Starring: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor
Directed By: The Spierig Brothers (Michael Spierig,Peter Spierig)
Written By: The Spierig Brothers (Michael Spierig,Peter Spierig)
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 37 min
Released in the US on January 9th, 2015, and available with VOD (video on demand) and streaming rental, Predestination is a juicy time travel yarn based on a short by Robert A. Heinlein*. It tells the story of a time travelling temporal agent, nicely played by Ethan Hawke, on his last mission to capture and kill a terrorist called the ‘Fizzle Bomber.’ Along the way, he meets an unusual man with an interesting story to tell, and the ensuing mystery is both entertaining, if a touch predictable.
Jumping to several points between the 40’s and 80’s, this time travel story presents an interesting paradox, that’s the very definition of the word, predestination. It’s beautifully photographed, and each time period is subtlety realized without succumbing to the distracting use of visual clues common with this kind of film. No lava lamps were harmed during the production of this movie to represent the 70’s!
As for the story, well it’s great, but I personally found it predictable. Not due to some super sleuthing on my part (The Sixth Sense totally fooled me), but simply because each twist ended up being everything I was secretly hoping for. And each revelation, ended up being arguably the most entertaining turn this tale could take. Which made me appreciate the slow build up during the first act, as it ultimately helped develop a plausible, yet fantastic premise and characters.
That then brings me to Sarah Snook. Her superb performance, took a potentially confusing time travel premise and gave it real heart. Her understanding of her character, as it is challenged and changed throughout the many time periods in the story is brilliant, and anchors the film perfectly. It’s a role that goes to places many of us might have a hard time accepting, but thanks to the thoughtful script and pacing of this story by The Spierig Brothers, Sarah Snook is able to bring a great deal of credibility to a complicated character.
* ‘—All You Zombies—’ by Robert A. Heinlein
If you enjoyed movies like Looper, then I think you’ll like this film too. The movie is rated R for violence, language and some sexuality and nudity.
This is a great looking film, but sadly wasn’t deemed worthy of our movie theaters for some reason. Which was a shame because I thought it was every bit as good as Looper. At home a HD streaming show on a nice big TV is the best option.
Best Moment: << SPOILER! >>
Available to rent (Amazon Instant Video) – Predestination