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Christopher Nolan’s projects are known for their metaphysical and epistemological themes exploring the construction of time, human morality, and the malleable nature of personality identity and memory.

The science fiction movies like Interstellar and Inception offer a unique approach to the time travel genre. However, the question arises about how accurate the scientific facts are used in the movies? The Oscar winner hired a theoretical physicist Kip Throne, who helped the filmmaker with the scientific theories, and the law of physics and time. While Nolan also takes artistic liberties with the laws.

Nolan’s recent movie Tenet is one of such sci-fi films based on the time inversion. Throne was also consulted for the film’s scientific aspects. Nolan conceived Tenet’s idea around twenty years ago and started to work on the screenplay in 2014. It stars John David Washington as the protagonist alongside Robert Pattinson, Dimple Kapadia, Kenneth Branagh, Elizabeth Debicki, and Michael Caine.

The movie’s plot follows the CIA agent, the ‘Protagonist’ who works as an undercover operation at the opera house for the organization named, Tenet. The agent manipulates the linear flow of time to avoid World War III. He learns that the war is being triggered by the future, where people use some kind of technology to invert the people or objects by reversing the “entropy.” The change in the “entropy” helps the agent to move backward in time instead of forward.

Is Tenet Scientifically Accurate?

With the movie, there are big questions that arise, is reversing the flow of entropy can cause the backward movement of person and object? Harland-Lang said, no, he does not think so. He added, Nolan has created a world imagining if that could possible, and Tenet has raised some curious questions about time.

It is difficult to separate our experience of time, as we have the signposts of time, paper burning, people aging, mountains eroding, etc. Hence it seems the same thing to us. Still, if you are lost in time and have no idea which way the time is flowing, observe a closed room’s entropy. The direction of the time can be considered by noticing the direction of increasing the system’s entropy.

Source: The Science and Law of Physics Behind Tenet is Explained


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