Tenet

Tenet ½

Genuinely feel sad for people who find Nolan’s post-Inception work to be the pinnacle of blockbuster filmmaking. This is dull and dreary work from a filmmaker enamored with his own dimestore concepts to the point where basic essentials of narrative film are discarded in favor of pretzel twists only explainable through long stretches of expository dialogue that don’t  make sense in the scenes they appear in. Pattinson brings a delightful swagger to his role but Washington is a wet rag flopping around dampening any chance for a spark to take hold. The effects are consistently underwhelming; we see most of what is special about them before we fully understand it, so it just sort of looks like weird action. This is basically all of Nolan’s worst tendencies set free; call it Knam.