“Tenet”: Unlike James Bond, plot and action belong together with Christopher Nolan! (Sponsored)
Despite its science fiction premise, “Tenet” is above all a globe-spanning espionage thriller – and therefore reminds us of the adventures of 007, especially in the first half. But there is one thing that Christopher Nolan simply does better …
In James Bond films, an espionage story is traditionally told that leads the agent with the license to kill to numerous locations around the globe – and in between there are breathtaking action set pieces that have been around for a long time in terms of effort and size Regularly setting new standards for decades!
This description also applies to “Tenet” (secure your tickets now), the new film by “The Dark Knight” mastermind Christopher Nolan: The protagonist (John David Washington) is drawn into a widespread conspiracy, which in the worst case no less than could mean the end of the world. In order to avert the Third World War, his mission takes him to Mumbai, Kiev, Oslo and Tallin, among others.
The protagonist (John David Washington) is drawn into a ramified conspiracy, which in the worst case could mean nothing less than the end of the world.
In addition, there are a number of action scenes in “Tenet” that have never been seen in the cinema …
But there is still a crucial difference between a Christopher Nolan blockbuster and a James Bond adventure – and that has to do with the way the action sequences come about:
a crucial difference between a Christopher Nolan blockbuster and a James Bond adventure
In a typical 007 project, one could easily imagine having the script developed by two independent authors.
One of them conceives the espionage plot that takes the hero from one exotic place to the next. Meanwhile, the other thinks of the most spectacular set pieces possible. In the end, everything is then just tipped together – shaken, not stirred!
First the concept, then the action
In the case of a Christopher Nolan blockbuster, this dichotomy just doesn’t work! While you sometimes remember a Bond sequence, but can no longer really assign which 007 adventure it comes from, the concept and action of Christopher Nolan regularly form a very close bond.
In 20 years’ time, you will still know exactly that the folding Paris comes from “Inception”, the sea from waves as high as a house from “Interstellar” and the car chase with the car that overturns backwards from “Tenet”.
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With Christopher Nolan, the concept is first – and only then are the action scenes developed from it. In “Tenet” everything revolves around the so-called inversion – that means that things can no longer only move forward, but also backward through time. The result is sequences in which completely new ideas and therefore images and sounds emerge that have never been seen in the cinema.
that things can no longer only move forward, but also move backward through time.
We don’t want to spoil the action at this point – but the concept is taken to extremes so consistently in the finale that you will probably discover a number of new details at the second, third or tenth show. But even at first glance, scenes that are less complex, such as a simple unarmed duel, suddenly appear completely fresh and new due to the inversion …
will discover a number of new details even at the second, third or tenth viewing.
How do you actually choreograph something like that?
“Tenet” presents a completely new way of thinking about action and combat on the screen. But how do you actually start to chorograph such scenes? After all, there is nothing to refer to. That’s exactly what we asked Christopher Nolan himself at a Zoom press conference with him and his stars:
“Tenet” presents a completely new way of thinking about action and combat on the screen.
Christopher Nolan: “I would like to answer carefully because not all readers have seen the film yet. But of course the complex concepts that arise when you bring struggle and inversion together have always been an integral part of the story. That’s why I sat down with the stunt team very early on. With George Cottle, our stunt coordinator, and Jackson Spidell, our fight coordinator.
We looked at all of these different fight moves and figured out how to manipulate them by the means of time. Then there was a really intense period of rehearsals. The physical choreography is one of the things that we approached first and that we have been preparing over a long period of time – not only with very talented stunt people, but also with dancers whose movements we have also studied.
looked at all these different fight moves and figured out how to manipulate them by the means of time.
We started with the action scenes in the vault, where the main focus is on an unarmed duel. We knew: If we can get the sequence right, if we can find a way how we can film it at all, then the rest of the film will almost naturally come together as the action gets bigger and bigger … “
if we can find a way how we can even film it like that,
“Tenet” is currently running in German cinemas. Get your tickets now!
“Tenet” is currently running in German cinemas CMOVIESHD.