• Cinematography
  • Storytelling
  • Effects
  • Sound mixing
  • Soundtrack
  • Acting


  • Sometimes too difficult to follow
  • Can be overwhelming

Final Verdict

A mind-blowing, intense, and an emotional rollercoaster that will make you spin on your chair and your brain think 3 times faster.

I’ve written this review less than 24 hours after watching TENET in the cinema. Actually, I have been to the cinema after a 6 months long break due to the COVID_19 pandemic. To be very honest, I kind of liked it as there were only 5 more people spread across the room. As we were all wearing masks and eating or drinking is prohibited, I could fully focus on the movie without hearing all the crunching and talking.

And how do I feel about the new Christopher Nolans movie? Was it really worth watching in the cinema? Or should I (or you) wait for it to be released on home video?

TENET – the first impression

I guess that people who will watch TENET will either love it or hate it. There is no way someone will be in the middle saying “oh well, that was a solid action movie”. And why I am so confident about it?

Firstly, TENET is a movie written and directed by Christopher Nolan. The guy who gave us one of the best movies in the last 20 years. Like the Dark Knight trilogy, Man of Steel, The Prestige, Dunkirk, Interstellar, or Inception. In all his movies Nolan gave us something old, presumably something that we all kind of understand. Then he remade it in a way that our heads were spinning like the spinning top in the Inception movie.

And as with all the Nolans movies, the fanbase was always split into 2 groups. The lovers or haters. The casual viewers were always out.

As TENET is build in a similar way it is very natural that the feedback will be the same.

To me TENET is a good movie that made me think almost all the time. The first impression could be put into words like: mind blowing, emotional rollercoaster, goosebumps, action, WTF or no way.

Once the movie ended I was full of emotions and still did not understand half of the things I’ve seen just some minutes ago. Nolan has its trademarks in effects, storytelling, and filming but each of his movies just kicks you in the face differently. The aftershock was so strong that I couldn’t stop thinking about it even before I went to sleep. And when I woke up the situation was the same. I was thinking about this bloody “TENET” again.

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TENET – conclusion.

So if you ask me if you should watch it in the cinema, my answer will be definitely yes. Go and watch it for yourself, I can just recommend it. The effects and sound mixing is great, the soundtrack from Ludwig Göransson will give your ears a shock and the main actors are beyond great.

But if you ask me if this movie is for everyone I will just say no. Nolans writing and storytelling are so specific that half of the people will not understand half of the things. And the other half that will think that they do will be searching for more answers and immediately demand a TENET 2.0. Mostly because they will not understand that everything was actually explained in the first movie.

TENET – movie overview

Official Storyline:

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.

Written and directed: Christopher Nolan

Official Movie Soundtrack: Ludwig Göransson


John David Washington – the Protagonist

Robert Pattinson – Neil

Elizabeth Debicki – Kat

Dimple Kapadia – Priya

Martin Donovan – Victor

Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Ives

Michael Caine – Sir Michael Crosby

Kenneth Branagh – Andrei Sator

Lenght: 2h 31 minutes

Office box: opening weekend $53,600,000 worldwide

Official Trailer:

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