Tenet the gesture
Martin Donovan’s CIA boss explains to the Protagonist that utilizing the phrase ‘Tenet’ with a gesture of interlacing of the fingers would open doorways for him. We first see him use this with Clémence Poésy’s scientist. He makes use of the phrase in a sentence and she or he reveals him the inverted bullets and explains how inversion works.
Later Priya (Dimple Kapadia) makes use of the phrase and the gesture to point that it’s her quite than her husband who’s the facility behind the arms offers which have led the Protagonist to Mumbai. Later we study that Priya is definitely a member of the Tenet basis and was presumably recruited by the Protagonist prior to now (however the future for him).
Tenet the group
Tenet is the identify of the group which the Protagonist based, sooner or later. But in addition the previous. On the finish of the movie we perceive that it was he that recruited Neil (Robert Pattinson), Priya, Ives (Aaron Taylor Johnson) and everybody else who’s a part of the motion – their goal is nothing lower than saving the world. Although he’s spent a lot of the film unpicking a thriller, a few of which Neil already has the solutions to, he explains that ignorance is their good friend. Solely by the top does the Protagonist have adequate data to know that he’ll now want to return and recruit everybody he must, to realize the end result that’s already occurred.
Tenet the palindrome
The title of the film is in fact additionally a palindrome. It reads the identical backwards because it does forwards, so, identical to the film, it is smart from both route.
With this explicit palindrome although, there’s extra. The phrase Tenet is the centerpiece of one thing known as the Sator square – see under.