Cert: 15 Runtime: 97 mins Director: Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig Cast: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook and Noah Taylor
Let’s face it. Nobody’s innocent. Everybody just uses everybody else to get what they want
Back in 2009 The Spierig Brothers impressed my with Daybreakers, for me it was a fresh approach at the vampire genre but they also have an interesting approach to film making. Predestination has eluded me until for a while and I don’t know why? Ethan Hawke has grown on me as of late he is making good movies but his role in Boyhood has stuck out the most. Without going into great detail here is a mini synopsis about Predestination; it chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.This is nothing like Quantum Leap people!
Predestination is a head-fuck to begin with, it’s a great plot line and so simple. But you don’t know if you are coming on going through the whole movie. At the beginning I was confused but just passed the half way point I knew the ending. This became a downward spiral for my admiration of this film, don’t get me wrong I was entertained. The ending for me was just the killer blow.This is not a vintage Ethan Hawke performance either, he does his job well but he has done better. The stand out performance here is Sarah Snook as the unmarried mother. She has multiple personas in Predestination, and her transformations through out are just well crafted. I really can’t delve much into it as I don’t want to ruin the story for people. The Spierig brothers reveal a maturity and vision which are very superior to what I expected from them, perfectly translating a complicated science fiction story with twists and surprises which are brilliantly planned and executed.If the Spierig brothers keep this level of quality and talent, they will become important names in fantastic cinema, and I will definitely be looking forward to their next film. I’m not sure yet if Predestination is a re-watchable movie, but if it’s the only time I will ever watch it I’m glad I did so.