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QUESTION: Has anyone here seen "Tenet." I love pretty much everything that Christopher Nolan ever produced (especially "Memento"), but I'm on the fence about seeing this one. Worth the time and money?
Personally, I found it interesting.

Time travel/dilation/manipulation movies can be quite a mess, but overall, I found the movie entertaining enough, and not terribly hard to follow. I wouldn't call it an amazing masterpiece, or the complete cluster#### some reviewers panned it as, but for me, it was worth the rental and time.
 

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Just now starting season 2 of "Warrior", totally spaced it with the move happening when it started.
 

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Extreme Rescues (6 episodes, Amazon). True rescues, actual headcam video by victims and rescuers, 3 rescues per episode). Gripping and compelling. Also Gordon Ramsey: Uncharted, takes the viewer to obscure places to showcase their unique cuisine and culture, with Gordon's inimitable blunt style
 
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documentary on Banksy was really illuminating and a good use of time, compared to some of the crap we've been checking out
 

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Extreme Rescues (6 episodes, Amazon). True rescues, actual headcam video by victims and rescuers, 3 rescues per episode). Gripping and compelling. Also Gordon Ramsey: Uncharted, takes the viewer to obscure places to showcase their unique cuisine and culture, with Gordon's inimitable blunt style
I’ve watched a few episodes of the Gordon Ramsey show. My wife and I really enjoyed it. We found it pretty interesting and learned a little about food in other parts of the world. Also, I love the scenery in the ones I watched.
 

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I’ve been hooked on Better Call Saul lately. I really like this show. Also, watched a pretty decent movie on Netflix called The Vanishing. I would recommend this, it was a pretty good low budget type thriller.
 

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I’ve watched a few episodes of the Gordon Ramsey show. My wife and I really enjoyed it. We found it pretty interesting and learned a little about food in other parts of the world. Also, I love the scenery in the ones I watched.
Along these lines, the series Chefs Table is even better.
 

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Personally, I found it interesting.

Time travel/dilation/manipulation movies can be quite a mess, but overall, I found the movie entertaining enough, and not terribly hard to follow. I wouldn't call it an amazing masterpiece, or the complete cluster#### some reviewers panned it as, but for me, it was worth the rental and time.
Can't rent it; Amazon wants too much to buy it digitally . . . found a hard copy Blu Ray of "Tenet" on AlGore's Amazing Interwebs for about ten bucks. Which is about what a theater ticket costs around here. Supposed to be legit (not some rip-off copy, pirate disk, or overseas version). Supposed to arrive on Monday - guess I'll find out for sure then, and post a brief review here.
 

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On the 3rd episode of Deutschland 83...very good if you don't mind subtitles.
 

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On the 3rd episode of Deutschland 83...very good if you don't mind subtitles.
Tried it. Made it about as far as you have . . . and my interest faded. Hope it works out better for you.

And . . . I watched Tenet. The package I bought on The Bay was all original and excellent for about ten bucks . . . Blu ray, DVD and digital copy.

Thoughts (spoiler free, I think) . . .

I liked (didn't love) it. I didn't find it hard to follow as many folks mentioned, but I can see why that would be the case for many. I'm guessing there was a lot left on the editing room floor . . . maybe an even longer "Director's Cut" that would fill in some of the gaps in the plot will come out at some point.

I thought it was very well acted. Parts of it reminded me of a James Bond movie, and I even wondered how it might have been if they were able to make The Protagonist be . . . 007. I'm a big Bond fan, so I really liked those aspects of the movie.

The plot required a LOT of "leaps of faith" which you just have to accept, as Christopher Nolan's movies often do. A lot more such leaps than even "Inception." My main criticism would be that Nolan seemed more interested in showing off and exploring movie-making tricks than in plain old-fashioned storytelling. I'm sure that was very interesting for him . . . not necessarily so much for the viewer. In fact, I think he just made this movie for himself - not for any particular audience. Watching it requires an investment . . . it's not what I would call "a popcorn flick" and I definitely don't think it's for everybody. I think that folks who are interested in the art and craft of movies are probably going to enjoy it more than folks just looking for a couple of hours of diversionary entertainment, or a good old-fashioned story.

Last remark . . . I would be curious if anyone else who watched this, and Inception, and The Prestige noticed similarities in the way Nolan filmed and edited the climactic scenes in all of these movies. Time and timing seem to be a big thing for him.
 
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