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TENET (2020)

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TENET (2020)

Type Feature

Approved Running time 149m 50s

Release dates 26/08/2020

Ratings Info moderate violence, threat, domestic abuse, infrequent strong language

Genre(s) Action, Science Fiction, Thriller

Cast includes John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kenneth Branagh, Michael Caine

Summary TENET is a sci-fi thriller in which a man is enlisted to stop an evil plot involving futuristic technology.

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

  • Cinema release suitable for 12 years and over icon12A

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 16/08/2020

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

TENET is a sci-fi thriller in which a man is enlisted to stop an evil plot involving futuristic technology.


There is infrequent strong language ('f**k'), as well as milder terms including 'bitch', 'bullshit', 'bloody' and 'piss'.


Scenes include gunfights, fistfights, stabbings, use of improvised weapons, and explosions. In an interrogation scene it is implied a man's teeth are pulled out, but bloody detail is minimal. Another man is beaten to death, but the scene does not feature strong detail. A man verbally threatens another man with castration. A husband is abusive towards his wife, threatening her and later shooting her. In one scene she aims a gun at him, but he disarms and punches her. His behaviour is implicitly criticised throughout.

threat and horror

There are frequent tense sequences in which people are in dangerous situations, come under fire, or attempt to evade bombs. In one scene terrorists take over an auditorium and there is brief distress among the audience. There is also a scene in which an abusive husband holds his wife at gunpoint, and threatens to beat her with his belt.


Precuts information

During post-production, the distributor sought and was given advice on how to secure the desired classification. Following this advice, certain changes were made prior to submission

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

This film was originally seen for advice. The company was advised it was likely to be classified 15 uncut but that their preferred 12A classification could be obtained by making small changes to one scene to remove shots of a man kicking a woman. When the film was submitted for formal classification, the shots in question had been removed and the film was classified 12A.


Warner Bros Entertainment UK Ltd.
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