Run time: 150 mins
The saviour of cinema is here! Well, not quite, but Christopher Nolan’s mind bending, timey wimey thriller is certainly engineered for the big screen.
John David Washington is ‘the Protagonist’, a CIA agent recruited by a secret organisation to stop Russian baddie Sator (Keneth Brannagh) from detonating a bomb that will eradicate reality as we know it. So far, so James Bond. The twist is that, in order for Washington to thwart Sator’s plans, he must alter the flow of time itself. Partnering with Robbert Pattinson’s suave super-spy Neil (a less than suave name), they embark in some entropic espionage that will probably leave you utterly perplexed.
There’s even a scene where someone tries to explain the film’s concept on a literal whiteboard, but you won’t get it, you won’t get any of it, and maybe that’s the point. What with the cacophonous score pounding and pulsating over the important segments of dialogue, you won’t care either; simply sit back and let the incredible set-pieces do their job. As one scientist neatly puts it, “Don’t try to understand it. Feel it”; you can’t help but think Nolan himself is trying to tell us something. (Jack Whiting)