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Tenet's 10-minute behind the scenes featurette explains how it works, even if we still don't understand

By Jacob Oller
Screenshot from Tenet

One day after Tom Cruise released footage of his own trip to the cinema to check out Christopher Nolan's time-warping thriller Tenet, Warner Bros. has dropped a 10-minute behind-the-scenes featurette looking to help fans understand what exactly is going on in the film — and what exactly went in to making it.

The movie — which stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, and Kenneth Branagh — is a spy flick with a big gimmick: time inversion that works off reversing entropy. Or something like that, at least. Those wanting a scientific explanation might not be in the right place, but those looking for insight into fight choreography, Nolan filming techniques, and more should devote 10 minutes to the video below. It might be safest way to experience the most Tenet for fans' bucks.

Take a look:

"It's almost like documentary-like," Washington said of Nolan's use of effects over footage of mechanical parts seeming to leap into his hand from a drawer. "It's all practical, it's all there. It pumps you up just to know that and it's extremely helpful, obviously, on the performance level for the actors." They shut down a whole highway for a month: that's got to feel real. "It feels very, very real," Pattinson said, "essentially because it is real."

Washington's fight scenes, rehearsed with the stunt team, showcase both regular action and oddball reversed moves that needed to be physically performed. Pattinson discusses the "pressure" of shooting on IMAX, while the rest of the cast explains that it's hard to complain when Nolan's infectious enthusiasm is on set. Other members of the crew making appearances include director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Jennifer Lame, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson, and special effects supervisor Scott Fisher

Tenet hits U.S. theaters on Sept. 3, with early screenings in some cities from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.