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Why doesn't the Protagonist use one of Ives' inverters to heal Kat?

After Kat is injured, Ives says something to the effect of "where are you going to be able to find an inverter that existed 2 weeks ago?" But later, it is revealed that Ives' team has access ...
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What does Neil mean by “In a parallel worlds theory, we can't know the relationship between consciousness and multiple realities”?

In Tenet, the Protagonist and Neil had this conversation, just after discussing the grandfather paradox (emphasis mine): Protagonist: This reversing the flow of time. Doesn't us being here now mean ...
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Why is Priya not talking backwards in this scene?

Protagonist, Neil, and wounded Kat entered into turnstile. Now they entered inverted world. They steal ambulance from airport. Now Protagonist met invereted Priya here. Here Priya is inverted because ...
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Who are “they” here?

Protagonist watches through peep hole from truck, which carrying Protagonist, Neil and wounded Kat: Protagonist: Shit. They didn't take us inside. Neil: What do we do? Protagonist: We use the breach....
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Response for what exactly?

Sator manhandles his wife Kat: Kat: Even a soul as blank and brittle as yours needs a response. Is fear and pain enough, Andrei? That's all I have to offer you. Sator: Well, that will have to do, ...
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What would this character gain by killing Kat?

At the end of the movie Tenet (2020), Priya tries to assassinate Kat but Protagonist saves her. What's the benefit for Priya if she succeeds in killing Kat?
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How can Protagonist understand the lines spoken by inverted Sator in this scene?

Protagonist can understand the lines spoken by inverted Sator in this scene: Other end of the glass in inverted Sator. How can Protagonist understand the lines spoken by inverted Sator in this scene?
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What “building” is the man on the phone referring to?

In India, Protagonist walks out of a shop while talking on the phone: Man on phone: I was told you left the building. Protagonist: Even the dead need allies. Man on phone: Specifically? Protagonist: ...
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What's the purpose of setting their clock to 10 mins?

In the movie, Red and Blue team set their clock to 10 mins before entering Stalsk-12 Battle field: What's the purpose of setting their clock to 10 mins?
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What did Priya warn Protagonist about?

Priya and Protagonist are talking about universe where Kat won't get hurt and Sator won't get the algorithm: Priya: If that universe can exist...we don't live in it. Protagonist: Well, let's try. You'...
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Why does Protagonist choose a risky place to do pull-ups?

Here we can see Protagonist choose an elevated ladder to do pull-ups: Why does Protagonist choose such a risky place to do pull-ups?
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What does “LZ” mean? [closed]

Wheeler briefing Red and Blue Team: Wheeler: Everybody, look to your left. If you are not at the LZ at zero, you are not leaving. What does "LZ" mean?
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What does “Expect a bitemporal response” mean?

Ives: We drop in, clear LZs for Blue Team evacuation. We make our way into the city proper. These buildings are abandoned, but we learned there is a turnstile. Expect a bitemporal response. What does ...
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What does “Thing's the same” mean?

Neil driving ambulance: Protagonist: You knew it was me coming out of that vault. Why didn't you say? Neil: That's a lot of explaining when someone's about to put a bullet in their own brain. ...
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What's the purpose of inverted bombing on this building?

Ives and the Protaginist shelter as Red team exchanges fire with the Enemy further up the street. The Protagonist checks his watch: "5:15, 5:14............" Protagonist: We're runnin' out ...
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Why did Protagonist want Kat tell her location to him at the end of the movie?

Kat: Cannon Place, 3:00. Probably nothing, I'm... Why did Protagonist want Kat tell her location to him at the end of the movie?
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What bullet incident is Neil referring to?

Neil driving ambulance: Protagonist: You knew it was me coming out of that vault. Why didn't you say? Neil: That's a lot of explaining when someone's about to put a bullet in their own brain. ...
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Why did Protagonist want to know who recruited Neil?

I didn't understand why Protagonist asks this question twice. What made him ask this question? Protagonist: Who recruited you, Neil? Neil: It can't possibly do you any good to know that right now.
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How did Protagonist know that descendants will kill them?

Sator: The same sunshine we basked in will warm the faces of our descendants generations to come. Protagonist: How could they wanna kill us? Sator: Because their oceans rose and their rivers ran dry. ...
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Why did Neil say “Doesn't matter”?

Context: Grandfather Paradox: Neil: But in the future, those in power clearly believe that you can kick grandpa down the stairs, gouge his eyes out, slit his throat, without consequence. Protagonist: ...
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Why is Sator not wearing a mask in this scene?

I do not understand the purpose of the breathing mask here: The scene is about retrieving the briefcase from Protagonist. Why is Sator not wearing a mask in this scene?
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How does one age when travelling backwards in time?

In Tenet, the latest Christopher Nolan film, people can travel back in time. However, it's actually like the time passes in real time. So, how does one age when travelling back in time? Does one get ...
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Why did Protagonist want Kat to do the exchange?

Protagonist: Your wife does the exchange. Sator: I never involve her in my business. Protagonist: Yeah, that's why I trust her. Why did Protagonist even need Kat to do the exchange? Why can't he do ...
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Why does Neil do this?

After Neil catches up to the masked person in the airport, he stops the protagonist from killing the inverted masked person. Then why did Neil see a need to stop him from killing the masked person?
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Why did Sator use inverted Sator in retriving briefcase?

Here is the mind blowing car chase scene: If Protagonist and Sator agree deal before in exchange of plutonium 241 for gold bars then why did Sator use inverted Sator in this scene?
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Why did they say Andrei Sator at the end of film is a “future” version?

I've tried web search to understand how Andrei Sator lives after being killed in the past and found e.g. When "future" Sator (the one on the boat) finally gets killed gamesradar, Tenet ...
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Why is the scar left on Kat even after she was entered into airport turnstile?

At the end of the movie, Kat show his scar to Sator: Why is the scar left on Kat even after she was entered into airport turnstile?
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Why did this character have to die?

At the end of Tenet, Neil saw that Volkov is entering underground (or saw him leaving the place inverted). So he decided to warn the protagonist and Ives about it by inverting himself to normal time. ...
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Why were there no consequences for the Protagonist meeting his forward self?

The protagonist was advised that he should not come into contact with his forward self. But we can see him and there are apparently no consequences for meeting his inverted self. How does this ...
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What's the purpose of covers? [closed]

We can see several scenes, these cover exist: What's the purpose of covers in some scenes in Tenet (2020)?
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Who are covering their tracks?

The Well-dressed man changing the clothes, Protagonist and his team gather at a room: Protagonist: Can you defuse that? Swat 2: It's centrally synchronized. Are there more? Protagonist: Covering ...
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Why is the car crash not inverted in the inverted world?

Here the Inverted Protagonist is stuck inside a car, which is damaged by a car crash. It's the inverted world, so a car crash should be like inverted, but this one looks normal. Why is the car crash ...
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What happened to the second fake Goya painting?

I am talking about the fake Goya Painting, which was handed over to The Protagonist by Sir Michael Crosby at restaurant: What happened to the second fake Goya painting ?
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What is Protagonist placing inside the case here?

I didn't understand, What is Protagonist placing inside the case here?
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Why did the unknown man in SWAT gear think Protagonist was trying to kill people?

An unknown man in SWAT gear points a gun at Protagonist, while he was defusing bombs placed near the cheap seats of an opera house packed with civilians: Unknown Man: Walk away. You don't have to ...
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Why did Protagonist say this line in danger tone?

Protagonist: Get Priya here to Oslo. Neil: Why? Protagonist: If I don't do something, in two days, she tells me about the 241. Neil: Nothing can change that. Why did Protagonist say this line in ...
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Why doesn't Sator use inversion to create redundant copies of the Algorithm?

In Tenet, it is possible to create multiple copies of an item (or person) via inversion: send it back in time, then forward, then back again, etc., so at any point in the middle there will be multiple ...