The film’s opening Kiev Opera House assault has a starring role in TENET’s final trailer, and the more we see of it, the more phenomenal the sequence looks.
We see terrorists entering the cavernous auditorium, Ukrainian SWAT police fanning out around the complex, the first glimpse of time inversion as a bullet flies out of splintered wood, and a mahoosive explosion as someone – John David Washington’s Protagonist, perhaps? – exfiltrates an important somebody from the opera house.
In a word – awesome.
We also have more footage suggesting Elizabeth Debicki’s Kat is TENET’s linchpin – instrumental in bringing The Protagonist and Kenneth Branagh’s villainous oligarch, Andrei Sator within striking distance of one another.
She’s clearly scared of her megalomaniac hubby – for good reason.
But is Washington’s Protagonist interested in her safety, or merely the mission to avoid a fate worse than World War III?
The final trailer is full of exciting glimpses of the film’s groundbreaking, how-did-they-do-that? time inversion trickery, where the action appears to be flowing forwards and backwards simultaneously. The reforming car wing mirror is cool, as is the (un)exploding aftemath of a Boeing 747 crash that was actually filmed.
But the sequence that’s had us rewatching the final TENET trailer on a loop is the backwards/forwards fistfight between The Protagonist and an anonymous soldier. We’re not entirely sure we understand what’s happening, but it’s ridiculously cool to watch.
Much has been made of Nolan’s reveal that his crew built the largest outdoor set in moviemaking history for TENET.
But in this trailer, we finally get to see it and it more than lives up to the hype.
We see a shattered desert city under assault from an unknown army, with rubble everywhere, explosions blooming and reversing within the same frame and all hell breaking loose.
It looks monumentally epic.
Perhaps the biggest revelation in the final TENET trailer is the music scoring it – a new Travis Scott track called 'The Plan' that could not evoke the on-screen action better.
With the pulsing menace of its bass, and driving, urgent vocal, 'The Plan' was written specifically for TENET and in collaboration with Nolan and TENET’s composer, Ludwig Göransson.
Of Scott’s work on TENET, Nolan told GQ, “His voice became the final piece of a yearlong puzzle”.
All we know is that 'The Plan' is very fire.
Armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.
Not time travel. Inversion.
The latest film from Christopher Nolan, starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, and Elizabeth Debicki.