Christopher Nolan Has Revealed The Meaning of Cryptic Film Title 'Tenet'
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"Everything I have for you is one word: Tenet," says Martin Donovan's character at the start of the new trailer for Christopher Nolan's latest head scratcher. "It will open the right doors and some of the wrong ones too. Use it carefully."
The recently released trailer for the upcoming action blockbuster showed that agent John David Washington is on an anti-clock mission to protect World War III from a threat worse than Armageddon, the person who trains it.
Now, in a new specialty in Entertainment Weekly, Nolan has revealed the meaning of the film title and said: "Tenet is the name of the organization in which the protagonist will be included."
His words were repeated by film star Kenneth Branagh, who said: "It is a piece of espionage that deals with a global threat to the world.
Added: “A nuclear holocaust is not the biggest disaster that could hit humanity. Tenet is discussing an even worse option, and she is involved in this stunning treatment of the time that continues Chris Nolan's occupation with films that reach back to Memento via Interstellar and Inception. "
Nolan's cerebral blockbusters often play over time, revolve around tricks and illusions, and show characters blurring the line between good and evil. In Inception, five hours of real time make up fifty hours in a dream world. In Dunkirk, the story is told in three different periods: a week on the beach, a day at sea and an hour in the air; and in memento, the viewer is repeatedly thrown back for ten minutes to mimic the loss of the characters' short-term memory.
Time is clearly a central part of the story in Tenet. The trailer shows that there is a Russian citizen who is played by Robert Pattinson and "can communicate with the future", although it is quickly made clear that this is not a journey through time, but a reversal.
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Inversion means seeing events play backwards before they occur, like watching the future rewind. We can see this in the trailer, in the way the boats seem to be sailing backwards, turning a car backwards and, as the Washington coach explains to him, when he holds up a gun: “You don't shoot the bullet, you catch it. "There is also a theory that the attitude of Washington's character wearing a gas mask is placed under him so that he can work while time is reversed (could that be a connection to Inception's dream worlds?).
Inversion does not bend time so much, but turns it upside down, as was suggested when the first teaser for the film showed the word "Tenet", which turns itself over. There are also clues and theories that suggest that Pattinson's and Washington's characters are both the protagonist, but work in different time frames, which would fit the film's slogan: "Time for a new protagonist". There could be two of each figure, as it fits the movie poster showing two versions of Washington put together in the middle, and as suggested in the trailer, if we seem to see two versions of Elizabeth Debicki's figure.
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Nolan has revealed that Washington "plays an agent known as the protagonist," and adds when asked if he can be considered a black Bond character: "He is very present in the heart of the film. But unlike a bond, it has a very warm emotional accessibility. ”
Whether Pattinson is also a protagonist was laughed at (sent?) By Nolan, who said about his character: "We think his name could be Neil. You never really know what's going on with these identities."
Things are rarely easy in Nolan's films, and the director enjoys loops around the audience, so things often only make sense after several clocks. If Tenet hits theaters this July, you may need 50 more index cards and a red string to find out what all this means.
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