Schindler’s List


Directed by Steven Spielberg, the name is enough. He enjoys immense love and justified appreciation. It’s not just a rumour, but his name transcends to million footfalls to theatres and multiple OTT replays. But this movie is special because as a Jew Spielberg felt the pain of Holocaust and thus this was personal. Spielberg’s paternal grandparents were Jews from Ukraine. I really hope things cool down very soon in Ukraine and somebody someday make a film on the crisis in Ukraine.

After watching “The Kashmir Files” I felt like watching the list because I wanted to see how we can make better movies without the propaganda. The Kashmir Files is necessary minus the very few political flaws and propaganda it subtly injects into its viewers. Asking the questions is not anti-national and not all JNU people come with an agenda. Kashmir Files tells many truths and ought to be told but also hides a lot of the actual/factual truths. Just like a dictator it blatantly shows only the side they want to without any iota of balance.

But Schindler’s List is different because it never lets the bleakness of the Holocaust overwhelm its important theme of fighting for the common good. The director says, “My primary purpose in making Schindler’s List was for education. The Holocaust had been treated as just a footnote in so many textbooks or not mentioned at all. Millions knew little if anything about it. Others tried to deny it happened at all.”

Keneally’s best-known work, Schindler’s Ark was published in 1982; also known as Schindler’s List and film released in 1993, tells the true story of Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist who saved more than 1,300 Jews from the Nazis. . Liam Neeson plays very well Schindler however shows his true side that he was a playboy and so on. He was not a saint. He cheated on his wife, drank excessively and spied for Abwehr, the counter-espionage arm of the Wehrmacht (German army), in Czechoslovakia.

But the true characteristics of human beings cannot be spliced even in the most fascist regimes. Sometimes character flaws bring in real joy, excitement and belief. Steven Spielberg’s movie, Schindler’s List, while important, impressive and admirable in many respects, tries to show the true face of propaganda and mass bullshit and how an entire nation can be mass brainwashed to fuel hatred amoung it’s people and bring a great nation down. Something India and Indians need to really ponder upon.

After Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Oskar Schindler sets up an enamelware factory in Krakow that used a combination of Jewish workers interred by the Germans and free Polish workers. His initial interest, of course, was to make money. But as time went on, he grew to care about his Jewish workers, particularly those with whom he came into contact on a daily basis. In addition, helping Jews became a way to fight against what he viewed as disastrous and brutal policies emanating from Adolf Hitler and the SS. Oskar Schindler convinced German authorities his factory was vital and that he needed trained workers. But Schindler did not author or dictate the list instead, Marcel Goldberg, a Jewish “clerk” compiled it. There is a line in the movie which goes like, “That’s not just good old fashioned Jew hate talk. Its policy now” and it hits hard and makes us aware that nothing has changed in present too. Itzhak Stern, played in the movie by Ben Kingsley was one of the most powerful character more of culmination of lot of people at that time. Oskar Schindler was a great man publicly and a not so great man privately but he saved the lives of more than 1,000 Jews during the Holocaust and that’s why a movie has been made on him. The imperfections in his character and the nuances in the historical record only make his story more remarkable.

The movie’s budget was just $22 million. No one had ever made a profitable film about the Holocaust. Spielberg himself didn’t take a salary, calling it “blood money.” Something Vivek Agnihotri and makers of “The Kashmir Files” should ponder upon. As I write this Kashmir Files has already touched 250 Cr. Such sensitive films should come with not just spontanity but also empathy which is found in Spielberg and lacks in Agnihotri’s.

This movie reminded me of another Spielberg movies which moved and caved in Bridge of Spies. Bridge was about the fine art of negotiation and the List is about the fine art of “Gratitude” you will hear this word a lot in the Schindler’s List. I felt both the movies very similar and fantastic.

The use of black and white cinematography also makes me think of “KOTA FACTORY” both shot in black and white to resemble the dark and hollowness of the subject material. Art does make you uncomfortable and that’s it’s Dharma and Karma but propoganda does give you only the bigoted narration with giving the example that his master is always a good guy.

In one scene, Schindler implores Goeth to spray water into the cars on a hot day to help the dehydrated Jews inside. Goeth tells him that to do so would give false hope—a clear implication that the trains deliver Jews to their deaths.The lists become increasingly ominous during sorting exercises to determine who is fit to work or who is “essential” and who is not. Those deemed “unessential” are placed on the list to be evacuated to extermination camps. Stern’s name appears on a list sending him to Auschwitz. When Schindler saves him, an SS officer mentions that it doesn’t matter which Jew gets on the train, and that keeping track of names just means more paperwork. This disregard for names and particularity symbolizes the extent to which the Nazis dehumanized Jews. Schindler’s list is one that saves lives. The Nazis’ lists represent evil and death, but Schindler’s list represents pure good and life. In an ironic twist, the final list in the film is a list that Schindler’s workers give to him—a list of their signatures vouching for Schindler as a good man, to help him if Allied soldiers catch him. The saved in turn become saviors.

The one-armed man who thanks Schindler for employing him and making him “essential” is shot in the head by an SS officer as he shovels snow the next day. Blood flows from his head, staining the surrounding snow. In a later scene, Goeth orders the execution of a Jewish woman engineer who tells Goeth of a fatal construction error. Her blood, too, pours from her head and darkens the snow around her. The blood pouring from the victims’ heads is both literally and metaphorically the lifeblood being bled out of the Jewish race. In yet another scene, Goeth attempts to execute a rabbi working at the Plaszów labor camp. The rabbi stays kneeling as Goeth again and again attempts to shoot him in the head. But the gun jams, and the rabbi is spared, symbolizing the tenuous protection the Schindlerjuden had and the fine line between life and death.

The film talks about the corruption of not just money but hearts and minds too. It shows us privileges and different aspects of life while keeping humanity before profits and ideologies. Intricacies of personal and professional lives are intertwined here for the good sake.


The actual Oskar Schindler died in 1974 and was buried in Jerusalem on Mount Zion. He is the only former member of the Nazi Party to be honored in this way. He and his wife Emilie were named Righteous Among the Nations by the Israeli government in 1993, something that would be hard to believe could happen without the film highlighting his life. 

As we all know, Spielberg and the film went on to win several Academy Awards for Schindler’s List, including Best Picture and Best Director. The film also won for Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing. Spielberg would win another Best Director Oscar for Saving Private Ryan five years later, but for him what happened with Schindler would be his crowning achievement. 

Schindler’s List is a rare movie whose legacy is just as important as its existence.

Perhaps the lasting legacy of the film, aside from tolerance, is the image of the girl in red. During the liquidation of the ghetto scene, we see a little girl wandering. She serves as the person Schindler and the audience fixate on. The weight of the atrocity that we carry as viewers.When prompted to talk about one of the only color moments in the film, the girl in red, Spielberg told USA Today, “In (Thomas Keneally’s) book, Schindler couldn’t get over the fact that a little girl was walking during the liquidation of the Krakow ghetto. While everyone was being put on trucks or shot in the street, one little girl in a red, red coat was being ignored by the SS.”

For Spielberg, that came to symbolize the blind eye world leaders turned to the murders going on in Europe. “To me, that meant that Roosevelt and Eisenhower—and probably Stalin and Churchill—knew about the Holocaust… and did nothing to stop it. It was almost as though the Holocaust itself was wearing red.” Same repeats in Ukraine too.

Spielberg helped develop and found The Shoah Foundation. It furthered the education and established “The Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation” to document the testimonies of thousands of survivors. For Spielberg, he wanted future generations to have these eyewitness accounts to serve as a permanent record. He hoped that there would never be a time we saw Nazism and fascism on the rise again. The project has collected the testimony of more than 55,000 survivors and witnesses to the Holocaust as well as other atrocities. “It wouldn’t have happened without Schindler’s List,” he said. “The Shoah Foundation wouldn’t exist.” Something the Hypocritic Vivek Agnihotri should think about. I still stand by that “The Kashmir files” should be shown to everyone without propoganda and only one agenda that this atrocities and “Genocide” should not be repeated on any one anywhere.

The film is available on Netflix. Go, watch, think.

J e a n s

100% Love, 0% Cotton.That’s what the makers of this movie say. 

Refreshing and enriching to some extent.
Initially titled “genes”. Later the makers thought that the word “genes” would not appeal to semi urban and rural viewers . Hence they renamed the movie to a much trendy name “jeans”. 

Shankar proves that Mechanical Engineers can do anything in this world and I being one stand by it. 😅
Songs are shot at exotic locations in all Shankar’s movies, a movie can be produced out of just the songs budget from his movies. 
One such interesting song is shot at all the seven wonders of modern world. The poster depicts Eiffel Tower and it has nothing to do with the movie apart from few second sequence in that song. 

Some lyrics & translation :

Poovukkul Olinthirukkum Kanikkoottam Athisayam
Vannathu Poochigalinmael Oaviyangal Athisayam
Thunai sellum Kaatru Mellisai yaathal Athisayam
Gurunaathar Illaatha Kuyil Paattu Athisayam
Athisayamae Asanthupoagum Neeyenthan Athisayam
The seeds of fruits, inside a flower, is a thing of fascination.
Beautiful art on the body of fireflies, is a thing of fascination.
Tunes of the wind, as it accompanies me, is a thing of fascination.
The melody of the Cuckoo, without a teacher, is a thing of fascination.
Oh you thing of beauty, that fascinates all fascinations, you, my love, is my thing of fascination.

Set in LA initially it’s about a pair of twin brothers, and then it plays serve and volley with past present to make it exiting. Movie definitely lacks editing skills. 
Lyrics by Vairamuthu and music by A R Rahman is killer. It makes you hmm for the whole week. 
The total runtime of Visual FX in this movie was more than Jurassic Park 93 and was featured in Guinness Book of World Records for some time.The VFX was simply butter smooth for that time.
Ending is predictable but gives you a beautiful glimpse of Tamil drama with punch worthy and non stereotypical dialogues. 

Overall, a good 90’s Shankar entertainer with Aishwarya Rai, music and asthectics. Available on Amazon Prime Video in Tamil only and, get some delicious rasam, vadas and end with a jigarthanda.

Jeans on Letterboxd

Saina (2021) – sports biopic review, on Amazon Prime Video.

It’s unbelievable that “Saina” comes from someone who made Taare Zameen Par.

Saina is old hindi bipoicy formulated movie which right intentions but not so tight execution.

Unprofessional, unpromising, unsympathetic, uncharmismatic, unconditionally bad. Filled with non natural performances.

Saina is like that cherry which looks glossy but tastes artificial.

There are two Malik’s in this movie Meghna Malik and Armaan Malik. But Meghna Malik as Usha Rani Nehwal does a wonderful job and has single handedly upped the acting game in the movie.
Armaan Malik’s music is in stark contrast to the other Malik. No feel, no retention. Yet bearable unlike “Tony Kakkad”. 😅
Subhrajyoti Barat who plays Saina’s dad Dr Harvir Singh Nehwal also does a good job. (You might have seen him in Mirzapur on same Amazon Prime platform).
Manav Kaul’s as charming as always he portrays Pullela Gopichand and
Ankur Vikal looks fresh and interesting but again bad writing overpowers good performances.
Eshan Naqvi looks promising and cute but doesn’t get much written for his role.
Manav Kaul’s near perfect hindi with Nakko makes it funny and intentional relevancy lays flat.

Earlier, Shraddha Kapoor was signed to play Nehwal’s role, and she even started filming in September 2018 after training, but later she opted out of the film due to health issues. Even Paresh Rawal was roped in to play Saina’s father.
After seeing the visuals from YT I personally feel Shradha Kapoor looks more like Saina than Parineeti.

Dialoguebaazi itni thi nahi, writing could have been better. Thoda toh MSD se inspired hote.. That was such a delightful movie. Even Saina’s mole changes it’s size after every shot that’s the consistency of this movie.

Disappointed because P.Kashyap has been shown only in hindsight that too just as a chocolaty cherry boy. Felt bad for him. Would have looked as his perspectives also. That’s what a biopic has to do right explore different personalities in different perspectives.

This one is just a plain single tone biopic.

Available on Amazon Prime Video. Don’t watch if you have something better to watch. Even old matches of Saina Nehwal. Carolina Marine, P.V Sindhu can be found on YouTube and enjoyed while having comfort dinner of Dal Rice or Chole Bhature/Puri at dinner time/table.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) / Nominated for Oscars – Best Picture.

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The Swashank Redemption -G.O.A.T – The greatest movie of all times…Best! Best!

This review may contain spoilers.

Best Movie ever ever ever!!!!!!! Period. 

The Shawshank Redemption is a roaring artistic success on every level. Not only do the performance of Freeman and Robbins rank among the best of all time, but Shawshank is filled with brilliantly realized supporting characters who surprise and enthrall in equal measure.

My most favorite movie of all time, and yet I have no words, also me writing the longest review of mine ever.

ANDY: I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.

RED: Same old sh*t, different day.

BROOKS: Easy peasy japanesey.

CAPTAIN HADLEY: What is your malfunction, you fat barrel of monkey spunk?

RED: I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. Still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend.

RED: I find I’m so excited that I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel. A free man at a start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.

ANDY: Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.

Directed by Frank Darabont. This gem is a must-watch, and certainly the most-watched.
The word of caution would be to watch this movie with significant time left, it’s a slow burn and definitely needs a lot of time later to comprehend and to sink it in, it might not happen in one but once it does it will hit you anything.

The film has the best because it talks about Music, Books, Salvation within and ofcourse the most beautiful and important aspect H O P E. 

The Shawshank Redemption is an allegory for maintaining one’s feeling of self-worth when placed in a hopeless position. Andy’s integrity is an important theme in the storyline, especially in prison, where integrity is lacking.

The film provides a great illustration of how characters can be free, even in prison, or imprisoned, even in freedom, based on their outlooks on life.

Kevin Costner was offered the part of the main character Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption. Tom Hanks turned down the role of Andy Dufresne due to scheduling conflicts with “Forrest Gump.” The same stuff happens everywhere from Shahrukh Khan to Aamir, someone refuses an offer and turns out a significant masterpiece to another.

Frank Darabont’s take on the story was an inspirational tale of hope and perseverance.

The scene most meaningful to me in “The Shawshank Redemption” was the scene where Red is finally approved to be released from Shawshank Prison. In this scene we know that Red is rejected every time to be released, he has been in prison for 40 years and he finally gets released by changing his statement to the board. Instead of saying he feels he has been rehabilitated and being rejected every time he is honest and says he believes rehabilitation is an illusion and no matter how sorry he is he will never be rehabilitated, therefore he doesn’t care about freedom anymore. This scene is meaningful to me because Red is rejected from being released so many times, and when he is finally honest about how he feels he is released. Red changed his speech to the parole committee the last time because he was done being rejected after saying a speech he didn’t believe in just felt he had to say it. Instead of saying he felt he had truly been rehabilitated, he said how he really felt because he figured either way he was going to be rejected.

The significance of the title “The Shawshank Redemption” is finding redemption in Shawshank prison, not only for the characters but also for the prison itself. Redemption is the act of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil (according to the oxford dictionary). The title is intended for the characters Red and Andy. Red has been in prison for 40 years for a murder he committed when he was a teenager, he is asked if he thinks he has been rehabilitated and he gives a speech each time but is never released. Andy is looking for redemption because he in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Andy gets Redemption when he brings down the corrupt prison when he escapes and Red gains redemption when he is finally released. Andy and Red are both seeking redemption from Shawshank Prison.
The concept of Brooks being an “institutional man” can be applied to high school and students entering “the real world” because students in high school usually have someone to keep them on track, due dates are flexible. 

Andy calls Nortan “Obtuse”.
When applied to a person, obtuse means stupid, lacking in perception or understanding. In the movie The Shawshank Redemption, Andy uses the word in reference to the prison warden: Andy: How can you be so obtuse? Warden Norton: What? What did you call me?

The Marriage of Figaro composed by Mozart is also heart beautifully in this film.

The crane shot when Andy escapes from Shawshank helps signify to the audience that Andy is finally free. The crane shot shows Andy finally on the other side of the prison fence he takes his prison clothes off, stretches his arms out, and lets the rain fall down. By using a crane shot the audience is able to see Andy on the other side of the prison fence, and as the camera goes up as the rain is falling down we are able to see the freedom that Andy feels.
Three examples of mise-en-scene are clothing, setting, and lighting. Clothing helps contribute to the authenticity of the film because the clothing tells us who the characters are. The clothing indicates the position of the character, the prisoners have specific clothing that is easy to identify and the jail guards also have easy to identify uniforms. The setting contributes to the authenticity of the film because without the setting we wouldn’t know where the characters were. The setting of the prison is very distinct and if the film wasn’t set in a place that looked like a prison the film would be lacking.

Music in the film is used to convey different emotions because the music sets the mood. When Brooks leaves the prison, and it shows his life out of the prison up until when he hangs himself the music is very sad and slow. When Andy escapes from the prison the music is loud and happy. Without the music, the mood of the scene would not be conveyed as easily to the audience.
The friends drinking beer on a rooftop at 10 in the morning was a scene that also soothes out and gives a smile on my face every time.

Reds voice throughout the film is a voiceover, and is very calming and serene. The effect this has on the audience is that we get an inside voice on what is happening in the film. Reds voice gives us not only background information but also emotions and flashbacks.
An example of non-continuity editing in the film is the flashback where Tommy is telling Andy about his cellmate confessing to killing Andy’s wife and lover. This was used to show the man that actually did commit the crime, the way he confessed to it, and to show the audience that Tommy was telling the truth and Andy really is innocent.

Other situations of the new fish are similar to when Andy first arrives at the prison is the prisoners lined up at the fence shouting at the “new fish”. Another situation is the prisoners making predictions about the new prisoners coming in just as they did to Andy.

The $370,000 that Andy Dufresne steals from the Warden in 1966 may not seem like a huge amount for 20 years in prison, but adjusted for inflation to 2014, Andy stole about $2.75 million.

One more perspective : The movie was about Andy Dufresne, narrated in third person by Red. Andy doesn’t narrate the movie because he is dead. This is Red’s story about his fear of death and his final acceptance of it, much in the same way that Brooks’ final letter is. The entire prison escape sequence is a fantasy concocted by Red to ease his distress over the suicide of his friend.

The major piece of evidence is when Red talks about Andy while he’s in the prison graveyard. Everything he says is indicative of someone who’s dead, not just escaped:

“Sometimes it makes me sad, though, Andy being gone. I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged, their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place that you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend”.

The gravestones in this scene drive home the true meaning of this speech.

Other clues:

The Pacific Ocean is a euphemism for death. Andy, on his last day when he is despondent, says he wants to go to the Pacific. Pacific literally translates to “peaceful”. Andy also says that Mexicans say “it has no memory”. In Greek legend, the River Styx in the afterlife of Hades removes memories of the living. Andy wants to go to a peaceful place with no memory, i.e. death. Red says that “something that big would scare the shit out of me”. He is terrified about the idea of death, until the end when he finally accepts it as the better alternative to living in fear.

The last thing Andy says is “Get busy living or get busy dying”. He chose the latter.

Red says that for the second time in his life he’s guilty of committing a crime. In his role as a prison contraband supplier, it is patently not true that he has only committed one crime. This is the euphemistic way they speak of death the entire movie. He calls it a “parole violation”. His first crime was murder. This is not his second crime, but the second life he’s taken — his own.

Brooks’s last words, “I doubt they’ll kick up any fuss, not for an old crook like me”, were very similar to Red’s “I doubt they’ll toss up any roadblocks for that, not for an old crook like me”.

Andy buys a 6′ length of rope and then doesn’t come out of his cell the next morning.

The place to “cross the border” is Fort Hancock – “Hancock” as in “hand cock” the pistol. Red was looking at the pistols in the store window.

Red puts a suit on the same way Brooks did right before he killed himself. In the flashback sequence of Andy’s escape we also see him in a suit. Putting on a suit is preparing yourself for death.

In the end sequence on the beach, Red is joining Andy in death. They are both finally “at peace”.

In an interview, Freeman said, “About everywhere you go, people say, ‘The Shawshank Redemption—greatest movie I ever saw'” and that such praise “Just comes out of them”. Robbins said, “I swear to God, all over the world—all over the world—wherever I go, there are people who say, ‘That movie changed my life’ “

Some trivia from Wikipedia :
The oak tree, under which Andy leaves a note for Red directing him to Zihuatanejo, became a symbol of hope for its role in the film, and is considered iconic.In 2016, The New York Times reported that the tree attracted thousands of visitors annually.The tree was partially destroyed on July 29, 2011, when it was split by lightning; news of the damage was reported across the United States on newscasts, in newspapers, and on websites as far away as India. The tree was completely felled by strong winds on or around July 22, 2016, and its vestiges were cut down in April 2017. The remains were turned into The Shawshank Redemption memorabilia including rock hammers and magnets.

The prison site, which was planned to be fully torn down after filming, became a tourist attraction. The Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society, a group of enthusiasts of the film, purchased the building and site from Ohio for one dollar in 2000 and took up maintaining it as a historical landmark, both as to its purpose as a prison and as the filming site. A 2019 report estimated the attraction to be earning $16 million in annual revenue.[41] Many of the rooms and props remain there, including the false pipe through which Andy escapes, and a portion of the oak tree from the finale, after it was damaged in 2011. The surrounding area is also visited by fans, while local businesses market “Shawshanwiches” and Bundt cakes in the shape of the prison. According to the Mansfield/Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau (later renamed Destination Mansfield), tourism in the area had increased every year since The Shawshank Redemption premiered, and in 2013 drew in 18,000 visitors and over $3 million to the local economy. As of 2019, Destination Mansfield operates the Shawshank Trail, a series of 15 marked stops around locations related to the film across Mansfield, Ashland, Upper Sandusky, and St Croix. The trail earned $16.9 million in revenue in 2018.

In late August 2014, a series of events was held in Mansfield to celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary including a screening of the film at the Renaissance Theatre, a bus tour of certain filming locations, and a cocktail party at the reformatory. Cast from the film attended some of the events, including Gunton, Scott Mann, Renee Blaine, and James Kisicki The 25th anniversary was similarly celebrated in August 2019. Guests included Darabont, Blaine, Mann, Gunton, Alfonso Freeman, Bellows, Rolston, Claire Slemmer, and Frank Medrano. Darabont stated that only at this event, the first time he had returned to Mansfield, was he able to realize the lasting impact of the film, stating, “It is a very surreal feeling to be back all these years later and people are still talking about it.”

The film was also competing with Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump ah 1994 was a great year 😛 FYI, Jurassic Park was just released in 1993.

Robbins claimed that South African politician Nelson Mandela told him about his love for the film.

Director Steven Spielberg said that the film was “a chewing-gum movie—if you step on it, it sticks to your shoe”.
Speaking on the film’s 25th anniversary, Darabont said that older generations were sharing it with younger generations, contributing to its longevity.
The film was dedicated to Allen Greene, Darabont’s former agent, who died during filming from AIDS.
Experienced cinematographer Roger Deakins was roped in, he has taken some brilliant and heart-filling shots.
Freeman was cast at the suggestion of producer Liz Glotzer, who ignored the novella’s character description of a white Irishman, nicknamed “Red”. Freeman’s character alludes to the choice when queried by Andy on why he is called Red, replying “Maybe it’s because I’m Irish.

At the time, prison-based films were not considered likely box-office successes, but Darabont’s script was read by then-Castle Rock Entertainment producer Liz Glotzer, whose interest in prison stories, and reaction to the script led her to threaten to quit if Castle Rock did not produce The Shawshank Redemption. Director and Castle Rock co-founder Rob Reiner also liked the script. He offered Darabont between $2.4 million and $3 million to allow him to direct it himself. Reiner, who had previously adapted King’s 1982 novella The Body into the 1986 film Stand by Me, planned to cast Tom Cruise as Andy and Harrison Ford as Red.

Castle Rock offered to finance any other film Darabont wanted to develop. Darabont seriously considered the offer, citing growing up poor in Los Angeles, believing it would elevate his standing in the industry, and that Castle Rock could have contractually fired him and given the film to Reiner, anyway, but he chose to remain the director, saying in a 2014 Variety interview, “you can continue to defer your dreams in exchange for money and, you know, die without ever having done the thing you set out to do”. Reiner served as Darabont’s mentor on the project, instead. Within two weeks of showing the script to Castle Rock, Darabont had a $25 million budget to make his film (taking a $750,000 screenwriting and directing salary plus a percentage of the net profits),and pre-production began in January 1993.

In 2015, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

It has been the number-one film on IMDb’s user-generated Top 250 since 2008, when it surpassed The Godfather, having remained at or near the top since the late 1990s.
Available on Amazon Prime Video in India and on Netflix in some countries, don’t fret much it is the most easiest movie to be found. All thanks to it’s popularity.
Lasting fan appreciation has led to it being considered one of the most beloved films of all time.


Well, in a single line to put, it’s a great and enjoyable film but not as intense and deep as Nolan’s other work.

Even though I am a adherent fan of Christopher Nolan and his work but this one seems haphazardly made and also with lot of screenplay issues. 
There are very few movies where if it’s plot is complex, difficult to follow and understand because of it’s too fast storytelling style but still we get glued in with a genuine interest and excitement without even bothering to look at if any flaws are there or not.

The film’s plot revolves around reversing the entropy of things and people, resulting in time reversibility. Tenet makes reference to physics concepts including the second law of thermodynamics, Maxwell’s demon, and Feynman and Wheeler’s notion of a one-electron universe, but Christopher Nolan stated in the film’s press notes: “we’re not going to make any case for this being scientifically accurate”.

Few scientific concepts which has a base of inspiration in T E N E T are :

Epistemology the branch of philosophy concerned with knowledge. 

Entropy is a scientific concept, as well as a measurable physical property that is most commonly associated with a state of disorder, randomness, or uncertainty. The term and the concept are used in diverse fields, from classical thermodynamics, where it was first recognized, to the microscopic description of nature in statistical physics, and to the principles of information theory. It has found far-ranging applications in chemistry and physics, in biological systems and their relation to life, in cosmology, economics, sociology, weather science, climate change, and information systems including the transmission of information in telecommunication.

Objectivity in science is an attempt to uncover truths about the natural world by eliminating personal biases, emotions, and false beliefs. It is often linked to observation as part of the scientific method. It is thus intimately related to the aim of testability and reproducibility. To be considered objective, the results of measurement must be communicated from person to person, and then demonstrated for third parties, as an advance in a collective understanding of the world. Such demonstrable knowledge has ordinarily conferred demonstrable powers of prediction or technology.

T-symmetry or time reversal symmetry is the theoretical symmetry of physical laws under the transformation of time reversal. Since the second law of thermodynamics states that entropy increases as time flows toward the future, in general, the macroscopic universe does not show symmetry under time reversal. In other words, time is said to be non-symmetric, or asymmetric, except for special equilibrium states when the second law of thermodynamics predicts the time symmetry to hold. However, quantum noninvasive measurements are predicted to violate time symmetry even in equilibrium, contrary to their classical counterparts, although this has not yet been experimentally confirmed. 
Metaphysics the branch of philosophy that examines the fundamental nature of reality, including the relationship between mind and matter, between substance and attribute, and between potentiality and actuality. Metaphysics studies questions related to what it is for something to exist and what types of existence there are. Metaphysics seeks to answer, in an abstract and fully general manner, the questions:

1.What is there?2.What is it like?
Entropy predicts that certain processes are irreversible or impossible, aside from the requirement of not violating the conservation of energy, the latter being expressed in the first law of thermodynamics. Entropy is central to the second law of thermodynamics, which states that the entropy of isolated systems left to spontaneous evolution cannot decrease with time, as they always arrive at a state of thermodynamic equilibrium, where the entropy is highest.

The arrow of time, also called time’s arrow, is the concept positing the “one-way direction” or “asymmetry” of time. It was developed in 1927 by the British astrophysicist Arthur Eddington, and is an unsolved general physics question. 

CIA agent, the “Protagonist” as they call is played by John David Washington S/O Denzel Washington is impressive and the former footballer does great and riveting action sequences.

Robert Pattinson does a real nice job along with Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, Michael Caine. Dimple Kapadia seems unnatural to me but again Himesh Patel seemed graced. 
Hamilton watches are advertised much and same feels for the BMW.

The protagonist finally does achieve his mission how and why of the questions has just one answer – Tenent.

Don’t forget to r e a d the trivia as much truth uncover there. 
Nolan’s films are typically rooted in epistemological and metaphysical themes, exploring human morality, the construction of time, and the malleable nature of memory and personal identity. His work is permeated by mathematically inspired images and concepts, unconventional narrative structures, practical special effects, experimental soundscapes, large-format film photography, and materialistic perspectives. He has co-written several of his films with his brother Jonathan, and runs the production company Syncopy Inc. with his wife Emma Thomas.

[The] difference between shooting Following with a group of friends wearing our own clothes and my mum making sandwiches to spending $4 million of somebody else’s money on Memento and having a crew of a hundred people is, to this day, by far the biggest leap I’ve ever made.

—Nolan (in 2012) on the jump from his first film to his second.

If Nolan taught physics none would hate it. 
Someone rightly pointed out that Nolan’s resume is so strong that he need not find the need to mention Interstellar on posters. 😅

Spielberg, who later said in an interview with Variety, “knowing and respecting that Chris [Nolan] is one of the world’s most imaginative filmmakers, my advice to him was to leave his imagination, as I did on Ryan, in second position to the research he was doing to authentically acquit this historical drama.”

Nolan uses less of CGI and green screens infact next to none. That also adds value to the movie as most of high budget movies are just computer generated graphics.

There’s a possibility of sequel too. But no one knows apart from Nolan himself, maybe he should use his time inversal theory and find out.. Haha..

Streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Pleasant warning : Don’t watch it with popcorn as you will be struck to the movie and popcorn will be left alone.

My ★★★½ review of Tenet on Letterboxd