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Hollywood thriller 'Tenet' tests fans' appetite for cinemas

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The hopes of Hollywood were riding on the opening of “Tenet” on Wednesday as the Christopher Nolan spy thriller tests the appetite of movie fans to return to cinemas and rescue an industry hammered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The biggest release since schedules were torn up in March - and the only one of 2020’s potential summer blockbusters to make it to the screen in the holiday season - “Tenet” launched in 70 countries on Wednesday ahead of the United States next week.

The movie has already won over some critics, but fans could be a harder sell given changes to the movie-going experience.

The actor Tom Cruise, whose “Top Gun: Maverick” was pulled from a release earlier this summer, donned a face mask to attend a preview showing of “Tenet” in London.

“Great to be back in a movie theater everybody,” he said on Tuesday. “I loved it.”

Film critic Kaleem Aftab said “Tenet”, which cost AT&T’s Warner Bros more than $200 million to make according to reports, was exactly the kind of film the industry needed.

27 August 2020

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