Christopher Nolan’s TENET is easily one of my most anticipated movies of the year, if not the most. The trailer, which released a few months back, kicked our asses and sent us straight to the gates of heaven — it was that awesome. But in typical Nolan fashion, nobody has any idea what the film is about. From the trailer, we can sort of deduce that it’s an espionage film of sorts, in which the lead character’s failure to complete his mission could lead to World War III. There’s also some mindf*ckery time manipulation going on. But that’s not exactly saying much, is it?
Since Warner Bros dropped the trailer a few months back, many have been speculating if could be Nolan’s first fully-fledged time travel movie. But according to the film’s supporting actor, Robert Pattinson, and the director, Tenet doesn’t actually have time travelling in it. In an interview with Indiewire, Pattinson said:
“He’s [Pattinson’s character] not a time traveler. There’s actually no time traveling. That’s, like, the one thing I’m approved to say.”
Pattinson also talked about how he can’t quite remember a lot of things at the beginning of the movie.
“I forgot a lot of things at the beginning of the movie. I was so obsessed with watching Christopher Hitchens debates. You know Christopher Hitchens? A lot of my character stuff, I was trying to do a Chris Hitchens impersonation, and I completely forgot that I was doing that until I saw my notes. I’m so curious. I mean, I literally haven’t seen a frame of this movie.”
We know that Tenet is more than likely going to be a highly complex film. But how complex is it, that even one of the actors in the film can’t quite remember the details? But in an interview with GQ, Christopher Nolan said that Pattinson is merely messing with us and he does in fact has a good understanding of the screenplay.
“The interesting thing with Rob is, he’s slightly fucking with you. But he’s also being disarmingly honest. It’s sort of both things at once. When you see the film, you’ll understand. Rob’s read on the script was extremely acute. But he also understood the ambiguities of the film and the possibilities that spin off in the mind around the story. And so both things are true. Yes, he’s fucking with you, because he had a complete grasp of the script. But a complete grasp of the script, in the case of ‘Tenet,’ is one that understands and acknowledges the need for this film to live on in the audience’s mind, and suggest possibilities in the audience’s mind. And he was very much a partner in crime with that.”