Director – The Spierig Brothers
Starring – Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook
Run time – 96 minutes
Label – Signature
At UK Cinemas from 20th February
PREDESTINATION chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke) sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for eternity. Now, on his final assignment, he must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. – Official synopsis
Attempts have been made recently in the film industry to make more cerebral movies. To have a plot or script that is complex, sophisticated and thought provoking. Inception can be offered as a good example of this new post modern trait in cinema.
Predestination is a movie very much of this mould. Adapted from Robert A Heinlein’s 1959 short novel -All You Zombies- (sic) this is a time travelling story that goes deeper than the usual “Oh, look, were in the past/future” clichés or visual props that other films in this genre use. It establishes numerous story strands that shoot off to allow for complicated scenes yet the directors, The Spierig Brothers, bring them all back together for an effective, mind blowing, final act.
There are other aspects at work in the feature, such as a subtle nod to body horror. When this happens it is not something that is shown on screen (at least, in a visceral way) it is spoken of and told in stark terms. The horror that results is in the life changing nature of what happens, the aftermath being something to consider. It only adds to Predestinations many layered nature.
Enthralling from start to finish not just for it’s plot but also a brilliant two hander performance from Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook. Much of Predestination’s run time sees these two actors alone deal with the sophisticated developments of the story.
Hawke is great as the undercover Bartender that has a far more exciting job he intends to finish. Snook, though, is even better. The Australian actress has been in the business for a few years but this is a performance that will hopefully gain her exposure as the true talent that she is. As the Unmarried Mother and more she makes sure every line and scene is memorable. Sarah Snook’s time is now.
8 out of 10
– James Simpson (@JSimpsonWriter)