Tenet is all set up to be another one of Christopher Nolan's masterpieces. Here's everything we know so far about the upcoming action-thriller.
Could Tenet be the big blockbuster to get people rushing back to the theaters once the COVID-19 pandemic is over? Many seem to think so. Tenet is Christopher Nolan's next film and if it's one thing Nolan is good at is creating masterpieces. Are we expecting this to be his best directorial performance yet? We sure hope so but right now let's explore what we know so far about the upcoming spectacle.
The official synopsis for Tenet is incredibly vague. It doesn't really say what the film is about and the trailer really doesn't help much either. The official plot reads:
An action epic film evolving from the world of international espionage.
The trailer gave us a bit more detail, revealing that the protagonist and his companions are trying to stop World War III that is apparently worse than a nuclear holocaust. So what exactly is the kind of war that they are trying to prevent? Beats me. I guess we'll just have to watch the movie to find out. Or maybe the next trailer.
Because it's a Nolan film we could easily have expected Michael Caine to be in the cast sheet. He's basically in all the major Nolan films. John David Washington plays our main protagonist. He is joined by Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, and as mentioned earlier, Michael Caine.
Tenet is slated to be released on July 17, 2020. It has yet to change its release date because of the Coronavirus pandemic. But it is highly likely that the film's release will be pushed back further as Los Angeles has extended its stay-at-home orders through July. We'll just have to wait and see how it all goes.
The likelihood of Tenet going straight to VOD is very low. This is Christopher Nolan we're talking about. Nolan is a firm believer in movie theaters. He even once dissed Netflix telling Indiewire that Netflix’s “aversion to supporting theatrical films” was a bizarre decision.
“They have this mindless policy of everything having to be simultaneously streamed and released, which is obviously an untenable model for theatrical presentation,” Nolan said. “So they’re not even getting in the game, and I think they’re missing a huge opportunity.”
He later apologized for his statements against the streaming giant but still holds his core belief in movie theaters. When cinemas began shutting down he wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post saying:
"When this crisis passes, the need for collective human engagement, the need to live and love and laugh and cry together, will be more powerful than ever, The combination of that pent-up demand and the promise of new movies could boost local economies and contribute billions to our national economy. We don’t just owe it to the 150,000 workers of this great American industry to include them in those we help, we owe it to ourselves. We need what movies can offer us."
The trailer for Tenet was released on the 19th of December 2019 and amassed over 20 million views on YouTube. Check it out below.
The second trailer was released on May 21st, 2020 and within just a few hours was trending on YouTube.
Check out the poster below: