Tenet (2020) Movie Review

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writer: Christopher Nolan (Screenplay)

Starring: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kenneth Branagh, Clemence Poesy

Plot: Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.

Tagline – Time Runs Out

Runtime: 2 Hours 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Tenet starts when special force agent known only as the Protagonist (Washington) awakes with a message, a world, Tenet, sees him going in search for answers, which sees him teaming up with Neil (Pattinson) and getting involved with an international arms dealer Andrei (Branagh) to learn of a bigger problem the world will be face, one that will see him need to learn about the reality of life.

Thoughts on Tenet

Characters – The Protagonist is a former special agent that finds himself getting a word to work with, one that will let him work off the radar, which sees him using his time to unlock the truth behind a potential end of the world situation, he does have moments of trying to be sarcastic along the way and is left torn between saving the world and something else. Neil is one of the connections that The Protagonist makes along the way, he fills in information along the way to give us something new to the world we are entertaining, he does feel very confident through the film. Andrei Sator is the international arms dealer that has a connection to the events that might happen, the person that the Protagonist needs to get close too. He is deadly man who will not let anyone get close to him. Kat is the wife of Andrei that is the way in for the Protagonist, she is stuck in a marriage she can’t escape from, being complete controlled throughout the film.

PerformancesJohn David Washington in the leading role is strong, he brings moments of charm to his performance, while keeping it feeling serious, while getting the laughs with Robert Pattinson, who fills the sidekick like role, feeling very posh. Kenneth Branagh and Elizabeth Debicki complete the main cast working well through the film too.

StoryThe story here follows a man that gets recruited to an organisation that is trying to stop an end of the world threat, which will see him needing to learn more about the reality of time. This is a very complicated story that brings another look at time travel, in a way that plays into a more logical reason, only it does seem to be a story that wants to mix looking down on the audience and thinking it is better than anyone else who has made a time travel film. The mix of time travel and heist ideas does work well, with everything seemingly being connected. This is also a story that does feel like you need to watch a few times to pick up on every single little detail.

Action/Sci-FiThe action is the film is brilliant and easily the best part of the film, with action scenes that plays into the time travel ideas involved in the film, which shows us the sci-fi elements happening within the film.

SettingsThe film does take us around the world on the adventures, they all feel like they are upper class locations, which continues to show us how the film makes us feel like the rich’s playground.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film do continue to show us how amazing certain moments look, with a lot of the inverted world helping make these events happen.

Scene of the Movie – Car heist.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – It does feel like too much is going on with the extra cuts around for it.

Final Thoughts This is an ambitious movie that brings us a new look at time travel, only for it to become too overly complicated as everything unfolds.

Peninsula (2020) Movie Review

Director: Sang-ho Yeon

Writer: Sang-ho Yeon, Ryu Yong-Jae (Screenplay)

Starring: Dong-Won Gang, Jung-hyun Lee, Re Lee, Hae-Hyo Kwon, Min-Jae, Kim, Gyo-hwan Koo, Do-Yoon Kim

Plot: Peninsula takes place four years after the zombie outbreak in Train to Busan. The Korean peninsula is devastated and Jung Seok, a former soldier who has managed to escape overseas, is given a mission to go back and unexpectedly meets survivors.

Runtime: 1 Hour 56 Minutes

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Story: Peninsula starts as the spread of the virus as become worldwide news, seeing any Korean turned away from any country, with the rest of the world managing to contain the problem. 4 years after the outbreak soldier Jung Seok (Gang) who managed to escape, only he is still filled with pain for what happened on his escape.

Jung Seok is recruited to head back to South Korea with a group of other survivors as they go in search of money, only for the team to come under attack by the remaining zombies and more surprisingly, survivors Jooni (Lee) and Yu Jin (Lee) from the first attacks.

Thoughts on Peninsula

Characters – Jung Seok is a soldier that was part of the rescue off the coasts of South Korea, he lost his family in the events, while ignore others, four years later he is hiding out in Hong Kong, when he is recruited to return to Korea for a job which will give him freedom, here he finds out there is more than just a simple heist going on, he needs to deal with survivors who have turned the land into their own playground. Min Jung is a woman Jung Seok didn’t help in the escape, she has raised her daughters in the world filled with zombies and human threats, trained them to defend themselves and stay alive, she wants them safe, which sees her team up with Jung to plan an escape for them. Jooni and Yu Jin are the daughters who get an explosive entrance as they bring us a completely over the top car chase around the abandoned streets and are open to a new life. When it comes to the human villains we get a group of thug like figures that wouldn’t look out of place in a Mad Max film, with what they are planning withing their kingdom.

PerformancesDong-Won Gang in the leading role does bring us an entertaining hero to watch look make amends for his errors, with Jung-hyun Lee being the strong fighting mother in the film, with Rel Lee and Ye-Won Lee being the entertaining kids that steal the action scenes. With most of the villainous roles being well over the top, being different enough from the first film.

StoryThe story here takes us back to the world where the zombie outbreak devastated Korea, with the rest of the world remaining virus free, a former soldier must return to capture his freedom with a heist only to find himself in a battle between a family trying to escape a land filled with an evil tyrant and his sick games. This is a sequel to one of the greatest zombie movies ever, with the only connection truly being the world we are in, none of the surviving characters return, which is a disappointment, and we lose the contained environment, which also made the first one feel so unique and special. Away from the flaws from the first one missing, we do enter into a completely new idea of a world, which does blend the Mad Max and Escape from New York environment, with a heist like story. We do have one big overrunning story of redemption involved here too, which does play heavily into characters decision making.

Action/HorrorThe action is bonkers, with massively over the top chase sequences which will see zombies flying everywhere, without having any physics involved with what is happened.

SettingsThe film does show us a post-apocalyptic world after a zombie outbreak, which will see the devastation of what has been happening in the world.

Special EffectsThe effects are the weakest part of the film, this is because none of the sequences look remotely real with the over the top look to them.

Scene of the Movie – The escape chase.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The effects don’t look great.

Final Thoughts This is a wildly over the top sequel that doesn’t reach the heights of the original, only for it to bring us a new vision to the zombie world that works well.

ABC Film Challenge – Animation – Z – Zombillenium (2017) Movie Review

Director: Arthur de Pins, Alexis Ducord

Writer: Arthur de Pins, Alexis Ducord (Screenplay) Arthur de Pins (Book)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Emmanuel Curtil, Alain Choquet, Kelly Marot, Alexis Tomassian, Mat Bastard, Emmanuel Jacomy

Plot: Zombillenium, the Halloween theme park, happens to be the one place on earth where real monsters can hide in plain sight. When Hector, a human, threatens to disclose the true identity of his employees, the Vampire Park Manager has no other choice but to hire him. To see his daughter, Hector must escape from his Zombies and Werewolves coworkers.

Runtime: 1 Hour 18 Minutes

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Verdict: Fun Animation

Story: Zombillenium starts when city inspector Hector looks to investigate the local theme part Zombillenium, only to learn the big secret about the park, the employees are real monsters, forced to work there, with Hector finding himself forced into the becoming the latest employee, with his daughter Lucie being forced into boarding school.

As Hector needs to learn to deal with the fact he is now dead and in fact one of the new monsters, he finds himself breaking more of the rules of the park, putting everyone else in danger, including his own daughter.

Thoughts on Zombillenium

Characters – Hector is a city inspector that hasn’t been the best father, putting his career ahead of his daughter, he does strike fear into the businesses in his city, with his latest inspection being on a horror theme park, where he ends up being turned into one of the employees, here he must help the park survive the changes in demand, which sees his ideas bring the love back to the park. Francis runs the park, needing to find a way to keep the business flying and the staff employed. Gretchen is the intern that is meant to be watching Hector around the park, teaching him about the rules, with her own desire to become one of the main attractions in the park, with her own powers. Steven is the star attraction in the park, the vampire who gets frustrated with the attention spiral out of control, looking to regain his fame.

StoryThe story here follows a city inspector that gets forced into working in the horror theme park as the latest attraction, with his ideas helping the park become stronger even if it does unsettle the system left in place with years of experience in the park. This is a nice spin to how the animated stories are created, with have a horror theme park filled with different creatures looking to remain employed, each monster has the trait that you would expect to see from the era, with plenty of messages about treating people equal in life.

Comedy/HorrorThe comedy in this film comes from the different monsters following or going against the known traits which have surrounding them for years, with the horror shows us how the monsters would look to make more of their abilities without being killers.

SettingsThe film creates a fully functional theme park for the main setting, it shows us how different monsters would run their own rides through the film.

Animation The animation brings us a style that feels fresh and unseen, with it following the style used by Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse.

Scene of the Movie – The concert.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The vampires are not interesting.

Final Thoughts This is an entertaining and enjoyable animation that brings to life a whole new selection of monsters in a modern point of view.

Overall: Enjoyable Animation.