(This is the Predestination film review, which is an Australian science fiction movie released in 2014 that is based on a short story titled ‘All you Zombies’)
The mother of all time traveler stories, as described by Professor Michio Kaku in one of his speech. If you’re familiar with the professor of theoretical physics, you’d already guessed the plot of this movie. While the movie was based on the short story ‘All you zombies’, written by Robert A. Heinlein, it was popularized by Michio Kaku as he narrated this movie plot in 2009, at Queens borough community college. The film is directed by The Spierig Brothers and stars Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snooke. With such a deep and possibly mindfck genre, would this be the film that will blow you away? Read on the Predestination film review below to find out!
Predestination tells a story of a time-traveling agent, who is on a pursuit for a suspect known as the ‘Fizzle Bomber’. A bomb blast explodes and burns his face as he failed to disarm the bomb. An anonymous figure approaches to help him reach for his time traveling device and he manages to return to a hospital in the future, where he survived and received a facial reconstruction. After recovering, he received his last assignment and moves to 1970 as a bartender. There and then, he met a customer who writes confession stories under the name ‘The Unmarried Mother’. And from there, things start to get out of hand. Could he manage to save himself and others from the time paradox itself?
Predestination Film Review
The movie is generalized as fantasy and thriller. You get the fantasy idea of time traveling, and the thrill of unfolding the mysterious character known as fizzle bomber. There wasn’t much of an explanation of how the time traveling works in this movie, besides knowing that it comes in a violin case, weighing approximately 6 kg when fully charged with dial locks where you can key in the coordinates of arrival. It was only briefly explained as a device that creates a temporal wake, and the ability to calculate a discreet location as well as avoiding any materialization collision. Sounds like the perfect portable time machine.
It has a slow start with a lot of narration of the past, which gradually makes up the plot. Half of the movie was set at the bar but if you manage to stay passed it, that’s where things get interesting. This story isn’t your typical flashback even though it started that way. And if you’re always trying to figure out when did the story begins, you will only be disappointed at the end as it has a mind-blowing twist. The movie has a good pace, allowing the viewer to absorb most of the plot twists (yes, there are more than one). There aren’t many suspensions to consider it much of a thriller, but it does a good job in hiding the faces of each character, who are only revealed near the end.
The movie has a total of four main characters, the bartender, the unmarried mother John/Jane, fizzle bomber, and Mr. Robertson. While it mainly revolves around John/Jane, it is mind-boggling why the rest of the characters doesn’t get an introduction, until later part of the movie. Each character plays an important role in every part of the movie as each an everyone is interconnected by means of time. Pay close attention to the character’s action as it will cause a predestined result. Overall the character progression is pretty straightforward, and self-explanatory at the end of the movie. The title would have been the biggest spoiler to this movie if you were able to think out of the box.
You would have probably figured out the ‘cliche’ ending half way thru the movie if you’re a veteran in this genre. But you’d still be glued to the screen hoping that you were wronged, or just wanting to be sure of it. Nevertheless, Predestination isn’t the greatest time-traveling story, but it is definitely one of the craziest. It has one of the most interesting scripts, and the more you think about it (time travel), the more it doesn’t make sense. It did a good job of adapting the short story into a movie and like mentioned before, even the theoretical physicist Michio Kaku used it as an analogy. So can you figure out who is John/Jane parents?
[Predestination film review score table]
Mind-blowing plot twists
Great character progressions
Good pacing at revealing identities of characters
It starts off kind of slow
Not much thrilling moments
The craziest time travel story ever!
Overall, the movie makes you ponder about the possibilities of time travel in the future. If time travel is real, does that mean there are some around us already? Will we ever be destined to meet one? Or on the other hand, it isn't possible at all cause it will create a paradox. We will never figure that out and meanwhile lets just time travel forward at the pace of 60 seconds per minute, one second at a time.