Kenneth Branagh, one of the stars of Tenet, says Christopher Nolan’s latest is a “massive action-packed blockbuster” with “intellectual dazzle”.
Fans have had to wait a while longer than they had expected to see Christopher Nolan’s latest sci-fi thriller Tenet. But the wait is almost over with the film scheduled to arrive at the end of August in various markets outside the US, with a domestic release coming in September.
A lot has been made of the film’s complex nature so far, which matches what we have come to expect with Nolan films but Kenneth Branagh, who plays the villain in the film, has gone a step further with his praise of the movie.
Speaking to the Irish Times, he said: “It was darker than anything I’ve ever played. Chris does his homework so he knew what I had done before and what he didn’t want from me. He kept saying: ‘You know this character has to be unremittingly evil?’ Until finally, on the last day he said, regarding your character and the darkness? You really understood the memo.
“The sense of scale here, even on the page, is something else. It plays as a bang-up entertainment but there’s a tonne more to it. Even with Dunkirk, and the scale of that, I was aware of my character’s relatively contained storyline.
“[Tenet] weaves in so many characters across so many countries and layers of plot and meaning. The concept is really bold. It’s one of those things that’s almost unique to Chris Nolan. It’s a massive, action-packed blockbuster that reads as a really personal movie with intellectual dazzle.”
It certainly sounds like a Christopher Nolan movie. Hopefully, it lives up to the hype and these glowing remarks from Brannagh. Let’s pray that there are no more delays!
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.
Tenet sees Christopher Nolan directing a cast that includes John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh.