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Christopher Nolan attempts to explain Tenet in new video
Photo: © ANP

Christopher Nolan attempts to explain Tenet in new video

Christopher Nolan attempts to explain Tenet in new video
Photo: © ANP

Christopher Nolan has attempted to explain some of the more scientific aspects of Tenet.

The movie, released in 2020, was polarising to say the least and was one of Nolan's less-well-received projects.

The official premise reads:

'When a few objects that can be manipulated and used as weapons in the future fall into the wrong hands, a CIA operative, known as the Protagonist, must save the world.'

The 'objects' mentioned above can move backwards and forward through time, and this premise was a bit much for some viewers to digest, but Nolan previously insisted it was written in an ambiguous fashion.

In a video posted by TikTok user @guywithamoviecamera, Nolan shed more light on what happened in the movie including an explanation of entropy.

"That’s the fun thing about Tenet for me, is that it’s harder to talk about than just watch it and understand it. I’m going to try to break down some of the mechanics in the film Tenet," he said.

"Tenet’s not a film about time travel in the conventional sense. It is about the direction of time. And that’s defined by a thing called entropy. All laws of physics are symmetrical, they’re identical whichever direction time is running in, other than entropy. And there’s debate in the field of physics as to whether that defines the direction of time or whether it just shows the direction of time, whether it's a cause of it or whether it's a product.

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Tenet (2020)

A secret agent is part of a team that must prevent a third world war. They must save the world from destruction, traveling through a twilight world of international espionage. An important part of the operation is the mysterious keyword Tenet.

Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Stars: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Debicki

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"Tenet takes on this idea of entropy as the cause. What’s happening in Tenet is that rather than just moving backwards and forwards in time, machines have been developed that can change the direction of time for an object or a person. So you’re mixing the two directions of time within the same scene, and the same frame. You don’t have to view cause and effect as defined by one coming before the other. There's nothing in the laws of physics that says you couldn’t look at time in a different direction. So, the scene where the protagonist holds the sand over the inverted bullet and it jumps up into his hand, you made it happen, whether or not you drop the bullet, whether or not it flies up to your hand, it has to be your hand, it has to be your will that’s making it happen.

"A lot of Tenet is constructed like the title. It’s a palindrome. Reads the same forwards and backwards."

Christopher Nolan explains Tenet


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