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Breaking Down The New �Tenet� Trailer: 5 Takeaways All Christopher Nolan Fans Probably Noticed

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Back in December 2019, maverick director Christopher Nolan released our first look at Tenet - and by all means, the filmâs time travel shenanigans, mysterious apocalyptic plot and signature mindf*ck appeal that weâve come to know and love from Nolan, were all very much present.

Earlier today, Nolan fans the world over relived the hype as Warner Bros. released the filmâs second trailer - and with more scenes to break down and overanalyse, film buffs everywhere picked up pen and paper and got set to dissecting a premise that makes even Inception look like childâs play.

Here are five things weâve discovered from a deep dive into the trailer number two for the much-awaited film:

1. A Mysteriously Absent Release Date

Breaking Down The New âTenetâ Trailer © Warner Bros.

Back when the original trailer hit the internet, we all set our calendars for July 17th - the original release date. This time around, the date has been replaced with a 'coming to theatresâ message. 

Given that distributor Warner Bros hasn't yet set a new release date, let's assume it's on course for now - or likely to change as the COVID-19 crisis keeps theatres out of business.

Just another thing to add to the ever-growing list of Coronavirus pandemic related agonies weâve had to face this year.

2. Are We In For A Chemical Apocalypse?

Breaking Down The New âTenetâ Trailer © Warner Bros.

Given the sinister tones and implied negative motivations of Kenneth Branaghâs character in what weâve seen so far, itâs not a stretch of the imagination to assume that heâll be playing the filmâs central antagonist. 

As spelt out by Clémence Poésy's character, he might be the cause behind an upcoming âWorld War III'. We see Branagh wearing an oxygen mask right in the middle of an open freeway - so, chances are that we might see the threat of worldwide chemical warfare take a central role in the film.

3. Robert Pattinsonâs Character

Breaking Down The New âTenetâ Trailer © Warner Bros.

One great, if short reveal from this trailer revolves around none other than Robert Pattinsonâs character, who has previously described his role as a âChristopher Hitchens typeâ, Hitchens being the late, controversial journalist and social commentator for the likes of The Daily Mail. We've no idea how that will translate into the world of a Christopher Nolan movie.

What we do know is that part of the filmâs massive $225 million budget will involve Pattinson dramatically suggesting crashing a huge, grounded jumbo jet into a building, telling us that heâll certainly be wielding some comedic banter aside John David Washington in Tenet - perhaps a welcome distraction from constantly having our minds chewed up from all the high-concept plot.

4. Time Travel? More Like Time Inversion

Breaking Down The New âTenetâ Trailer © Warner Bros.

John David Washington's central figure says they're not dealing with time travel but âtime inversionâ. This is demonstrated when he appears to fire a gun at a target, only to be told that he hasn't fired the bullet, but instead captured it inside the chamber. 

With Pattinson previously stating that his character isnât a âtime-travellerâ, weâre left just as bewildered as we were back when trailer one released.

Currently, the most well-backed theory is that instead of simply travelling back and forth through time, Pattinson and Washington instead travel into a fourth dimension of sorts - a reality where past, present and future all coexist, giving the paranormal pair the ability to switch through different outcomes like trains on multiple tracks.

Like I said - Inception ainât got nothing on this.

5. Sleeping Through Explosions

Breaking Down The New âTenetâ Trailer © Warner Bros.

While the trailer is full of âwhat the f*ck?â moments from start to finish, one, in particular, that might have gone unnoticed was an action scene that seems to take place in a musical auditorium - with a live orchestra upfront. 

Whatâs weird here is that amidst explosions and gunfights, the entire audience seems to be sound asleep, dead or unconscious - while a moving arm in the background suggests that the orchestra isnât so. 

Confused? So are we - and we canât wait for more.


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