After the terrorist attack at the Kiev Opera House, a CIA agent teams up with British intelligence to confront a Russian oligarch who made a fortune in the arms trade. To do this, agents use time inversion – a technology of the future that allows time to go backwards.
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I think few people will argue with the fact that Christopher Nolan’s “Argument” can be safely called the main film of this year. Each new creation of Christopher Nolan in itself always becomes an event not only for dedicated moviegoers, but also for ordinary viewers. So also against the background of the cancellation and postponement of the premiere of numerous films due to the outbreak and covering the whole world of the coronavirus pandemic, perhaps it is “Argument” that can be called the most ambitious and ambitious feature film of the year. Not to mention the fact that it was “Argument” who took on a heroic, but at the same time suicidal mission to support cinemas in such a difficult time. Paying for it with a much more modest box office than you might expect.
The plot of this tape develops around a CIA agent who is declared dead after a terrorist attack at the Kiev opera house. Now he is a member of a mysterious organization that is trying to prevent the third world war and the complete destruction of humanity. As an incredibly wealthy and influential Russian businessman begins to use time inversion technology, which allows him to reverse the flow of time.
One of the main features of Christopher Nolan’s signature style is always an original and interesting idea, as well as a monumental script written down to the smallest detail. At the same time, it can be seen with the naked eye that the script of each of his new works turns out to be more and more monumental and it is impossible not to agree with the fact that “Argument” is perhaps the most ambitious creation in the director’s work.
At first glance, it might seem that we are dealing with a traditional story about a brave hero who confronts a rich and powerful evil genius who dreams of destroying all of humanity. However, it was around such a traditional plot seed that Nolan managed to write a really strong, ambitious and really large-scale script, which willingly captivates with a really bold idea and a rather unusual variation of thinking on the topic of “time travel”. It is very difficult to describe the advantages of the script without spoilers. We can only say that Christopher Nolan managed to write a script that completely concentrates the viewer’s attention around him, throws up a lot of surprises in the form of unexpected plot twists and even manages to break his brain several times by how dashingly the plot is twisted and weighted down by the details.
For many years, many fans have been begging Christopher Nolan to take on the next part of Bond. Perhaps it was with this tape that Nolan managed to partially satisfy the requests of fans and create an idea of what Bondian would be like under his leadership. In fact, it is a fairly powerful symbiosis of a spy thriller and a blockbuster of the level and scope of his own “Inception”. On the one hand, it cites the main elements of the genre. On the other hand, refreshing him with extremely bold, unusual and interesting ideas. In this case, the very embodiment of the inversion of time on the screen and its ideal symbiosis with perfectly staged action scenes that are breathtaking with the production and the way they are filmed. But they don’t turn films into one continuous CGI special effect or a pop-corn attraction like most modern blockbusters.
Like almost all of his work, Nolan has once again managed to find the perfect cast. John David Washington does not put pressure on the now fashionable tendency to satisfy the “requests” of the African American contingent of cinema, but he really plays his role on the screen with dignity. Elizabeth Debicki once again gave the strongest game. Michael Caine, Himesh Patel, Yurik Kolokolnikov, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and other actors perform their roles perfectly and are really memorable. Even though they don’t have much screen time for the characters.
However, in my opinion, only Robert Pattinson and Kenneth Branagh really stood out. Pattinson managed to create perhaps the most charismatic and interesting character, who is not a villain, but it is difficult to call him a traditional hero either. Eagerly drawing out each frame with its own performance. For playing the role of Batman, you can be completely calm. Kenneth Branagh also played a very strong role. Despite the fact that we have before us the traditional image of the “evil Russian”, it is not perceived as such when viewed. Actually, like a cardboard villain in principle. He willingly bribes with powerful charisma and that bestial rage that he hides behind a seemingly cold-blooded expression on his face.
Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1, 2.20:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.20:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kb/s)
French: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
French (Canada): Dolby Digital 5.1
German: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
German: Dolby Digital 5.1 (192 kb/s)
Italian: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kb/s)
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kb/s)
Czech: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kb/s)
Hindi: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kb/s)
Polish: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kb/s)
Thai: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kb/s)
Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kb/s)
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