Predestination

Predestination

DVD - 2015
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A covert operative resorts to time travel in an effort to corral a criminal who has managed to elude him through the years, but the time-travel journey becomes full of unexpected twists and turns.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2015
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 98 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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lavasushi
Aug 28, 2018

I like Ethan Hawke as an actor. I think he’s believable and plays off beat films. I’m leery when it’s “directed, written, starring, produced by…..but this was based on Robert Heinlein’s short story, so Michael Spiergig and Peter Spierig writing and directing it turned out ok, because they just adapted it. I liked it. Got lost in the middle, confused towards the end, and then it vaguely makes sense. Not sure if it’s a thriller or a mystery. Thought provoking.

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mr_chocolate
Apr 12, 2018

This was an interesting idea and for the first hour was masterfully played out. For me though, as most problems with time-travel films, there are continuity problems that become complicated, if not impossible. I got lost near the end with the implausible aspects of time-travel implications, or lack of them.
Some aspects of the repeating story of 2012 film, Looper, and the 1981 The Terminator, are used here, but as this was based upon a 1961 story by Robert A Heinlein, this was obviously an earlier story.
Great performances by Ethan Hawke (various quality films) and Sarah Snook (most recently, the 2018 Winchester and 2017 The Glass Castle)

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akirakato
Mar 15, 2018

Directed by Michael and Peter Spierig in 2014 based on the short story "All You Zombies" by Robert A. Heinlein, this Australian SF thriller depicts an entrancingly strange time-travel saga while you remain puzzled whenever twists and turns keep multiplying well beyond the point of reaching your understanding.
Superb are the performances of the major actors.
Quite interesting is the idea of transgender or intersex in the main character.
Although it seems complicated and sophisticated, it turns out to be a fascinatingly and intriguingly entertaining piece you would love to the hilt.

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MontMoroc
Feb 27, 2018

Interesting concept and very well directed with a great performance by Ethan Hawke. Only complaint is that it is a bit predictable where they're bringing the story at times and it tends to drag on a bit more than needed.

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sunjester
Oct 26, 2017

Really nicely done - great acting and special effects (it's worth watching the behind the scenes stuff to get an idea of how much work went into the makeup, FX, and the like). Don't think too hard about the plot, though! If you're looking for a great companion piece to this movie, check out Primer (but be prepared to rewatch or read up on that one for how everything works).

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 01, 2017

***SPOILERS***
This incredibly heart-wrenching movie isn't from the sad backstory of Jane Doe to John Doe but realizing that everything would happen over and over again in a loop, a snake eating its own tail. This follows the convoluted life of a time travelling agent and how she created herself and interacts with herself. Jane was raised in a girls orphanage not knowing her own parents. She has quite the pretentious attitude because she's better than most of her peers and even the boys, both physically and mentally. But in her time women weren't allowed to become astronauts, which was upsetting for Jane but it didn't stop her. During the lengthy examinations, Jane excelled in her work but one day she was defending herself against one of the girls who wanted to fight with her and despite acting in self-defence she was discharged. Soon after Jane starts working as a housemaid and continues her studies in university. Soon she meets a boy and they fall in love. Eventually, she became pregnant. The baby was delivered healthy, but doctors noticed something strange about Jane's body. She had to get her female reproducing organs removed, and had male organs instead. Soon she had to transition into a male with multiple surgeries and had to take testosterone to get a deeper voice but she still had to practice on how to act like a man. Jane changed her name to John and named her baby Jane. In the hospital the baby was kidnapped, by a time traveller (who the next future John) and put into a girl orphanage 20 years in the past. John eventually got a job as a dishwasher, then tried applying again for the space travel, but they saw her as unfit. John tells her life's story to a bartender who she later finds out is a time travelling agent. He has her join and tells her that she could kill the boy who she fell in love with and get away with it. So when John goes to find the boy she bumps into her younger self and they fall in love, and the whole cycle repeats itself again, into an endless loop. I recommend anyone to at least watch this movie twice to spot anything you might have missed, this truly is a masterpiece.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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dupree905
Dec 18, 2016

not a very good movie, the hype is very overrated. The twist is only because you wouldn't think the story would go in that direction. Not a clever film by any means, just good acting to save an otherwise slow and pretentious film. Probably worth checking out the Heinlein story instead.

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Nursebob
Nov 12, 2016

Time travel paradoxes are a mainstay of science-fiction and in the Spierig brothers’ Gordian knot of a film, based on a short story by sci-fi great Robert Heinlein, they come fast and merciless. As Ethan Hawke's character jumps back and forth through time in pursuit of his elusive quarry, his temporal leaps begin to take their toll on his mental health—apparently psychoses and dementia are not uncommon in his profession—while the taciturn bar patron he's befriended throws a few ingenious wrenches into the plot and the audience scratches its collective head bloody. Naturally there is a bit of scientific license (a time travel device that fits in a violin case?) and some background information on the furtive X-Files government agency behind the time tampering would have been interesting though hardly germane to the story. But the Spierigs do deliver a rip-roaring head-slapping actioner with far more IQ points than most Saturday night popcorn features—and those clever little clues they toss along the way only reveal themselves in retrospect.

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trcookIIImddmd
Oct 29, 2016

Fun movie with a somewhat mindbending plot.

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Dadjoe1
Oct 09, 2016

Smart movie. One needs much patience to appreciate a movie like this. It was well-thought of and might need a second viewing to fully understand it. But once you figure out the plot and connect one timeline to another, you'll realize that this is a really good and original movie. Sarah Snook's acting is a good enough reason to watch it.

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bmanuel
Oct 29, 2015

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EuSei Jul 27, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Badly scarred bodies. Quite disturbing burned face, and badly scarred. Graphic depiction of a man's face burning.

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jimg2000
Apr 01, 2015

Tons of quotes in IMDb:
Mr. Robertson: Yes. Have you ever been with a man?
Jane: Have you?
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Alice: It's never too late to be who you might have been.
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The Bartender: The one thing that this job has taught me is that truth is stranger than fiction.
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The Snake That Eats Its Own Tail, Forever and Ever. I know where I came from - but where did all you zombies come from?

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