Review of “Predestination”

* * C

Predestination is time travel story predestinationrevolving around a time agent (Ethan Hawke) who, after a career hunting a dangerous criminal, the “Fizzle Bomber”, is badly burned in the past trying to stop him. Upon recovery, he is retired by the agency, but steals a time machine and escapes into the past to meet an enigmatic newspaper columnist (Sarah Snook).

I can’t say much about the plot without spoiling it, but it is convoluted, and takes advantage of the paradoxical nature of time travel. There is at least one gaping hole, and I found the ending a bit unsatisfactory. The first half of the film was a little slow paced, whereas the second act seemed rushed.

If you like science fiction, you may want to give this a watch, but don’t expect Gattica or Inception; it’s closer to Looper.

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I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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2 Responses to Review of “Predestination”

  1. Dan O. says:

    It’s a neat idea, but ultimately gets a tad too jumbled up. Still, I had some fun. Nice review.

    • jimbelton says:

      Dan:

      Thanks. I too thought it was watchable (hence it escaped the dreaded 1 star). Still, a couple of films that weren’t time travel stories per se were better time travel stories; namely, The Terminator and Back to the Future. Hard to think of a really great time travel story that has really nailed it on the big screen.

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