As the 2020 movie calendar gets thinner and thinner, there’s been one constant, the whole time: Tenet. Christopher Nolan’s latest film had firmly planted it’s foot in the ground. Namely, due to wanting to save the theatrical experience (along with the various formats its releasing in) and that’s just how Nolan operates. While we’ve gotten a basic tease in the past, as to the many trippy aspects to the film, but this new full trailer, is sure to get everyone amped. And more confused…in a good way.
Normally we add in an official synopsis here, that succinctly describes things, in terms that aren’t at all confusing. Here’s what we’ve got this time:
“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. “
As with Nolan joint, an air of mystery hangs over what can be gleaned from the trailer. Doesn’t really hurt at all, since the visuals look pretty great. Pretty great in a kind of “who has a 4K projector powerful enough to display this at an abandoned drive-in” way. We know there’s some form of time travel at play. Maybe it’s distortion or manipulation, but things are wonky there. John David Washington shows he’s up for the task of handling quite a bit of action. Robert Pattinson seems to be having a lot of fun. Elizabeth Debicki appears to be central to things. Toss in Kenneth Branagh “communicating with the future” and Michael Came drinking tea and you’ve got box office success. If there’s one thing that can’t be disputed when it comes to Christopher Nolan, it’s that he really knows how to craft a film.
As great as the trailer is, it’s the final beat, that will get everyone’s attention. Nolan again is steadfast that TenetMUST be seen in theaters. When something is to be released digitally, 35mm, 70mm and IMAX, it makes sense. Missing is the July 17th release date. There’s been no official announcement if a delay has happened. Internal sources have stated that Tenet would only hit that date, if 80% of theaters are back operating by that time. Each day that passes, it feels like that might be a stretch.
What did you think of the trailer, dear readers? Do you find yourself as excited for this one, as you were for Interstellar and Inception? We’ll admit the combination of cast, footage and Ludwig Goransson score has us very very curious. Regardless when Tenet comes out (the YouTube description lists 7.17.20), it’ll be worth the wait. Hopefully, it’ll be sooner, rather than later. Until then, we’ll be hard at work playing the trailer in reverse, seeing if there are any hidden messages.