Please understand, this film is best viewed with no prior knowledge of the film. I will attempt to avoid any spoilers in this review but if you’d prefer to watch the film first, click away now. Saying that, here is an incredibly brief description of the film.
There is time travel involved…
I’ve already said too much.
A slightly longer description for those more hardcore and who simply don’t give a damn – the film follows a Temporal Agent, played by Ethan Hawke, who uses time-travel to right wrongs in history and is currently on the pursuit of one criminal known as the Fizzle Bomber. The Fizzle Bomber is responsible for 11,000 deaths in New York City. The film is based on Robert A. Heinlien short story “All You Zombies” and stars Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook and Noah Taylor.
During Ethan Hawke’s pursuit of the Fizzle Bomber he meets up with John Doe, played by Sarah Snook, at a bar, wherein John divulges his life story to Hawke in an attempt to win a bet for “most messed up” story he has ever heard. Hawke plays his role in the film as you’d expect from such a seasoned veteran actor such as himself and provides a solid performance, however the true star of this film is Sarah Snook. After watching this film, you feel as though you’ve witness the beginnings of a rising star; we expect to see more of Sarah Snook in the future.
Now, to talk about the story is difficult without spoiling the film. Rest assured, the story is excellent. The pacing is entertaining enough to keep your attention, the complex nature of time travel is represented effectively and doesn’t become too confusing. The film avoids bogging down the audience with time travel machinery mumbo-jumbo; you select what time you want to travel and in a flash you’re there. Predestination demands a repeat viewing however, even with all its attempt of simplifying the plot. Due to the conclusion made from the film there is a paradigm shift and upon re-watching, particular scenes make more sense.
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