ByCharles Broughton, writer at
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Charles Broughton

Predestination is a science-fiction time travel film written and directed by the Spierig Brothers. It stars Ethan Hawke as a 'temporal agent' who is on the hunt for the mysterious "Fizzle Bomber". During his hunt he meets Sarah Snook who plays 'The Unmarried Mother' who tells her story of a troubled and highly unfortunate past and he decides to take her to the person that ruined her life and provide her the opportunity of killing him.

Now time travel movies are notorious for being riddled with plot holes, paradoxes and the occasional confusion along the way. However, Predestination is one of those rare films that, when thought carefully about after viewing, makes perfect sense. Rather than plot holes, the film is riddled with twists and turns and an incredible climax that makes even the toughest gasp at the reveal of who these characters really are. It's difficult to give a review of the film because the entire plot revolves around the big twist at the end. However what can be said is that it is a twist that is satisfyingly surprising and original. Although the only flaw one can find in the film is that the twist can be seen much earlier than intended by the directors.

Ethan Hawke as The Bartender
Ethan Hawke as The Bartender

Although Ethan Hawke plays the supporting role in the film, he definitely steals the show as the man on a mission with convincing moments of passion and vulnerability. Sarah Snook as the lead in the film was great although her american accent is something that is left to be desired. Although, she looks perfect for the role and it seems impossible to picture anyone else playing the role of a damaged and distraught woman. The Spierig Brothers have also written an incredible screenplay with genuine characters who have genuine stories to tell. Stories filled with love loss and intrigue, enough to please any movie goer

The film itself is a visual masterpiece with intriguing pieces of mise en scene and special effects that have been used sparingly yet effectively. Overall a great looking film with an incredibly original story with the most effective and jaw dropping twist I have seen in any film in recent years. Definitely a twist as great as that of the The Sixth Sense. Along with great acting and satisfying story telling I give it a 5 out of 5.


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