Predestination Review

Predestination (2014) Movie Review by Darrin Gauthier ‬


Directors: Michael Spierig (as The Spierig Brothers), Peter Spierig (as The Spierig Brothers)
Writers: Michael Spierig (as The Spierig Brothers), Peter Spierig (as The Spierig Brothers)
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor

‪Plot:  For his final assignment, a top temporal agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. The chase turns into a unique, surprising and mind-bending exploration of love, fate, identity and time travel taboos.‬
‪Running Time: 1 hour 37 minutes ‬
‪IMDB Score: 7.5‬

‪Why I watched it: I like the Spierig Brothers they’ve done some very cool genre movies and I’d heard some thing things about the film.‬

‪Thoughts: This was based on a short story by Robert A Heinlein “All You Zombies” Ethan Hawke’s character does say that in the film.  ‬

‪What I liked: One of my many complaints about films is that the filmmakers and or studios dumb down stories they shot for the lowest common denominator now I can safely say Predestination is not one of those movies, this film is not only very smart but has somethings on it’s mind.  I would call the film heady and very trippy.  Now this will be a tough review cause almost anything is spoiler territory, it’s one of those films were you can’t say much and not because of the surprises and there’s a few but more about ideas, I will say the film is not boring at all and it will spin your head around thinking about some of the stuff they throw in. Some of it is philosophical and some is navel gazing but damn it’s interesting and very smartly written and done.‬

The star of the movie for me is Sarah Snook, she’s amazing in this movie, what she has to do and play is very hard and she pulls it off. I find it hard to believe she hasn’t become a bigger name she has the talent. Her and Hawke have very good chemistry together, there scenes in the bar are great, the back and forth is very good, of course Hawke is good here but for the most part his role is less showy.  What the film does so well is that it doesn’t talk down and it doesn’t let the film get silly and it could have, some people will laugh at it but it’s done so well that it becomes a class of “what if” and some truly interesting ideas on time travel.  The film alone is worth watching just for Snook’s performance.‬

‪I will say the film is very specific, it’s different so of course it’s not for everyone but I found it mind bending and innovative. A side not, Noah Taylor has played this type of character three times and considering the character deals with time travel that’s a weird type cast.‬

‪What I didn’t like:The film does feel stretched out a bit and considering it came from a short story it makes sense.  Also the whole Fizzle bomber arc is a little iffy and not sure they need it, I guess they needed a main conflict and it does work but it does feel unnecessary at times.  Also the last scene was lacking for me, again not sure if it did what it wanted to do but with saying that it didn’t hurt my feelings on the film.‬

‪Final Thoughts: A very different and smartly written film, it’s kind of went under the radar, if you like sci-fi or any of the actors check it out.‬

‪Rating: 7/10‬

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