Having just watched the movie Predestination, I now have to try and explain it to you, the reader. The thing is…I’m not sure I can! But I’ll give it a go, fingers crossed…
Ethan Hawke (Gattaca, Training Day) plays The Barkeep whilst Sarah Snook (Jessabelle, Not Suitable for Children) plays The Unmarried Mother. Hawke works for some shadowy agency and is constantly pinging around in time to find The Fizzle Bomber.
The Fizzle Bomber is someone who has been letting off bombs around the US and is, in March 1975 (the past…no the future…hmmm) going to let off an almighty bomb that will kill 10,000 people.
Let me interject here and say that there isn’t a lot I can say about the plot without giving things away and I’m not about to do that. So the above is about it I’m afraid. If, as the trailer depicts, you’re expecting a gun-toting, time-travelling action flick, well I’d look elsewhere, this is not the movie you’re looking for. However if you want a smart, at times, brain-hurting, paradox-inducing, clever time travel movie, then you’re in luck!
Hawke is excellent in the role and seems to relish the opportunity to flex his acting chops, Snook I’m not as convinced by but, I’m unsure if she’s completely nailing it or is miles off, tough call.
Writing a time-travelling movie must be a nightmare and, no matter what you, you will always come up with a paradox at some point. The movie is written and directed by The Spierig Brothers (Daybreakers, Undead) who are Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig (who also does the music) and based on the short story Are You All Zombies by Robert A. Heinlein.
They do an absolutely fine job, nothing special, I’m not bowled over, but in this type of movie you do need to let the story, and characters, take front and centre and they do exactly that. There are clues throughout the movie as to what’s to come, some are very obvious, some less-so. Some of you will like the ending, others will hate it but I guarantee you will be talking about it.