Predestination is a superficial sci-fi thriller, but this loopy mind tripping adaptation is backed by a well executed plot, resourceful cinematography, fitting musical score, and great performances from its cast.
A Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke) is sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to prevent future killers from committing their crimes. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must stop the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time and prevent a devastating attack in which thousands of lives will be lost.
Predestination has no intention of making any logical sense and capitalizes on its own paradox.
This loopy film has has a hint of Looper with a bit of Back to the Future II. While the plot is confusing, the twists and turns are executed well to keep you engaged.
The story jumps around in different times through convincing set pieces. From the looks of it the makers of the film didn’t have much of a budget, but the small yet detailed set-pieces and minimal effects gave it its own look.
The cinematography and production did a good job in making each time period distinct through set designs, costume and lighting, while also ensuring that everything still looks consistent. The musical score adds melancholic flourishes at the right moments.
What anchors the whole movie is the cast. Sarah Snook steals the show with a great dual performance. Ethan Hawke has been making rounds in the indie circles with good choices. Noah Taylor has limited screen time, but still makes an intriguing character.
While Predestination is a fun time hopping adventure of sorts, the film is a superficial mind trip that only exists to pose the eternal question – what comes first, the chicken or the egg?
It doesn’t tackle any of the potential themes that comes along the way – identity and gender norms, inevitability of time, and the inconsistency of human nature.
After you watch this movie, there’s isn’t much going for it after you’ve seen the reveal.
Even with this, Predestination is still an engrossing movie with a touching character story that poses an interesting question in the end – can we really change our future or are we destined to make the same mistakes?
Alternative Movie Poster from Neven Udovicic