as well as the impressively-staged action. The movie is almost comedically ambiguous, with characters going out of their way to avoid revealing essential information to their peers (or us), which renders the proceedings a mere shell of a James Bond/Mission: Impossible flick. At its worst, it feels like a parody of a stereotypical Chris Nolan movie.

      Contrary to early notices, there are indeed moments of droll humor, most of it courtesy of John David Washington’s unnamed “Protagonist.” This is Nolan’s first movie with a non-white lead, and there is a sharp undercurrent of dry wit concerning Washington getting to play through the tropes usually reserved for guys who look like Robert Pattinson or Michael Caine. Caine has a single scene where he comments upon Washington’s initial unease, as this glorified John Clarke has to pretend to be James Bond, while Pattinson pops up as Neil (he gets a name) the sidekick. The two of them have a warm chemistry. Truth be told, for all the spectacle, action and fantastical science, some of the best scenes just involve characters chatting with each other, including Washington holding his own with Kenneth Branagh as a diabolical Russian oligarch. Non-spoiler: He’s the bad guy.

      Branagh’s spouse (Elizabeth Debicki, superb as always) ends up a pawn in this battle of wills, as the glorified trophy wife forced to stay with a man she loathes out of concern for her son. She’s a damsel through and through, and potential meta-commentary/self-criticism aside, it’s a classic example of how it doesn’t matter how “strong” or “fierce” a female character is shown to be if she mostly exists to be imperiled. Dimple Kapadia fares better as a self-serving arms dealer who only tells our Protagonist (and thus us) as little as he needs to know. Think Vanessa Redgrave in Mission: Impossible, and her scenes with Washington crackle accordingly. Yesterday’s Himesh Patel pops up as a key ally during a second-act heist/caper, and it doesn’t go unnoticed that Nolan is making a point to offer a comparatively inclusive cast of heroes and anti-heroes.

      No spoilers, but Branagh’s goals and motivations, concerning who gets to write history and how your story ends, play out as a tale of an entitled rich white dude potentially imperiling the world while a Black secret agent is pointedly anointed as the only man who can stop him. Pattinson is cheerfully riding shotgun, and Washington’s presence as the unmitigated lead in a $200 million action movie from one of the most bankable directors on the planet is exactly the kind of thing we all talk about when we discuss more inclusive blockbusters. It’s like John Boyega starring in Pacific Rim: Uprising, except people might actually see this one. Washington are Pattinson make such a good team that you’ll wish that the movie was more about them as people/characters going on a spy adventure versus them being glorified action figures for a plot > character spectacle.

      Tenet is more concerned staging comparatively generic action sequences than about making sure that those sequences matter in terms of story or character. Most of what we see is practical, and it’s technically impressive. But the stunts, fights and chases don’t really matter on an emotional or even narrative level. Non-spoiler example, but the movie involves the crashing of an empty plane to cause a distraction, and yet the entire sequence only exists presumably because Nolan wanted to crash a real plane. There is little reaction beyond “The actors really did that stunt!” or “That car really flipped over and crashed.” Even the time inversion gimmick really doesn’t come into play until late in the game, and frankly the climax (slight spoiler) devolves into a random mish-mash of machine gun fire and explosions involving military-clad extras that will remind you of your least favorite Transformers movie.

      That so much of the dialogue is indecipherable is a symptom of how the picture prioritizes explosions over dialogue, garbled exposition over character development and twisty plots over audience investment. Chris Nolan’s Tenet goes all in on spectacle and blockbuster content while caring so little about everything else that the lead has no actual name and the threat isn’t clearly defined until close to the end of the film. It’s a big, noisy “stuff happens” action movie, with little else offered to entertain us. It plays almost like a work of self-parody. It’s seemingly made by Nolan the stereotype not Nolan the guy who went full-melodrama with Interstellar and made sure Inception had enough character work for us to care. Tenet is the first Nolan film that seems more concerned with looking cool than being good. And while it looked great in IMAX, it’ll probably play better with subtitles.


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      Tenet Review: Christopher Nolan Makes a Bracing Time Travel Mess

      Big and loud and invigorating as it is, the year’s most anticipated film can’t overpower its flaws. 
      SEPTEMBER 1, 2020
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      I kind of hope no one ever successfully explains to me what an algorithm actually is. Because it’s too useful to only have a faint idea. The vaguer concept is such a good tool for reasoning out the world that it’s become almost an article of faith. Whenever something weird or wonky happens on the Internet—and increasingly in real life—I can simply blame The Algorithm, whatever that might be. It’s nice to have an ignorant belief in a thing—a string of code, maybe?—that gives fault to our stars. The algorithm! It’s always the algorithm.

      That thought crossed my mind watching Christopher Nolan’s new film Tenet, which comes to rely on an algorithm pretty heavily in its final, confusing act. Nolan probably has a better grasp on what he’s talking about than I do, but in Tenet, the algorithm is still employed as mere easy shorthand, a catch-all MacGuffin that means everything and nothing. Which provides Tenet with one of its few access points: it reminds us that Nolan is just making this ***** up, much like the rest of us.

      It’s important to bear this in mind should you choose to brave the theater-going experience to see Tenet yourself. I went to a very small press screening in a city with a low coronavirus infection rate (currently, at least), and so was treated to an arguably safer experience than many people will potentially face at their local multiplex. Make the decision for yourself, and wear a mask if you opt to go. (You’ll likely be required to.) But anyway, viewing Tenet as a silly bit of bombast rather than a legible, serious work of science-fiction will aid in your enjoyment. Trying to really get it will lead only to frustration. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

      The movie, as you may have guessed from the trailers and early reviews (it’s been playing overseas for over a week now), is about time travel. But this is not the kind of time travel that has someone winking out of the present and popping up in olden times or some terrifyingly gleaming future. The temporal exploration of Tenet is hard and grinding, and is achieved second by grueling second. It’s a process that only looks fast and cool from the reverse perspective. Which is an interesting, and fresh, way to reexamine a well-worn trope, the bracingly practical and technical (if not plausible) approach that has become a hallmark of Nolan’s filmmaking.

      Time travel gives Nolan the opportunity to craft a kind of palindromic symmetry in Tenet; we see some set pieces happen forward in time and in reverse. This doesn’t happen terribly often in the film, though, which may come as a disappointment to people looking for the immersive, holistic plunge of Inception. Mostly, Tenet is a straightforward caper movie—maximally staged and very, very loud, but flimsy at its heart. It’s been said that this is Nolan’s version of a James Bond movie, with its supervillain and its gadgets and its exotic locales. That similarity is certainly there. It’s also a true “blank check movie,” an opportunity for Nolan to play with all his favorite toys—planes, aerial photography, women characters there to provide emotional ballast—without the onus of rebuilding a franchise or, y’know, honoring the soldiers of W.W. II.

      After a despairing two hours with The New Mutants, I found that to be a welcome pleasure. It’s invigorating, to be subsumed by two and a half hours of Nolan’s impressive pomp. Tenet is a real big-screen movie, a towering sensory riot that sent me out of the theater buzzing and rattled. What joy, to feel that again after so many months spent in the plain confines of home.

      Had this movie arrived in a different timeline—one in which COVID never happened—Tenet’s many flaws would likely be more glaring. The script, for one, is a mess. Not because it’s hard to follow, or because Nolan knows what he means but fails to properly explain it to us; I don’t really mind those things, though they do start to get aggravating around the two-hour mark. The real problem with the writing is more basic: it’s awfully trite, a lot of boilerplate action-thriller dialogue that clangs leadenly against Nolan’s sleek aesthetic. The luxe cool of the movie is frequently undermined by dumb lines spoken with strained gravitas.

      John David Washington is the lead, playing a character called the Protagonist, who is some sort of special ops somebody. Washington is a fine actor, open and alert and graced with a natural movie-star appeal. But like several of the suits he wears in the film, Tenet is a bad fit. He can’t quite get Nolan’s clunkers out with the cocksure suavity they require. Could anyone? I don’t know. Maybe not. But Washington’s particular energy—the warmth and un-cloying sweetness that make him so engaging in other roles—doesn’t sync with this movie.

      The antagonist of the film, a Blofeld-esque Russian baddie with world-ending ambitions, is played by Kenneth Branagh, who recycles the Slavic hamminess of his Jack Ryan villain to disastrous effect. Washington simply doesn’t click with Tenet, but Branagh is downright bad in it. The dialogue he’s been given certainly don’t help, but I suspect even a more elegant script would have been chewed up by all of his mugging.

      Robert Pattinson glides more easily through the film, mostly because he gets to play the fun guy—the Tom Hardy in Inception to Washington’s Leonardo DiCaprio. In loose linen suits and a Nolan-ish mop of hair, Pattinson lends the film a needed air of languid nonchalance. He’s having a good time, because he’s been allowed to. Elizabeth Debicki, playing the high-class moll to Branagh’s arms dealer, mostly just re-performs her role in The Night Manager. She’s good at that part, but I wish she had something new to do.

      By the end of Tenet, even Nolan’s keen facility for spectacle has begun to fail him. The final set piece is a bracing siege on some kind of military base, a cacophony of gunfire and explosions that renders the core time-travel concept of Tenet more compellingly and convincingly than it has been elsewhere in the film. But that’s not saying much. It’s still really hard to understand what the hell is going on, and all the head-scratching starts to hurt pretty quickly. Nolan’s decision to stage this already confusing melee with all of his actors in obfuscating visored helmets was, perhaps, a poor one.

      Picking apart what exactly is confusing about Tenet’s plot would take me too far into spoiler territory. But in a general sense, the film’s tangle of paradoxes is dense and opaque enough to become uninviting. By the end of the film, which teases lightly at a potential franchise that I don’t think will ever happen, I didn’t want to dive further into Tenet’s logical knot—I wanted to swat it away. Maybe a second or third viewing of the film will crack it open for me. But those revisits will have to wait while our world struggles to rescue its own future.


    • AppleBeeGeeAppleBeeGee PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

      Tenet's John David Washington admits he still doesn’t quite understand the film

      "I’m still kind of grasping it…"


      Tenet star John David Washington has admitted he still doesn’t quite understand the film.

      The actor plays the protagonist, who's only referred to as Protagonist in the movie, which finally made its way to UK cinemas last week.

      While the movie became certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes in its first reviews, general feelings about the film have been mixed — though Digital Spy thought it was an original if confusing story.

      Speaking recently, John confessed even he's still a little confused and is "still kind of grasping" the plot after originally thinking he'd sussed it.

      tenet robert pattinson john david washington

      "I mean, literally on the first read, I thought I understood it, strangely," he told GQ Hype.

      "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..."


      The comments follow his co-star Robert Pattinson revealing he was also confused by the plot while filming the movie.

      "A lot of the stuff in this movie is expositional world-building stuff and a dense story," he told The Irish Times.

      john david washington and robert pattinson in tenet

      "And the script makes that accessible to a layman. And that's really difficult to get that balance of making it sound like natural dialogue and trying to get across information that you probably need a PhD to understand properly.

      "And then you have to put it in the mouth of someone like me, who can barely add."

      If you need a little help understanding what's going on, you can check out our explainer here.


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      RT score as of 2 Sept 2020

    • TheSVTheSV PEx Rookie ⭐
      Magkakaroon ulit ng drive-in cinema next week (this time sa MOA) but I really hope magbukas ulit yung mga indoor cinemas dito, most especially IMAX, for this. I have plans to skip Wonder Woman 1984 next month just to see Tenet twice, kahit sa LIEMAX man lang since MOA no longer utilizes their giant IMAX screen anyway.
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