Finally watched TENET. Note to self -- do not write movie script where for plot reasons characters must constantly wear face-concealing masks.

(It's a real problem. The end action scene is just this anonymous mass of people shooting at each other, sometimes in reverse.)
Honestly though I am both impressed with its cleverness and not surprised it didn't really land for most people. They do some neat stuff in a really understated way that leaves you kind of like ... meh?
It's some cool ideas but I'm not sure that it works as a movie.
Thinking about it, another problem with TENET is that it fails the Bruce Willis test for Tim travel movies, which is not to think about time travel. But TENET really WANTS you to think about it, so you can appreciate their cleverness.
And that then gets the plot mired down in a while bunch of "why can't we..." weirdness.
(It also fails the Bechdel test, for the record.)

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