It’s Tuesday. Perfect time for some thinking Sci-Fi in Predestination.
Ethan Hawke stars as a Temporal agent on the hunt for a criminal, the Fizzle Bomber, who has eluded him through time. A Temporal agent’s duties involve intricate travels through time to ensure their law enforcement exists “through eternity.” On his final mission, he is to take out his elusive white whale.
Dripping with unseen hints, a story is told to the agent by a bar patron (who oddly looks a lot like Leonardo DiCaprio) of Jane, of a shattered career, lost love, and the amazing feats of human kind.
You could see two different trailers for this film and think they’re completely unrelated. But they’re not. Watch closely.
Predestination is great for, among other reasons, the fact that it plays with our linear sense of time. Typically, we see time as a straight line from past, present to future. For our Temporal Agent, his past, present and future transcends our timeline and exists in a line linear to his age, but not through that of our universe. (Whoooaaaa).
This is one of the highest quality, in both production value and story, sci fi films that I have seen come out of the festival circuit. Based on a short story by the legendary Robert A. Heinlein, and adapted for film by the makers of Daybreakers, this is not one to go missed.
Amazing if you liked: Daybreakers, Looper, Source Code, In Time, Snowpiercer, Minority Report