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Tenet is a 2020 science fiction film directed by Christopher Nolan, featuring, among others, John David Washington and Robert Pattinson. It features the concept of 'inverted entropy', in effect a way to change the flow of time, which the protagonist needs to make use of in order to prevent a disastrous event in the future.

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Contradiction on the people in the future's views regarding the grandfather paradox

In Tenet, the people of the future suffer because of the climate change of the people of the present. Therefore, the people of the future use things (weapons...) that travel back in time in order to ...
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On what month is "the 14th" and how does it relate to the rest of the timeline?

Some key events of Tenet happen on "the 14th," also "ten days ago." There is also a reference to a party at the American Embassy in Ryadh, on "June 29." Kat and Max are ...
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When Elizabeth went back to the boat from the future, why didn't she need an oxygen mask?

In Tenet, when Elizabeth Debicki was inverted to meet her husband back in time, how come she didn't need a gas mask? How come she is able to talk normally?
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Why and to whom did the protagonist have to prove his loyalty?

My understanding of Tenet is as follows: The future version of the protagonist will build the organisation Tenet in the future and will direct Neil to travel back to the present day to guide the ...
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What happened to the algorithm at the end of the movie?

At the end of Tenet, Ives breaks the algorithm into three parts and splits them between the three of them. Again Neil gives his part back to the protagonist before joining Ives, while Ives takes away ...
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Are such movies meant to be understood after multiple viewing?

I just watched Tenet and didn't get it. That's not a problem as I'm not a native English speaker so I rely on subtitles. Even though I understood the English (I switch to Hindi audio wherever ...
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How can the future protect themselves by wiping out the past in Tenet?

In Tenet, it is told that the future wants to wipe out the past because their rivers ran dry and oceans rose, because of global warming, etc...but if they wipe out the past completely including the ...
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Why do the protagonist plan to retrieve the original painting from the freeport in Tenet?

In London, the Protagonist approaches Sator's estranged wife Kat, an art appraiser who falsely authenticated a forged Goya drawing. She tells him that Sator purchased the drawing from the forger, ...
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How did Neil manage to get through the blocked tunnel entrance?

My previous question was closed as duplicate but it is not, this question asks about how did Neil get through the shut tunnel, which is different to how did Neil unlock the gate. Please don't close. ...
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When was the gold un-inverted?

While staying on Sator's yacht in Tenet, the protagonist spies a helicopter unload a canister containing inverted gold. We know that it is inverted because several bars fly into Sator's hand when he ...
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Why must inverted Neil open a door that was ALREADY open? [duplicate]

I've watched several times this video animation of Neil's death in Tenet. At the 45 second mark of the video, we see inverted Neil approaching the locked door. Now, from Neil's inverted perspective, ...
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Why steal the Plutonium-241 and lose it?

Why was TP supposed to steal the Plutonium-241 on behalf of Sator and then lose it? Was it because Sator might be unable to steal it on his own (as Priya said he was supposed to have succeeded in ...
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How did the cars get inverted in Tenet?

After re-watching Tenet on the small screen there is one thing really bugging me. In the car chase sequence, there appear to be two inverted cars: the silver Saab driven by the inverted protagonist, ...
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How did Volkov end up bringing two bullets, the normal one and the inverted one in one magazine and how did he try to shoot?

I have a question about the scene in Tenet at Stalsk-12, where Volkov tries to shoot TP in the head. First of all, it seemed like Volkov ended up bringing two bullets with him and it's unclear how he ...
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Does the Protagonist know that he is giving the 241 to ~Protagonist in the car chase sequence?

When ~Protagonist goes to the car sequence, from his POV we see ~Sator throwing the orange case back to the Protagonist and the 241/metal cube rattling around in ~Protagonist's car before flying out ...
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Why isn't Sator 2 (inverted Sator) wearing an oxygen mask when he goes back to his yacht in Vietnam for his final moment?

Sator 2/inverted Sator/~ Sator returns to the yacht in Vietnam for his final moments. Why is he not wearing a mask?
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Why didn't the algorithm detonate when Kat killed Sator?

In the final sequence of Tenet, the tenet teams are racing against time to stop the algorithm from being buried in the time capsule. On the other side, Sator has a dead man's switch which will ...
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How did Neil know that Volkov is going to shoot the protagonist?

If Neil is seeing everything happening in reverse, he can't really see Volkov (Sator's man) pulling up the gun to shoot the protagonist for him to decide to take the bullet, he must be in the same ...
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How did Kat get shot in Tenet?

When uninverted Kat got shot by inverted Sator in Tenet, in forward perspective the hole on the wall was fixed but Kat wasn't. What is the difference between Kat and the wall? Shouldn't they both get ...
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Why was it important to stop the Algorithm from being dropped into the time capsule?

In the final part of Tenet, the Protagonist and Neil are trying to prevent one of the bad guys from dropping the Algorithm into the time capsule. Supposedly dropping it inside would be a way to ...
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How many versions of Kat were there in the car chase sequence in Tenet? [duplicate]

From other posts, it seems like she was never inverted during the car chase and warehouse sequence, therefore there should be only 1 version of her floating around (until she is taken into the ...
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How did Neil save the Protagonist at the Opera? Was the inverted bullet there already if we see it from the Protagonist's perspective? [duplicate]

I recently watched Tenet. And I have lots of questions and one of them is that. If we see from the Protagonist's perspective, he was going to disarm/collect the bomb at staircase in the opera house, ...
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Who threw the suitcase to the other?

In Tenet we can clearly see that: From the Protagonist perspective I take the inverted suitcase I throw it to inverted sator. The inverted Sator catches the suitcase From the perspective of inverted ...
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Did Neil use an inverted bullet at the opera?

At the opera in Tenet, when Neil saves the protagonist, he shot an inverted bullet. Before you say that he himself was inverted, I would say think again. The protagonist sees him leaving running down ...
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Where is Sator between the Vietnam Yacht and Italy?

Here is the timeline of Sator from Tenet as I saw here and what I understood: Sator is born He digs up the time capsule in Stalsk-12 He spends time in Vietnam on his yacht Italy scene with the boats ...
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Did this character die at this point?

SPOILERS inbound for TENET movie: By the end of the movie, it is revealed that Neil and the Protagonist were friends for a long time in the "future" and Neil was on his way to his death to ...
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What's the significance or symbolism of the trinket tied with an orange string to the backpack?

In Tenet, the Protagonist was saved by a mysterious shooter who had a trinket tied with an orange (or red) string to their backpack. The Protagonist later encounters the same trinket and string on an ...
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What's the significance of Neil asking the Protagonist if he would take a child or a woman hostage?

In Tenet, Neil and the Protagonist had this conversation when they were discussing how to infiltrate Sanjay Singh's house in Mumbai: Neil: Would you take a child hostage? Protagonist: [Shakes head] ...
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Shot mechanic in Tenet

In Tenet, when someone got shot by an inverted bullet, shouldn't the person be hurt before getting shot and recover immediately after the inverted bullet shoots him? If not, then why was the wall ...
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How does Sator get the algorithm after the car chase?

This question contains many spoilers for Tenet. I'm trying to work out exactly what happens in the car chase sequence. I think I understand where most of the characters go, but there's a couple of ...
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Was Priya helping Sator?

After watching Tenet I'm somewhat confused about Priya's role in the story. From the beginning, it seems like she works for Tenet and her goal aligns with the rest of the organization. But when the ...
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How did the ending happen from Neil's perspective?

I am trying to figure out the scene near the finale of Tenet where Neil unlocks the door and gets shot in the face. I can't really see the flow where he opens and holds the door and the protagonist ...
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If Neil is moving backwards from the future, why doesn't he wear an oxygen mask?

In Tenet, it's revealed at the end that The Protagonist is moving forward in time and Neil is moving backwards. How does he not wear an oxygen mask throughout the film? If it's time-travel then doesn'...
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What would an observer see when someone goes through the Turnstile in Tenet?

In the movie Tenet, after the high-speed car chase on the highway, Sator captures the Protagonist and his wife and takes them to a warehouse with a Turnstile. Initially, we are shown a bizarre ...
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Clarification about annihilation in Tenet

This is about the concept of annihilation in Tenet. The concept of inverting oneself is introduced. When an individual is inverted, this person will experience the flow of time in the reverse ...
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Why is the Audi chasing the BMW in reverse?

In the movie Tenet, there's a car chase scene involving two cars, one of which, an Audi, is inverted or traveling backwards in time. The other, a BMW, is traveling forwards in time. In this scene, the ...
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Is there a missing scene in Tenet or am I missing something?

After the protagonist, Neil and Kat went to Oslo and inverted back to normal time, the Protagonist went to speak to Priya. The scene after that all three are in a ship that is going backwards, the ...
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Can someone explain how Kat experienced this part of Tenet from her perspective?

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 ...
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How long were the bullet holes present in the glass from the non-inverted perspective?

In the first half of Tenet, there is a scene where The Protagonist and Neil break into Freeport and find a glass wall with bullet holes (could only find a good photo with Christopher Nolan in it): In ...
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In Tenet, how is this character able to retrieve the original cache of buried gold?

In the Tenet movie, Sator is shown to receive gold shipments from the future. He buries a capsule, transmits the coordinates (presumably via a hidden newspaper message or an equivalent), then digs it ...
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Why is the Opera raid simultaneous with the Stalsk-12 battle?

In Tenet the attack on the Opera happens the same day as the attack on the Stalsk-12 mine. It seems to me there is no reason these two events should happen the same day, except that this simultaneity ...
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How did the car end up at the port after explosion in Tenet?

The Protagonist in Tenet takes part in the car chase twice—forwards in time (regular Protagonist) and backwards in time (inverted Protagonist). The inverted protagonist walks out of the shipping ...
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Why was Tenet released to cinemas only, even though most of them are closed throughout the US?

I've read good reviews about Christopher Nolan's new Tenet movie and wanted to go see it. Unfortunately it turned out that its only released in cinemas and all of them are currently closed down in my ...
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Why does a non-inverted Neil shoot/catch an inverted bullet?

In the opening scene in Tenet, the protagonist is saved by a masked SWAT member, who shoots a terrorist-disguised-as-a-SWAT with an inverted bullet. It turns out this masked SWAT member is Neil, who ...
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Why didn't the scientist destroy the formula?

In Christopher Nolan's Tenet, we see the main antagonist, Sator, using an algorithmic formula to This formula was initially conceived and manufactured into a physical form from a future female ...
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How do inverted objects work in Tenet?

Paradoxically I think I got the plot and timeline in Tenet to a degree, but not the basic mechanic itself. I want to focus on the shooting range scene where the female scientist explains how inverted ...
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How is the bad guy's car moving backwards while its occupants are not?

In the movie Tenet there is a high speed chase on a highway. During this chase we see Sator who is clearly inverted (he is wearing mask, so he can breathe) holding his wife Kat hostage. He uses Kat to ...
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Why were they sleeping right before the deployment?

In the movie Tenet, when a group of terrorists invade an opera house, in a van, a guy says: "Wake up the Americans." Then the protagonist and his mate are woken up and given fake special ...
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