Someone might watch Tenet the first time and say they totally understand the movie. If someone does, they are lying.
The characters within this science fiction action-thriller speak of things, which don’t exist in our reality — like “un-firing” a bullet, drinking cyanide as a test of loyalty, objects moving backwards through time, and turnstiles which can invert the entropy of objects and people.
Basically, the plot follows a secret agent (John David Washington) as he manipulates the flow of time to prevent World War III.
Fans will recognize Washington from his tenure with the HBO television series Ballers, which ran for 47 episodes from 2015-2019.
With stunts galore in Tenet, I’m sure it didn’t hurt Washington was a football player of note before he turned to acting. As a Morehouse College senior, Washington led the conference in rushing with 1,198 yards (a school record). He also had a 5.6-yard average, nine touchdowns, and ten receptions for 69 yards. In his college career, Washington holds the school's single-game (242 yards) and career (3,699 yards) rushing records.
He was a letterman in football, basketball, and track. He graduated from high school in 2002 and from Morehouse College in 2006.
One of the first things I noticed about this new film is it had a similar look and feel to one of Director Christopher Nolan’s earlier works, Inception.
While Tenet is not a direct Inception sequel, Washington himself has confirmed the films are related.
The second thing I thought of was one of my favorite low-budget sci-fi thrillers Primer. Time-travel in both movies work according to a “closed-loop” theory — i.e., everything that has happened in the past has already happened.
On first watch, we don’t really understand a lot that’s going on — that’s why other characters explain things to Washington (not just so he’ll understand but so the audience will understand too).
Washington, himself also suggest we rewatch Tenet.
“I don't know if I have any advice, but I think it's a great opportunity to really maybe understand deeper the movements [in] a lot of the action sequences and fighting and the inverted punching and blocking and all those kinds of things,” he said. “To be able to see it comfy in your own home and have the ability to rewind or pause to really if you want, like, Monday-morning quarterback or enjoy the fighting sequence breakdown, the opportunity to do that is pretty cool.”