Audiences are floored but could a Tenet sequel bring us the answers we seek? Let’s consider whether we can expect Nolan to follow it up.
This year we’ve spent quite some time missing the cinema and who better to entice audiences back to the big screen than Christopher Nolan?
The maverick filmmaker is perhaps best known for revitalising superhero cinema with his mind-blowing The Dark Knight trilogy and has established himself as a true visionary with subsequent efforts like Inception, Interstellar and Dunkirk.
His eleventh feature – Tenet – was widely considered the most anticipated film of the year and, against all odds, it has finally made it to screens.
The initial reviews suggested that he had crafted his most divisive and complex feature yet and general audiences have absolutely confirmed this to be the case.
Starring John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki and Robert Pattinson, this time-inverting espionage blockbuster is packed with grand ideas, impressive performances and demands to be seen again.
It’s sure to secure repeat audiences but can fans expect to see the story continue down the line?
Tenet sequel: Is it on the cards?
- Right now, no sequel to Tenet has been confirmed and there is no concrete reason to expect a follow-up, despite some of the film’s arguable loose ends
Beyond his Batman efforts, Nolan isn’t exactly known for helming sequels and tends to enjoy pursuing original projects, dipping his toes into intriguing sub-genres and making them his own.
On the other hand, The Independent notes that there is a line in the film which suggests ruling out a sequel could be foolish.
After they have saved the world we hear that The Protagonist (John David Washington) was actually the one who hired Neil (Robert Pattinson) and that they’ve known each other for quite a long time.
We learn that he recruited him but hasn’t done it yet and when we hear of their “beautiful friendship” we hear Neil say “we get up to stuff.”
This is a strong indication that there are other missions the pair have embarked on. Could a sequel explore them?
We wouldn’t say no to seeing the two of them back in action on another quest but honestly, it seems pretty unlikely.
We’ll just have to see!
Tenet: What’s the verdict?
So far, it’s obvious that Tenet is the director’s most divisive film yet and even some of his most devoted fans aren’t sure how they feel about it upon initial viewing.
Many viewers have flocked to Twitter to offer their thoughts and it’s interesting to note just how polarising it’s been.
Check out a selection of tweets:
In other news, Tenet algorithm explained.