I love time-travel films because of how it is immediately categorized as "cerebral" or "mindfuck". Predestination in particular expands its plot by touching on Gender, Identity and Feminism that reminds me of The Skin I Live In, merged with Looper's plot. It's hard to make sense of time-traveling movies, but this film sucks you right in from start to finish.
More of a thought experiment than a satisfying narrative in its own right, but it's still a tantalizing premise. I liked the pre-flashback scenes where Hawke is allowed to simply exist as an affable presence on-screen, listen and react. I felt him bringing a bit of the Linklater naturalism. Then when the story gets into temporal agents and Jane's melodramatic arc, he's forced to play a less charismatic part.
A brain-wrinkling time travel drama that is focused on aesthetics over content. The plot, based on a renown short story, has a lot of potential but sadly it remains kind of thin and too implausible (even for a film about time travel). But on the positive side, the performances are great, the style is slick and well-crafted while the thrills are limited but very effective. Overall, worth the time.
I love time travel movies. And it's the perfect genre for directors who don't have a lot of money to spend. The same actor can be used over and over again provided you have a good make-up artist. So you save time, energy and you keep your producers happy. Yes. Recommended.
2015 will hardly bring a film as deliciously entertaining and brainy as this one. Powered by Heinlein's thought-provoking novel, the filmmakers weaved, with great dexterity and gusto, the gimmick of time travel, by making the narrative revolve around character development (I'm looking at you Looper).
Predestination will easily achieve the cult status it deserves.
Fantasia '14 This may well be the most convoluted plotting you'll see on screen this year and one of the most satisfying treats as well. The Spierig Brothers enter the world of science fiction with this incredible tale that delivers fully both visually and narratively. Performances are stellar especially Ethan Hawke and a star making turn by Sarah Snook who is mesmerizing. To remark on plotting would be a spoiler.
High 3.5 for this surprising adaptation of a messy little Heinlein short story. Time travel noir, and both brainy and cool enough to pull it off. Beautifully acted comment on the inescapability of the self.