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How Christopher Nolan has held true to his sweeping vision with Tenet

With ‘Tenet’ released next week, the multiplexes are pinning their hopes on the English director’s new movie. Like his rich back catalogue, it’s the work of a man totally devoted to cinema

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Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight

Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight

2017 film Dunkirk

2017 film Dunkirk

Robert Pattinson and John David Washington in Tenet

Robert Pattinson and John David Washington in Tenet

Deeply personal films: Christopher Nolan

Deeply personal films: Christopher Nolan

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Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight

Will Christopher Nolan be cinema's knight in shining armour? His new $225m thriller Tenet is released here next Wednesday, giving moribund multiplexes a welcome shot in the arm. Pre-sales have been good, and other studios will be watching keenly to see whether Tenet achieves any box-office momentum.

Nolan, meanwhile, and Warner Brothers are to be congratulated for sticking to their 2020 cinema release plans, and opening in Europe and elsewhere a week before America. Nolan has stubbornly resisted any suggestion of a streamed release: he shot his film mainly on 70mm stock, and Tenet's booming score and large-scale action sequences cry out for the biggest stage. All the same, a cinema release is a brave move, because social distancing and public wariness are going to make turning a profit difficult.

The film itself? It's typical Nolan fare: a sprawling, high-octane thriller full of big ideas, jaw-dropping set-pieces and baffling scientific undercurrents. John David Washington stars as a spy of sorts who ends up infiltrating the inner circle of a Russian criminal (Kenneth Branagh) honing a weapon that may destroy all humanity.