- 2 hr 30 min
In the fantasy action thriller Tenet, a secret agent is given the task of stopping World War III. His mission is far from an ordinary one, however. He must travel through to confront the cause of the war. He must also challenge the laws that govern the natural world. His only weapon is a single word, a code that will help him do what he needs to do. The film was written and directed by Christopher Nolan. Like many of Nolan's movies, Tenet uses a twisted plot with out-of-sequence events that make the storyline challenging to follow. The screenplay reportedly took Nolan more than a decade to finally write. The production budget of the film was very big. Work on the film began in 2018, and shooting spanned several months in several different locations around the world. Photography was finished in 2019. The film was due to be released in early 2020 but was delayed when the coronavirus pandemic caused the closing of most movie theaters around the globe. The release date was pushed back three times. Tenet became the first major film to be released after the beginning of the pandemic. It opened in the UK in August and in the United States in September. Unfortunately, audiences were not drawn to seeing the movie in theaters. Due to the film's extravagant budget and poor ticket sales, it lost money. Despite this, Nolan has been critical of other films that have been released directly to streaming home video.