Predestination is one of those perfect films – one you don’t expect to leave an impact or say anything new or be particularly memorable (if the Hollywood-like trailer was to be believed). Then after you’ve seen it, you walk away feeling like your entire worldview has shifted.
What if I could put him in front of you? The man that ruined your life. If I could guarantee that you’d get away with it – would you kill him?
Based on the Robert A. Heinlein short story “-All You Zombies-“, Predestination tackles time travel, a nigh-impossible device for books and films alike to pull off. There’s not a lot I can say about the plot without giving it away, if you don’t already know the short story going into the movie. Ethan Hawke stars as a temporal agent, a time-traveller whose job is to stop future crimes before they can happen. He’s on his last mission as a Barkeep in 1970s New York, where he meets a man (Sarah Snook) who writes magazine stories under the pen name The Unmarried Mother. The Unmarried Mother bets the Barkeep a bottle of alcohol that he has the best story the Barkeep has ever heard.
I could go on. But honestly, this is a film better seen than read about. Ethan Hawke is as compelling as ever, though the scene-stealer of the movie is easily Australian actress Sarah Snook in this break-out role. Visually stunning, and a stark and emotional exploration of identity, love, purpose and life. This was nothing what I expected, and has easily become one of my all-time favourite films.