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In Tenet, we see Kat holds a gun to Sator and he beats her to the floor. After that the whole reverse car chase ensues.

At the end of this all, reverse-Kat is wheeled away on a stretcher.

Can someone list down Kat's experience as she went from being on the floor to being held hostage in the SUV to being shot and finally on the stretcher from the perspective of Kat (including reversals that she might have gone through)?

Edit: We are shown that while Sator is inverted, Kat is not (during the car chase). I'm not looking for any off-screen opinion based information. I'm trying to understand those sequences from Kat's perspective because I feel it will help make sense.

  • What? is the question unclear or something? Edited with more details. – John Sep 16 at 17:08
  • @YuZhang, I've liked most of your answers across the Tenet questions. If you don't mind, could you please take a stab at this? – John Sep 16 at 17:12
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It is a very interesting question, as some of Kat's experience during the car chase is not shown to us. We need to bear in mind that Kat has never been reversed during this entire scene, Nolan dressed her in red as a hint. Below is my understanding from Kat's perspective:

  1. Kat is led to the warehouse with Sator and Kat sees an Audi, in which there is a driver that wears oxygen mask.
  2. Kat argues with Sator and Sator beats down Kat and spits on her.
  3. Kat is dragged onto the inverted Audi along with an inverted Sator and an inverted driver. What Kat sees is: everything happens inside of this Audi car is reversed, including how inverted Sator and inverted driver behaves. (this scene is not shown in the movie)
  4. Kat is threatened by Sator and the protagonist tosses over the empty orange box to Sator.
  5. Inverted Sator and inverted driver jump into a different car and leave Kat in this Audi to die; but Kat is rescued by the protagonist.
  6. Kat and the protagonist are both captured by Sator's men and sent back to the warehouse.
  7. Kat is given an oxygen mask and led into a blue room and shot by an inverted bullet by inverted Sator. Why a normal Kat needs to wear an oxygen mask? As this blue room eco-system is inverted to accommodate inverted people, therefore inverted Sator does not need an oxygen mask but Kat does.
  8. Calvary arrive and Sator escape.
  9. The protagonist takes injured Kat into the time machine on their way to the freeport. Now Kat is inverted for the first time in her perspective.
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  • This is fantastic. Thanks for the time. Just one question here. From Kat's perspective she is being pulled by her mask, but from Sator's perspective he is pushing her with the mask? – John Sep 17 at 7:57
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    @John, that is a detail I cannot say for sure. From Sator's perspective, he is pushing Kat out. But how Kat experiences this push, I do not know. Nolan thought of this for sure, there is another scene that is similar to this push-or-pull scene: Sator receives the orange case from the protagonist or Sator throws the orange case to the protagonist. Nolan deliberately made scenes unclear. – Yu Zhang Sep 17 at 8:16
  • That's right. It looks like both of them "threw" the case. Thanks to your answers, I'm finding more love for this film :) – John Sep 17 at 8:22
  • I also realized that from the perspective of inverted Sator, he and the inverted driver enter the self-driving Audi with Kat from another car, throw the case to forward-protagonist. Then wreck the inverted-protagonist and set him on fire. Then get into the Audi and drive past forward-protagonist and do a reverse chase and finally drive away to the warehouse with Kat and leave her there on the floor where was spat on. – John Sep 17 at 13:02
  • "Nolan dressed her in red as a hint" -- Simply WOW! What an observation. – Ravi Maniyar Oct 14 at 18:31

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