Tenet ★★★½

In the English language, natural palindromes are generally short and extemporaneous: eye, noon, rotor, civic, level, kayak etc. When extended beyond a singular word into a medley, they must be carefully constructed, and often lose logical or grammatical coherence in the making: Rats live on no evil star. Madam, I’m Adam. A man, a plan, a canal—Panama. There are concessions that must be made in order for the whole thing to work, and Tenet is not immune from this actuality. This is where a lack of coherence becomes forgivable, where understanding gives way to feeling, where the what begins to matter far less than the how.

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