Christopher Nolan’s new thriller Tenet is supposed to be a visual masterpiece. More than that, most people thought it would be the coming out party for renown actor Denzel Washington’s son, the rising star – John David Washington – the man who quietly went from a professional football player to an on-demand actor. The issue with this film is the same issue we’ve been dealing with for the past few months – COVID-19. People are just not comfortable going to the movies right now and Tenet is paying a high price for that. Guy Lodge of Variety dubbed it “a big, brashly beautiful, grandiosely one that will provide succor to audiences long-starved for escapist spectacle on this beefy, made for Imax scale.”
Unfortunately for Sony, no one is filling Imax theaters right now given that the U.S. is in the midst of one of the worst pandemics the world has ever seen. Because of this, Tenet, which was supposed to be the next great blockbuster, has earned under $15 million dollars. Movie theaters are in a world of hurt right now.
The critics are decisively split on Tenet – some enjoying the ride, while others claim the characters are hollow and there’s too many “plotholes.” With the dangers of being in an enclosed space with other people, the journey to a theater to see this film may be exciting and tense – fueled as the movie itself.
Quashon Davis is a bestselling, author who is best known for his trilogy: Masquerade, The Dirty Circle, and Suspect Behavior. He was awarded the book of the year award in 2006 from the prestigious Imani Book Club, and the author to look out for in 2017 by the New York Times.