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Friday, October 19, 2018

Movie Review - Predestination


Movie: Predestination
Year:  2014
Genre: Mystery, Drama, Sci-Fi
What it was about (in > 75 words)
A Temporal Agent's** Doe (Ethan Hawke) final assignment to apprehend the Fizzle Bomber terrorist before he kills thousands in New York in 1975. 
 
Working on the case as a Bartender, Agent Doe meets Jane (Sarah Snook), an orphan, where Jane shares her life story. Viewers learn certain truths that will surprise or shock most, if not all.
 ** Time Traveler/Cop for the uninitiated 

Anything special/memorable?
This is NOT A TYPICAL Sci-Fi movie. OK, you have been forewarned.Jane's (Sarah Snook) on-screen transformation is really mind-boggling and exceptionally well done. Of course, I don't know if any of it was due to CGI but it didn't seem like it.
 I have never seen or know who Sarah Snook was so when she first appeared, I actually thought she was played by Jodie Foster. It made me check who it was I was watching.
Both Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook turned in great performances. You immediately get pulled into the movie. I remember there was another great Ethan Hawke Sci-Fi from the 90s - Gattaca (together with Jude Law)!
<<  SPOILERS  >>
Once you finish watching the movie, you learn that Agent Doe, Jane and the Fizzle Bomber are actually the SAME PERSON <what...!??!>!!! Yeah, I'm telling you this movie will blow your mind!

This chart shows how it happened.
Waste/worth the time?
This is one of the better Sci-Fi movies that I have watched in the past 10 years. It reminds me of the time when I watched Matrix in 1999. I compare this to Matrix because just like how the Matrix defined Sci-Fi for the era both visually and conceptually, Predestination also sets a milestone for the Sci-Fi movies of this era.
 
Being a huge fan of Sci-Fi (both for movies and comics), I can say that this one gives a very fresh take on Time Travel. 
 
Predestination tries to tackle the age-old Time Travel paradox - can you actually change things when you Time Travel or nothing will change no matter what you do, even Time Traveling back and forth?
 
Definitely a MUST WATCH! Even more so if you deem yourself to be a Sci-Fi fan. Do give it a go - it will blow your mind (I promise)!
 
I will give this movie a 8.5/10!