The end of Tenet is anything but a happy ending

The end of “Tenet” is anything but a happy ending!

Topics such as climate change resonate in “Tenet”

Opinion (with spoilers!)

Opinion (with spoilers!)

If you just accept the end of “Tenet” as it is presented, then you can speak of a happy ending with a clear conscience: The protagonist (John David Washington) not only warded off the danger from the future, he actually was even who actually started the whole mission by traveling back in time in the future (the German language simply does not have enough tenses to express everything correctly and precisely in “tenet”).

a happy ending

Sure, Neil (Robert Pattinson) sacrifices himself. But that’s not really bad either, after all, from the protagonist’s perspective, he still has his whole life ahead of him. Ergo the allusion to the classic film “Casablanca” when Neil, shortly before he throws himself into death, talks about the beginning (and not just the end) of a wonderful friendship …

So that ends well, starts well, all right? Regardless of whether forwards or backwards?

So that ends well, starts well, all right?

One step further it’s getting very dark!

But what exactly did the protagonist prevent with his commitment? You could imagine the whole story of “Tenet” from the perspective of the future:

did the protagonist actually prevent with his commitment?

After centuries of exploitation, the earth is finally on the verge of collapse. Wars, famines and natural disasters are likely to be raging. Global warming, rising sea levels, the devastation of the earth’s surface – none of this can be stopped for a long time …

And in this supposedly hopeless situation, a scientist comes up with an ingenious invention with which the already sealed fate of mankind can still be bent: With the so-called inversion, the passage of time can be reversed – instead of finally collapsing, nature would imitate itself and after recovering, at some point even return to their original state …

But puff pie: Some ass in the past with his tenet program wrecks everything in the last second. Shut up, humanity dead!

Some ass in the past ruined everything with his tenet program at the last second 123Movie.

Every man for himself

I’m a big fan of “Tenet” – my 5-star review was far too positive for many readers:

The review of “Tenet”

But at that point I also see a wasted opportunity: The ethical decision that the protagonist makes by saving his own generation, but at the same time sealing the final end of humanity, is never really negotiated in the film.

a missed chance:

The dilemma behind this is in times of climate change

Whether you regard the end of “Tenet” as a happy ending or not has something to do with whether you are already living according to the now literally understandable saying “After me the flood” – or whether you are already living in future Allowing generations to flow into his (political) considerations, because it simply seems morally appropriate, even if the not-yet-born are not allowed to vote for a long time.

or whether one is already allowing future generations to flow into one’s (political) considerations,

“Tenet” has been in German cinemas since August 26th.

“Tenet” has been in German cinemas since August 26th.