Christopher Nolan has taken us to worlds beyond our imagination before. He can be masterful at constructing multi-layered storylines that leave the audience buzzing. His latest release, Tenet (2020) feels like an echo to one such story, Inception (2010), but does it provide the same excitement? Here’s our review of Tenet.
WARNING: Spoilers from here on out, so proceed with caution.
Tenet’s plot is anything but easy to follow. The future has discovered a way to make things move backwards through time. They can do this with the entire world, and if they do so it will destroy the past. They believe that this will create a paradox that will reverse the effects of climate change in their time. But one future scientist believes it will destroy them. She takes the algorithm to this act, splits it up, and hides it in the past. Antagonist Andrei Sator, (Kenneth Branagh), find’s this technology as a young soviet. He uses it to become wealthy and is recruited by the future to find the algorithm and destroy the world.
The un-named Protagonist (John David Washington) is recruited to stop these events from unfolding. He slowly learns the information he needs. All through Sator’s abused wife Kat (Elizabeth Debicki). His friend Neil (Robert Pattinson). Arms dealer Priya (Dimple Kapadia). And a scientist named Laura (Clemence Poesy).
With a run time of 2 hours and 30 minutes, it felt more like six.
Nolan has created other complicated stories before, like Inception and the Dark Knight (2008), that feel fast and easy to follow. But during Tenet I found myself checking the time in spite of the compelling story. Every time I expected it to be over, it went on for what felt like another hour. The plot was so complicated that I had to pay close to attention to every line of dialogue. If I missed something I would be hopelessly lost for the next couple of minutes, taking me out of the experience and tempting me to check the time again.
But have no fear, there are two things that save this film. The performances and visual effects. The acting is phenomenal so that when I fell out of the story, I was pulled right back in by key actors. Branagh gave such a spectacular performance I had no idea it was him until the credits rolled. Washington invests the audience into a character with little to no backstory. Pattinson charms the audience with every line delivery, and Debicki’s Kat draws a human interest of a mother clawing her way back to her son.
The visuals of the action sequences of cars and bullets moving backwards through time is jaw dropping as well. So even if I only understood 80% of what was going on, the way it looked was so unique I couldn’t tear my eyes away.
I recommend seeing it in the theatres (safely of course), but I’m not sure when I will be re-watching it.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 6/10
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9 Bands You Forgot Played Themselves In Movies
There are more bands than you think that played themselves on the big screen. Here are nine bands you might’ve forgotten appeared in movies.
1. Alice Cooper – Wayne’s World (1992)
Being a teenager in the nineties was great for many reasons. Two of those being the release of the Wayne’s World movies. The genius that is Mike Myers created one of the best music-based films of all time. Plus, he convinced one of the greatest rock musicians of all time to be in it. If you’re not a geek like me, you may have forgotten that Alice Cooper was featured in the film. It had the iconic scene of Wayne and Garth meeting, Alice, backstage on bent knees. We’re not worthy, indeed. Alice himself pulls off the diva Rockstar brilliantly, even though he’s a genuine, down-to-earth guy who plays a lot of golf.
2. Primus – Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
Let’s try and erase the recent Bill & Ted movie from our memory and head back to 1991 for their bogus journey. They come from the future to kill the non-robot versions of themselves and ruin their performance at a Battle of the Bands competition. What’s cool is the band who are playing before them. Californian alt-metal kings Primus. Although the clip is only short, they play themselves and sound as you would expect. Epic.
3. Fall Out Boy – Sex Drive (2008)
You’d be forgiven for forgetting about this one. The teen sex comedy from 2008 is forgettable and won’t really appeal to anyone apart from its teen target audience. If you can sit through all the cringe-inducing moments, you will spot pop-rockers Fall Out Boy. They are performing in a barn in front of some drunk Amish teenagers. There’s a reason for that, but I won’t bore you with it here. What is good, is the soundtrack of the film. As well as Fall Out Boy, it features Airbourne, AC/DC and weirdly, Kenny Loggins.
4. Twisted Sister – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
Paul Reuben’s character Pee Wee Herman made his big-screen outing in 1985. The children’s show star had a scene where he is being chased through a studio parking lot. Unbeknown to him, glam rockers Twisted Sister are recording a music video on a car. Lead singer Dee Snider is always up for a laugh, so it’s no surprise they’re featured. The clip is brilliant. Pee Wee’s prop-laden bike is just about to crash into Twisted Sister and the look on Dee’s face is genius. Go check out the clip.
5. David Bowie – Zoolander (2001)
Who can forget the brilliant Zoolander? Starring Ben Stiller as the dippy model, it’s one of the funniest comedies ever made. One of the best scenes of the film is the walk-off. This involved Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson’s characters doing a catwalk-off. Of sorts. Can you remember who refereed it? The legend himself, David Bowie. It’s not the first time Bowie was in a movie – remember Labyrinth? But this time, he plays himself. And does it with all the cool swagger you would expect.
6. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Clueless (1995)
I can’t say that I was a massive fan of this teen comedy at the time. The plot revolves around Alicia Silverstone’s character giving her friend a makeover. The premise doesn’t sound like it lends itself to a cool band cameo. You’d be wrong, though. There’s a scene where the lead characters go watch a gig. The band that are playing are The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The Boston ska-punk legends are only on stage for a moment, but it’s a slick clip. It certainly brings the film up a level on the cool stakes.
7. Daft Punk – Tron: Legacy (2010)
This sequel to the original sci-fi classic is a cracking movie. The visuals and effects are stunning, as is the atmosphere of the film. The music to the film is also rather special. A futuristic and dystopian movie could only have one act doing the score, and that’s Daft Punk. It works a treat. The music is intertwined into the movie and becomes a part of it. The delicious electronica is the perfect complement to the visuals. The French electronic masters also have a cameo at the end of the movie. They’re spinning the decks in a blink-and-you-miss-it scene.
8. Aerosmith – Wayne’s World (1993)
We’ve already had an appearance from the first film further up our list, and the second doesn’t disappoint either. The plot revolves around Wayne and Garth putting on their own music festival. Book them and they will come, is the advice given. And they certainly did. The headline band for the festival were none other than Aerosmith themselves. They do a sterling effort on stage as performers. And Steven Tyler also shows that he can handle his own on the acting front too.
9. Reel Big Fish – BASEketball (1998)
Trey Parker and Matt Stone star in this bizarre and hilarious sports comedy. Written by the king of spoof David Zucker, it’s become a cult classic. The soundtrack heavily features ska-punkers Reel Big Fish. They do a brilliant rendition of A-HA’s Take on Me, which they also perform in the movie. The band are the entertainment at the stadium where Parker and Stone are competing. You can tell by the footage that the band are clearly enjoying themselves. They add a touch more fun to an already hugely funny film.
That’s our list of nine bands who played themselves in movies. Did we miss any of your favourites? Let us know in the comments below.
Check out our list of actors in bands HERE.
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