Tenet firmly establishes Christopher Nolan in the pantheon of the best of the here and now; directors that are juggernauts. Mendez, Tarantino, Fincher, Villeneuve, Cuaron, and Inarritu while names like Scorsese, Spielberg, and Scott begin to take the elder statesmen role of the job. Directors that can helm spectacle but don't have to be tied to either Skywalker or Marvel per se.
Tenet is Nolan at his peak. Like Interstellar, Inception and Memento before it, Tenet shows Nolan in creative mind bending mode instead of straightforward tales of Insomnia, Dark Knight or Dunkirk. In Tenet, one has to pay attention to every shot and subtle clues to get where Nolan wants to take viewers, but the filmmaking is strong regardless of execution.
Like almost every time travel, time changing flick, the paradoxes of changing the future and running into a former self are presented - but under the filter of a $200 million Bond production.
Is John David Wahsington the Protagonist or the Antagonist? Once you realize this is a relationship that relates to the film and story - the pieces fall into place fairly easy. The performances here are solid - with a great assist from Robert Pattinson while Sir Michael Caine plays a character named ...Sir Michael, while Kenneth Branagh is in full Bond villain mode. There is a lot going on here to take in.
The plot does have the mobius strip quality of say a Vanilla Sky, or Edge of Tomorrow or Source Code.
Tenet plays this week in Dawson Creek.