Director(s): The Spierig Brothers
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor, Christopher Kirby, Christopher Sommers
Over the years, a love/hate relationship has developed with myself and time travel stories. I love the ‘what if’ aspects which drive the narrative, but the science drives the hate train for me where I cannot shut off the loophole detector in my O.C.D strangled brain. And no matter how sound the science, a loophole always slips in. Guaranteed. There’s too many variables to be able to sit back, relax and let the plot unfold. Although, as of late, I have learned to just Zen out and not get too Spock about the logic involved. That said, I give to you the time travel mind-screw, Predestination (2014).
When I began this review, I voiced my opinion on temporal loopholes and Predestination is not getting off Scott free on this one. Not revealing said loopholes, I will merely preface that they exist. The temptation there will be to ruminate and obsess over how this all works, but fight it. Fight it to the end. Then take a deep breath, take in what you watched, decide if you enjoyed it. I implore you to go into this without the nitpick mindset. The ride itself is much more fun that way. If after you have decided your final thoughts on the movie, nitpick all you want. I’m not your therapist. Who knows? I might change my tune after further viewings. But that’s in the future. (see what I did there?)
This one is a big recommend. Not expecting what it was going to be, I was quite please with what it became. And at a near perfect runtime of 97 minutes, the movie doesn’t overstay it’s welcome in the least. If anything it will leave you scratching your head. And who doesn’t like a good head scratching.
|Don’t scratch your head too much.
Because I hyped the trailer so much here’s a sneak peek: