Christopher Nolan’s latest film almost seems to be a parody of the masterpieces that preceded it. The indisputable protagonist of this thriller is definitely the action, with fistfights worthy of Jackie Chan and shootings like in Star Wars movies. From Nolan we expected characters of greater psychological depth… The quieter parts, which also appear in the film, suggest nothing but the emptiness and incompleteness of the characters. Too bad, because the idea of the entropic inversion, with which the protagonists reverse the trend of time, was a path that had never been taken before Nolan. At the beginning of the film that seems to be promising. But it’s certainly not Nolan’s best film. Let’s see the plot first.
The protagonist is a CIA super-agent, played by John David Washington, who learns during a mission that a Russian arms dealer, Kenneth Branagh in the role of Andrei Sator, is smuggling weapons of mass destruction and nuclear warheads with the future. To avoid the outbreak of a world conflict and the destruction of the planet, the CIA agent sets out on the trail of the Russian billionaire to put an end to his diabolical plan. During the mission, the protagonist deals with technologies capable of rewinding time, through the inversion of the entropy of objects and consequently with CIA agents and enemies from other space-time dimensions, only to find out that the future is using Andrei Sator in order to put an end to mankind of the past to prevent environmental disasters caused by global warming and save the future world.
The not so good Nolan
The sore points of this movie, which was the most awaited film of the summer of 2020, are the brevity, the inconsistency and the almost incomprehension of the dialogues that are mostly obscured by the noises of shootings, chaotic traffic of the metropolis or the oxygen masks for survive during space-time travel.
Christopher Nolan used a budget over 200 million dollars, worthy of a cinematic colossal, to create what could have been a science fiction thriller, based on an excellent pseudoscientific basis (such as entropic inversion), but due to the excess of shootings and tavern fights, which make the 150 minutes of the film interminable, ends up being a bad copy of a previous movie, Predestination (2014) by Michael and Peter Spierig, where even if the time inversion and the overlapping of multiple timelines were not explained with strong pseudoscientific theories, the protagonists were more defined from a psychological point of view.
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