Why is the Opera raid simultaneous with the Stalsk-12 battle?

Why is the Opera raid simultaneous with the Stalsk-12 battle? - Empty Seat

In Tenet the attack on the Opera happens the same day as the attack on the Stalsk-12 mine.

It seems to me there is no reason these two events should happen the same day, except that this simultaneity leads Sir Michael to link the Opera events with the Stalsk-12 mine and confirm Andrei's involvement. Michael said:

Two weeks ago, the same day as the Kiev opera siege, we spotted a detonation in northern Siberia just where Stalsk-12 was.

It looks like the simultaneity is only there to make the plot work. Is there another reason why the same date was chosen?


Best Answer

I don't think those events needed to happen on the same day, but it sets up the events of the movie as a palindrome.

In addition to the opera scene and the scene in Stalsk-12 happening at the same time, the Protagonist and Niel discover the turnstile at the same time future, inverted Protagonist and Niel rescue Kat. And the Estonian chase in the middle of the movie obviously starts normally and then gets inverted.

The movie is effectively palindromic this way.




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Why was Neil at the Opera House tenet?

So Neil knew to be at the Kiev opera house on this day to save the Protagonist, likely because the Protagonist told him about the event sometime in the future and/or past.

What Stalsk 12?

When Sator was a teenager, he was commissioned to an area called Stalsk-12 to look for scattered Plutonium. The future identifies him to be the right person at the right time to be entrusted with the responsibility of world-destruction.



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