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** Which creates some Fridge logic: touching yourslef and annihilating creates a grandfather paradox, you would have to touch your inverted self, invert, than touch your original self, but if you touched yourself and annihilated you would not be able to invert, and could not have touched yourself.

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** Which creates some Fridge logic: touching yourslef yourself and annihilating creates a grandfather paradox, you would have to touch your inverted self, invert, than touch your original self, but if you touched yourself and annihilated you would not be able to invert, after touching your original self and could not have touched yourself. can't do anything after.


* Inverted cars probably shouldn't work: they need outside air in the same way a person does, or the engine would have to work somehow with fire burning in reverse from normal gas and air in an inverted engine. Setting the gas from the car on fire might also not work for the same reason, it is inverted gas burning with normal air. (Some other parts of the car chase may be iffy, but this troper's knowledge of the cars in question is thin due to not driving much.)

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* Inverted cars probably shouldn't work: they need outside air in the same way a person does, or the engine would have to work somehow with fire burning in reverse from normal gas and air in an inverted engine. Setting the gas from the car on fire might also not work for the same reason, it is inverted gas burning with normal air. (Some other parts of the car chase may be iffy, but this troper's knowledge of the cars in question is thin due to not driving much.)
) Battery powered cars would work, however, since the battery is entirely contained in the car. If only it took place a decade later...

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** Which creates some Fridge logic: touching yourslef and annihilating creates a grandfather paradox, you would have to touch your inverted self, invert, than touch your original self, but if you touched yourself and annihilated you would not be able to invert, and could not have touched yourself.


** Unrelated: the first time he was in the Oslo freeport, the Protagonist failed to find and destroy the forged Goya, meaning that Kat was still trapped. The second time, he and Neil succeeded in getting an inverted Kat in and out of the freeport Turnstile, effectively saving her from Sator's control (since Sator left her for dead and thus had no reason to think she would survive).

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** Unrelated: the * The first time he was in the Oslo freeport, the Protagonist failed to find and destroy the forged Goya, meaning that Kat was still trapped. The second time, he and Neil succeeded in getting an inverted Kat in and out of the freeport Turnstile, effectively saving her from Sator's control (since Sator left her for dead and thus had no reason to think she would survive).


* Kat calls the Protagonist out on his bullshit about Arepo by telling him there's no way he and Arepo could have met, as he's crippled, presumably since Sator had him crippled. Protagonist tells her that they spoke on the phone, to which she responds "he can't do that either". Later in the film, Sator describes his [[ComplexityAddiction rather complex plan]] to slice Protagonist's throat and stuff his own testicles inside it. [[NauseaFuel Well, now we know why he can't talk on the phone either]]--and not just because he's very likely dead.
* Neil actually screwed up and possibly got himself killed. When he saw Volkov place the tripwire, he could have simply followed his team, making sure he survives and/or telling some other members of his team. Then, the blue team can tell the red team about Volkov and the tripwire (which doesn't reveal anything about the algorithm), and they can plan appropriately and deal with both as needed.
** Not quite. What happens to the tunnel, the only available way for Tenet to get to the hypocenter, cannot be changed. No amount of foreknowledge or planning could have circumvented that no more than it could have stopped the actual explosion at Stalsk-12, which Tenet was deliberately working ''not'' to stop. Besides, a lone tunnel that the enemy had conspicuously rigged with a trap? The tunnel that Tenet distracted from by destroying a building at T minus 5 minutes, for Ives and the Protagonist to rush in? The information that Blue Team gave Red Team is deliberately incomplete: to leave some possibility space for Tenet within the established events. As Ives said: need to know, you don't. Neil didn't simply act on what he ''knew''; he acted on his tenet, just as the Protagonist did in Tallinn and Oslo.

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* Kat calls the Protagonist out on his bullshit about Arepo by telling him there's no way he and Arepo could have met, as he's crippled, presumably since Sator had him crippled. Protagonist tells her that they spoke on the phone, to which she responds "he can't do that either". Later in the film, Sator describes his [[ComplexityAddiction rather complex plan]] to slice Protagonist's throat and stuff his own testicles inside it. [[NauseaFuel Well, now we know why he can't talk on the phone either]]--and not just because he's very likely dead.
* Neil actually screwed up and possibly got himself killed. When he saw Volkov place the tripwire, he could have simply followed his team, making sure he survives and/or telling some other members of his team. Then, the blue team can tell the red team about Volkov and the tripwire (which doesn't reveal anything about the algorithm), and they can plan appropriately and deal with both as needed.
** Not quite. What happens to the tunnel, the only available way for Tenet to get to the hypocenter, cannot be changed. No amount of foreknowledge or planning could have circumvented that no more than it could have stopped the actual explosion at Stalsk-12, which Tenet was deliberately working ''not'' to stop. Besides, a lone tunnel that the enemy had conspicuously rigged with a trap? The tunnel that Tenet distracted from by destroying a building at T minus 5 minutes, for Ives and the Protagonist to rush in? The information that Blue Team gave Red Team is deliberately incomplete: to leave some possibility space for Tenet within the established events. As Ives said: need to know, you don't. Neil didn't simply act on what he ''knew''; he acted on his tenet, just as the Protagonist did in Tallinn and Oslo.
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* Neil actually screwed up and possibly got himself killed. When he saw Volkov place the tripwire, he could have simply followed his team, making sure he survives and/or telling some other members of his team. Then, the blue team can tell the red team about Volkov and the tripwire (which doesn't reveal anything about the algorithm), and they can plan appropriately and deal with both as needed.

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* Neil actually screwed up and possibly got himself killed. When he saw Volkov place the tripwire, he could have simply followed his team, making sure he survives and/or telling some other members of his team. Then, the blue team can tell the red team about Volkov and the tripwire (which doesn't reveal anything about the algorithm), and they can plan appropriately and deal with both as needed.needed.
** Not quite. What happens to the tunnel, the only available way for Tenet to get to the hypocenter, cannot be changed. No amount of foreknowledge or planning could have circumvented that no more than it could have stopped the actual explosion at Stalsk-12, which Tenet was deliberately working ''not'' to stop. Besides, a lone tunnel that the enemy had conspicuously rigged with a trap? The tunnel that Tenet distracted from by destroying a building at T minus 5 minutes, for Ives and the Protagonist to rush in? The information that Blue Team gave Red Team is deliberately incomplete: to leave some possibility space for Tenet within the established events. As Ives said: need to know, you don't. Neil didn't simply act on what he ''knew''; he acted on his tenet, just as the Protagonist did in Tallinn and Oslo.



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* Inverted cars probably shouldn't work: they need outside air in the same way a person does, or the engine would have to work somehow with fire burning in reverse from normal gas and air in an inverted engine. Setting the gas from the car on fire might also not work for the same reason, it is inverted gas burning with normal air. (Some other parts of the car chase may be iffy, but this troper's knowledge of the cars in question is thin due to not driving much.)



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* In Kat's final scene with Andrei on the boat, she makes a point of putting sunscreen on his back, enough to leave a huge smear. After she's shot him, she's able to drag him across the floor much more easily because of the slippery sunscreen; you can even hear it squishing.


* Neil brings up the grandfather paradox to explain the mysterious future antagonists' goals. There's another popular idea about time travel known as the bootstrap paradox, in which items or information is present in a StableTimeLoop with no point or origin outside of it. Tenet, Satori and the future antagonists all operate on knowledge gained from observing inverted time states, making the entire film a bootstrap paradox in action.

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* Neil brings up the grandfather paradox to explain the mysterious future antagonists' goals. There's another popular idea about time travel known as the bootstrap paradox, in which items or information is present in a StableTimeLoop with no point or of origin outside of it. Tenet, Satori Sator and the future antagonists all operate on knowledge gained from observing inverted time states, making the entire film a bootstrap paradox in action.



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* Neil brings up the grandfather paradox to explain the mysterious future antagonists' goals. There's another popular idea about time travel known as the bootstrap paradox, in which items or information is present in a StableTimeLoop with no point or origin outside of it. Tenet, Satori and the future antagonists all operate on knowledge gained from observing inverted time states, making the entire film a bootstrap paradox in action.



* Neil actually screwed up and possibly got himself killed. When he saw Volkov place the tripwire, he could have simply followed his team, making sure he survives and/or telling some other members of his team. Than, the blue team can tell the red team about Volkov and the tripwire (which doesn't reveal anything about the algorithm), and they can plan appropriately and deal with both as needed.

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* Neil actually screwed up and possibly got himself killed. When he saw Volkov place the tripwire, he could have simply followed his team, making sure he survives and/or telling some other members of his team. Than, Then, the blue team can tell the red team about Volkov and the tripwire (which doesn't reveal anything about the algorithm), and they can plan appropriately and deal with both as needed.


* Kat calls the Protagonist out on his bullshit about Arepo by telling him there's no way he and Arepo could have met, as he's crippled, presumably since Sator had him crippled. Protagonist tells her that they spoke on the phone, to which she responds "he can't do that either". Later in the film, Sator describes his [[ComplexityAddiction rather complex plan]] to slice Protagonist's throat and stuff his own testicles inside it. [[NauseaFuel Well, now we know why he can't talk on the phone either]]--and not just because he's very likely dead.

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* Kat calls the Protagonist out on his bullshit about Arepo by telling him there's no way he and Arepo could have met, as he's crippled, presumably since Sator had him crippled. Protagonist tells her that they spoke on the phone, to which she responds "he can't do that either". Later in the film, Sator describes his [[ComplexityAddiction rather complex plan]] to slice Protagonist's throat and stuff his own testicles inside it. [[NauseaFuel Well, now we know why he can't talk on the phone either]]--and not just because he's very likely dead.dead.
* Neil actually screwed up and possibly got himself killed. When he saw Volkov place the tripwire, he could have simply followed his team, making sure he survives and/or telling some other members of his team. Than, the blue team can tell the red team about Volkov and the tripwire (which doesn't reveal anything about the algorithm), and they can plan appropriately and deal with both as needed.


* After the interrogation, the protagonist says "he would have shot her anyway". Makes sense on its own for a spy movie using the logic described, but he can also see this from the inverted bullet hole.

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* After the interrogation, the protagonist says "he would have shot her anyway". Makes sense on its own for a spy movie using the logic described, movie, but he can also see this from the inverted bullet hole.



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* After the interrogation, the protagonist says "he would have shot her anyway". Makes sense on its own for a spy movie using the logic described, but he can also see this from the inverted bullet hole.


** The antagonist is named Sator ("SATOR" means "seeder" or "founder", he's the one who kicks off the plot)
** The forger is named Arepo (no meaning has been given to this word)
** Tenet is at the core of the film ("tenet" means a principle to hold on to)

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** The antagonist is named Sator ("SATOR" means "seeder" or "founder", "founder"; he's the one who kicks off the plot)
** The forger is named Arepo (no meaning has been given to this word)
word; but if we were to consider "Opera's" meaning, in the context of the film Arepo would be a "creator/laborer of false works")
** Tenet is at the core of the film ("tenet" means a principle to hold on to)that one believes in)


* Kat calls the Protagonist out on his bullshit about Arepo by telling him there's no way he and Arepo could have met, as he's crippled, presumably since Sator had him crippled. Protagonist tells her that they spoke on the phone, to which she responds "he can't do that either". Later in the film, Sator describes his [[ComplexityAddiction rather complex plan]] to slice Protagonist's throat and stuff his own testicles inside it. [[NauseaFuel Well, now we know why he can't talk on the phone either]]--and not just because he's veey likely dead.

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* Kat calls the Protagonist out on his bullshit about Arepo by telling him there's no way he and Arepo could have met, as he's crippled, presumably since Sator had him crippled. Protagonist tells her that they spoke on the phone, to which she responds "he can't do that either". Later in the film, Sator describes his [[ComplexityAddiction rather complex plan]] to slice Protagonist's throat and stuff his own testicles inside it. [[NauseaFuel Well, now we know why he can't talk on the phone either]]--and not just because he's veey very likely dead.

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