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The inverted time physics in Tenet is coherent enough to support the plot but if you think about it long enough it falls apart in many places. There are plenty of funny things that happen that have a more or less logical explanation, an extrapolation of what time reversal would look like if it were possible. But many things end up as contradictions. When ...


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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: Kat is led to the warehouse with Sator and Kat sees an Audi, in which there is a ...


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Paulie D’s comment maybe close to the truth. Although, Mark Henderson’s answer may be the “Hollywood” reason. The armed forces only move and fight with water, food, and rest. A lack of one of the above can be just as detrimental if not more so than a lack of ammunition. Any opportunity to eat, rest, and use the latrine facilities before an operation should ...


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This seems unlikely. The explanation for the cyanide scene is given right after, when it is explained as an elaborate test, orchestrated by whatever organization the protagonist is working under for the rest of the movie. The movie gives us little reason to doubt that explanation. Throughout the movie, we follow the timeline as it is experienced by the ...


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Sator has a dead man's switch which will detonate the algorithm and reverse entropy, ending the world. Sator's dead man's switch by itself will not detonate the algorithm. It just sends out the location of the dead drop (the buried capsule). The people in the future (posterity) are expecting Sator to send them the location of the assembled algorithm (inside ...


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I don't think those events needed to happen on the same day, but it sets up the events of the movie as a palindrome. In addition to the opera scene and the scene in Stalsk-12 happening at the same time, the Protagonist and Niel discover the turnstile at the same time future, inverted Protagonist and Niel rescue Kat. And the Estonian chase in the middle of ...


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There are two reasons for the Freeport raid. Firstly, as you have already highlighted, the Protagonist wishes to gain Kat's favour and trust by removing the fake Goya from the 'equation', allowing for not only an introduction to Sator but also in order to allow Kat to get Max and herself free from the situation. Secondly, the Protagonist is simply interested ...


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Yes, from the observer's point of view, Sator would disappear. The observer 'continues' into the future, but inside the turnstile, Sator starts moving into the past. So he is no longer present in the observer's future. However from Sator's POV, the transition is smooth, as we have seen in the movie with Neil and the rest.


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If you take Sator's perspective, it is easier that way. Sator take his wife to his warehouse and beats on her. (shown to audience) Sator listens to his radio about how everything goes during the car chase scene, there are two Sator throughout the car chase scene, one inverted and one not; we are taking the non-inverted Sator's perspective. (happens off ...


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Your impression is correct, it doesn't work. In the movie, reverse time has its own logic that is explained to some length. Many surprising events are a logic extrapolation of the consequences of time flowing in reverse. But it works only so far. It works long enough to enjoy the movie, but at some point it breaks down. There are a number of events that ...


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I believe the first part of your question (your assumption regarding the algorithm being delivered into the future) is correct. The answer saying otherwise is unsourced; let's explore an alternative approach. A Primer on Information (And Who Has It) It is important to recognize throughout the film that most characters, The Protagonist (TP) included, do not ...


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Questions like this do touch the nerve of the film's logical consistency. In our normal, non-inverted timeflow, when you shoot a wall/glass, the resulting hole remains in it indefinitely and only gets worse with time. It will eventually get buried/destroyed after the building gets demolished. The hole will not magically self-heal / disappear. In Tenet's ...


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There are no references to this later in the movie (that I could pick up on anyway), so my assumption is that it's just to show how casual and calm the operatives are before the mission. Showing your operatives asleep (or resting) moments before their mission starts shows that they are highly experienced (this is just another op) and highly professional (...


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The director, Christopher Nolan, is a big fan of the cinema experience and believes that films made for the cinema should be shown there, and he is against the idea that films should premier on the "small screen". For example, he is on record as being against the idea that films first shown on Netflix and other streaming services should be eligible ...


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Because he is inverted forward there again. Same as Kat. In Tenet, inverted characters have to breathe their own oxygen while traveling to the past. When, in the past, they find a turnstile and invert forward again, they can breathe normal oxygen again.


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When the cavalry Niel called shows up in Tallinn and secures the turnstile after the Protagonist has completed the forward half of the chase, the commander—Ives—tells his deputy—Wheeler—to give the Protagonist the run down on inversion. In addition to needing his own air supply and bad handling when driving a car, if the Protagonist touches the forward ...


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When you're in a military unit and you all have the same gear loaded onto trucks and stuff, it can be hard to pick out your green backpack from the other sometimes dozens of exact same bags, so you'd have a tag or trinket or marking that would individualize it. In terms of significance in the movie - it's just a nice way for the Protagonist and the audience ...


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The gold remained inverted throughout, with the viewer needing to consider two points, one implied, the second specified within the script. The gold was still inverted when it was 'thrown' to The Protagonist. He appears to have deliberately mishandled it, believing that he has not yet had his cover blown to reveal his real role as a member of Tenet. When we ...


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It is explained at some point that the scientist that created the turnstiles in the future also discovered a way to invert the entropy of the entire world's flow (the Algorithm), not only a few objects and people. As explained here, The effect of the Algorithm being activated would be mass annihilation. Every particle in the world would simultaneously be ...


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The short answer: we don't know and the movie doesn't tell us. We don't find out anything that happens to Neil after the events in Stalsk-12, and so we can't know his reasoning for anything he'll do after that. By shooting the inverted round, he showed the Protagonist something he'd never seen before and effectively kicked off the plot of the movie—the ...


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I struggled with this as it seemed to be a temporal loophole but I think there is an answer - which lies at the end if you don't care for the details. Examining the relevant scenes of the film, this is what seems to be happening. In Tallin: Regular - We see regular Kat being dragged into the see-through room while a bullethole is on the separating glass. ...


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I read the theory of that Neil is moving backwards throughout the film, but not sure if that is accurate. What I think it really is, that He was not moving backwards throughout the film events as we see him, but he already moved backwards all the way to the point where he saved the protagonist at the opera, then inverted back to the normal timeline, then we ...


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MovieMe's answer is correct, but there is another big aspect to it as well. Basically the entirety of Tenet's plan is about making Sator believe that he's won. The idea is that if Sator didn't get the last piece of the algorithm then he'd continue trying to get it, and since he has basically infinite resources being sent to him from the future it's likely ...


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You're right; it doesn't make any sense (this movie is about time travel, not magically indestructible armor). Logically, that cannot possibly be the full story. The movie's oddly insistent "Protagonist" is not really the protagonist. In the bleak future, scientists attempt to fix the destructive past by sending a device to fix it into the past ...


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Sator didn't really "vanish." This apparent discrepancy in his timeline is explained by the dialogue among the Protagonist, Neil and Kat as they were discussing when and where Sator could be: Neil: He gets to choose the time and place for the end of the world. What moment? What does he choose? Protagonist: [To Kat] You told me about a holiday ...


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The most simple explanation is that Neil inverted himself using the local turnstile before waiting for the tunnel to 'un' collapse. Once he had gone back far enough he would have been able to use his knowledge of the battlefield to covertly position himself in such manner that would allow him to simply close the door on The Protagonist at the right moment (...


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I will try to answer the questions one bye one, because the understading of the way of working of inverted objects seems to vary from the living being's one: When should the bullets have appeared on the wall from the forwards perspective? In the future, someone will shoot the wall with a gun. After that, the piece of wall will be introduced in the turning ...


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There is a driver to that backwards moving car. As an audience, we could see from Kat's point of view that: when Kat and Sator are about to enter the warehouse where there is a time portal, Kat notices on the other side of the fence, an Audi car parks there and its driver has an oxygen mask. There are at least four cars involved: the Audi, the BMW, the ...


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The in-universe explanation is that traces of all interactions between inverted and regular objects were always present in our universe. What has happened - happened. So as soon as the glass was made it was already cracked, although the cracks were microscopic. Then they would grow larger and larger until they form a complete bullet hole at some time prior ...


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Priya was not helping Sator. The reason she wanted The Protagonist to get the algorithm and lose it is because Sator has all the other 8 parts. No one is able to locate these other 8 parts. The team gains access to only one of the parts at the Kiev Opera. They realize that only when Sator gets the final part, will he expose the location of the algorithm as ...


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