Film Preview: Tenet (2020)

Page Revisions:

(December 29, 2019) Original
(May 31, 2020) New Trailer (#2)
(August 30, 2020) New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#2-#17) / New Release Date (changed from 7/17/20)

Release Date:

September 3, 2020


From IMDb: “An action epic revolving around international espionage, time travel, and evolution.”

Poster Rating: B- / C / B- / D / C (12) / C+

Review: (#1) It’s a somewhat mind-bending design, which should command attention, but it’s got a lot of wasted space here.

(#2) It speaks to the film’s backward and forward in time elements, but does little else to excite. (#3) A strange combination of the first two designs with uninteresting results. (#4) Not too dissimilar from prior designs, it isn’t anything spectacular. (#5-#16) This series of still images from the film with the same logo through all of them feel gimmicky without being interesting. (#17) A cheap looking combination of prior design elements with a few more non-background details thrown in, but that background isn’t at all compelling.

Trailer Rating: B+ / B / C

Review: (#1) You get a small sense of the mentally twisting narrative at play here and that tease is just enough to encourage an audience to keep the film in its mind for viewing later in the year.

(#2) As much as this film looks like a winning Christopher Nolan sci-fi experiment, the trailer doesn’t do much to assuage the uncertainty about the film’s premise. There’s very little here that’s more enticing than the prior trailer was.

(#3) The musical track the lies over this trailer is distracting and it isn’t timed to the action well. We’re battered by countless images from the film, none of which are cohesively cobbled together, which makes for a confusing mess.

Oscar Prospects:

Never count out a Christopher Nolan film when it comes to tech Oscar nominations and this one does look like it will have at least Visual Effects as a major nomination.

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