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There’s a ‘Tenet’ Easter Egg in ‘Memento’!

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We all know that Christopher Nolan loves playing with time. He did it with Memento, then Interstellar, and now with Tenet. He really is a science nerd. And it doesn’t take long for one to realize how one of his first iconic films Memento inspired him to write Tenet. Non-linear story-telling is something Nolan thrives in. But, did you know that Memento also has a Tenet easter egg? Yes, it’s true and Nolan has confirmed it.

Nolan reveals the Tenet easter egg in Memento

There's a Tenet Easter Egg in Memento!
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While giving an interview to Complex, Nolan talked about how one little scene in Memento inspired him to put pen to paper and write Tenet. He said:

I had this notion of just a bullet getting sucked out of the wall and into the barrel of a gun. It’s an image that I had in Memento to demonstrate the structure of that movie, but I always harbored this ambition to make a film where the characters had to deal with the physical reality of that. In a way, an idea comes to the fore when the time is right for it, and it’s a hard process to quantify, so I was doing all these other things.

And sure enough, Nolan put in a lot of hard work into his ideas. According to him, it took him 5 years to write Tenet. And that doesn’t include the almost complete decade it took him to come up with its central ideas. In Memento we saw non-linear storytelling. It was the story of a man (Guy Pearce) who had short-term memory loss and went through scenes of the past in reverse order. But, in Tenet, we saw time itself as non-linear – going backward and forward. And through this maze of time, we saw our protagonists follow an agent who could manipulate time.

And here’s the opening scene from Memento that is a cute Tenet easter egg for all Nolan fans today. Spot the bullet that looks like it’s being caught by a gun.

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