A must watch for anyone who enjoys a mind bending, soul imploding film. Although the first scene is action packed, not much is understood as to the who's and why's. After that, and for only a few minutes, the movie seemed slow and without direction. Soon after it becomes intriguing, suspenseful, and where the direction of the film is going although not yet understood . The Director was able to clearly explain the unexplainable at the very end of the movie. So, for those that sometimes walk out of a movie not understanding what happened, I can assure you that will not be the case <more>
here. I give many kudos to the original writing, screen writing, directing, and acting. This movie will be ranked as one of my all time best films ever.
This movie is hands down one of the Greatest Sci-fi films of the century. The acting was great, the plot was amazing, and it kept everyone on the edge of their seats. This plot has so many twists and turns it leaves the audience scratching their heads. I have watched a SH!T TON of movies in my life time and this is by-far the greatest. it kept me up all night trying to think of how this movie even happened. If i were to explain this movie in one sentence it would be - "DON'T BLINK, YOU'LL MISS THE BEST PART". If you have not yet watched this movie you absolutely NEED to! I <more>
rated a 10/10 because i think cant think of a reason not to because my mind exploded several times throughout the movie .
I know where I come from, but where do All you Zombies... (by XweAponX)
If Robert A Heinlein and his wife Virginia had lived to see this, they would have been more than pleased. They would have sat there with jaw agape at how perfectly this film follows every detail of the story it is based upon.I heard about this project a few months ago in a Reddit board. Whenever I hear about my favorite books or stories being made into Film, I always wonder how much they will muck it up. In the case of this, the source matériel is so unusual that I knew that regardless of who made this film, I would be seeing "All you Zombies".Of course, anyone who has read <more>
"All You Zombies" - The Short very short story by The Dean of Science Fiction, would have every detail of it memorized. It's one of those stories you have to read, and then read again, and then wonder what the blazes you have read, so you read it again. This is one of those stories that you have to read maybe 50 timers before you really understand what's being said.Because there is no "Unwed Mother", there is no "Bartender" and there is no "Fizzle Bomber", at least not as individual people. And there never was a baby dropped off at the steps of an orphanage in 1945. And John Never met Jane. And most important, the Chicken never laid the egg that grew back up into the Chicken.Of course, that "Chicken" would have also have to have been 1/2 Rooster. But that is Heinlien's Handywork for you, his twisted humor, which he revisits in his last four books from "The Number of the Beast" to "To Sail Beyond the Sunset"- All of which deal with Time Travel and Alternate Universes. This is a story that takes time and tosses it into a blender and re- shapes it, but where other Time Travel paradox stories fail is where 'All you Zombies" is a perfect circle, we can see the clear direction of Time's Arrow.Speaking of which, the story which comes closest to Predestination's planned perfection is Star Trek's "Times Arrow" two parter which spans from 1890's San Francisco to the planet Dividia II in the 24th Century- Beginning and ending with Data's Head. But where some of these Time Tales revolve around an "Altered Timeline", this one has none of that- It's all the same Timeline, the time-line of a single individual.But this story can never go past the 50 year mark - 50 years from when time travel had been "stitched" out, in either direction. Because just like Heinlein's very first published story "LifeLine", this is all told from within the life span of one person.In a way, John and Jane's story is the story of every man or woman on Earth, but In John's case, he actually was "his own grandpa".I have read All You Zombies at least a hundred times, I know every facet of this story. And whoever "The Spierig Brothers" are, they not only created this perfect rendition of the story, even doing much of the special effects and music - But on top of that, they UNDERSTOOD exactly what Heinlein was saying, and so there is not one idle phrase from the story that is not represented here, in this visual retelling.I have been waiting for this story to be made into a film all of my life, and I for one am in no way disappointed with any part of it - The story is recanted by Jane/John to "The Bartender" just like the written story, and the events of John's story match every detail of the original short story.There are some things that go a little further than the story, like this stuff about a "Fizzle Bomber", And I think it was a logical way to include the Ending of the story - Because the short story only has the Beginning and the Middle and then the beginning again, so the added material actually provides the end of the Ouruboros' tail- The snake that eats it's own tail.It's just another Brief History of Time, but in this case it tells a remarkable and fascinating story.
This is not just classic sci-fi it is almost a classic Greek play: Fateful and tragic. That's the parting feeling. But it delivers so many genres on any level you care to enjoy it. To me the strength of this film is the characters—every day people like ourselves—seeing themselves in an extraordinary light. As time-travel stories go there are none of the paradoxes of other such films to frustrate you. The elegant, thought-provoking symmetry of the original short story is respected beautifully—but hats off to the directors for expanding it into a study of human self-identity. In my <more>
opinion the best sci-fi only uses fantasy within the realms of possibility to explore humanity in ways that a grounding in known reality cannot, and this film offers viewers a 'what if' so believably presented they can put themselves in that situation and question themselves in a way they normally never would. The only paradox here is the very real inescapable self of all of us and yet being so many different people throughout our lives. You will benefit from seeing this film.
Brilliant. Thought-provoking mind bending brilliance. Coming under the radar and screening on Tuesday night as part of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival schedule, Predestination stars Ethan Hawke Sinister in a film that caught us off guard and sent us home with the reality of just witnessing one of the best films of the year. Ethan Hawke plays a character without name who is a time-travelling agent for a secret agency that uses their ability to transport to specific dates as an opportunity to stop crime. Hawkes character known as The Bartender is on the tail end of his career. And on <more>
his final assignment, he is tasked with stopping the "Fizzle Bomber", a terrorist that exploded a bomb in New York City in 1975 that killed over 11,000 citizens. The bartender had a chance to stop the bomber once before but failed and now after a recuperating after his final jump, he jumps from 1960's through the 70's, 80's and 90's to achieve his final objective. The time travel machine used to jump is basic and brilliant in its simplicity a violin case where the adjustment of the numbered and lettered locking mechanism determines the date to which one will travel. It is during an early jump that Hawkes character finds himself in the 1960's acting as a bartender in a small dive bar. It's here where he meets the character played by Sarah Snook again, no name is given for the character just the description "The Unmarried Mother" . The two main characters begin a conversation that is part Tarantino part Mamet in its delivery and genius. The Unmarried Mother begins to weave a tale so unbelievable that it's mesmerizing to hear it unravel. The bartender does not seem as overly surprised at the details and at the conclusion of the anguishing story, he offers the Unmarried Mother an opportunity to go back in time to face the person which caused her such grief. The time jump of the two characters sets the timeline path for a story that goes in directions that will be completely unseen. By the time the Unmarried Mother meets her oppressor and the Bartender confronts the Fizzle Bomber the directing duo of the of Spierig Brothers Peter and Michael have laid out a complex plot of intersecting stories best described as a "snake eating its own tail." Ethan Hawke has worked with the Spierig Brothers before with 2009's Daybreakers which this reviewer thought was a well above average tale of vampires in a futuristic world. But with Predestination the collaborative efforts of the brothers and Hawke have created a brilliant time travel science fiction film that betters Rian Johnson's Looper in its vision and execution. Predestination is a movie where washroom breaks are not recommended. Every detail of the story circles back to the wonderful final reveal. It's a film that commands attention and then rewards the viewer for the courtesy. When the year finally comes to a close, we will have screened over 200 films released in 2014. Predestination is sure to be on our list of Top 10 when the tallies are constructed.
This year's Looper or Inception. (by Troy_Campbell)
Twisty, turny and mind-bending, one viewing won't be enough for this time travelling head scratcher. Two plots – one revolving around Ethan Hawke's temporal agent seeking to stop a terrorist, the other following the life of a precocious orphan who isn't quite like everybody else – are intricately and intelligently woven together to not only build tension but to explore provocative themes to spoiler-y to mention here. In fact, Predestination is one of those movies its hard to say much of anything about. It's such a meticulously drip-fed thriller – slowly and superbly <more>
unravelling as each and every minute of the runtime ticks on – that the real joy here is unwrapping and grasping or attempting to any rate what it is you're actually witnessing. In his second collaboration with Aussie filmmakers the Spierig Brothers, Hawke is in career-best form as the veteran time traveller on the brink of burning out, whilst relative newcomer Sarah Snook born and bred South Australian is outstanding in a complex and demanding role that has rightly grabbed the attention of Hollywood. The Spierig's also demonstrate their diversity in both the writing and directing departments, going from the enjoyable but tonally lightweight splatter-fest Daybreakers to this altogether more mature, thematically heavy and narratively elaborate sci-fi saga that still manages to maintain a high excitement level. This year's Looper or Inception.
'Predestination' deserves more recognition. (by menzies97)
I feel like sometimes great movies don't get enough recognition, films like Prisoners, Enemy, or Predestination. This film impacted me heavily, and it kept me thinking and thinking about it for a week after I saw it. Ethan Hawke gave a great performance, which keeps me wondering why he ever agreed to do "The Purge", but the real standout is Sarah Snook, who is breathtaking in her role.One of the best things about this film was that when I thought it was going in one direction, it took a hard right hand turn. Not many movies make me doubt myself like that. The direction was clean <more>
and solid, the cinematography was immaculate, and the special and visual effects were outstanding. Everything about the look of the film was perfect.My only complaints are that the movie's first act was a little slow. However, as the film progresses into the second and third act, the long first act is absolutely necessary. If it was a little shorter, it would've worked so well. Confusing? Yes. Enjoyable? Big time. If you can see Predestination, definitely do so. 8/10
Sadly I had to travel to an old and tiny cinema to see this movie as it didn't play in the major cinemas on the Gold Coast...after watching this movie i have absolutely no clue why.I truly enjoyed every minute of this film, all of the actors did a great job, especially Ethan Hawk. I did see some of the plot lines coming and still got a bit of a surprise in how they delivered those plot lines...if you get a chance and like a sci-fi with brains then go and watch this!!!I would definitely not compare it to looper just to add to the end yes looper and predestination are about time travel, <more>
A unique and decidedly dark sci-fi film (by cashton-859-438869)
"Predestination" is an incredibly original and creative film, employing what may seem like 'common' aspects of the science-fiction genre, and putting a darker, grimmer twist on them. Time travel is handled quite well in this Australian film, focusing less on the effects of travelling back and forth in time than other sci-fi films. "Predestination" uses decidedly odd pacing, beginning with a 'bang' and following that up with almost an hour of subdued plot. But oddly enough, these moments of -almost- pure dialogue and occasional flashbacks never become <more>
boring, but rather deepen the film's characters and their back-stories. The cast performances are what really make this movie 'shine'. Ethan Hawke, as usual, delivers an almost flawless performance as the unnamed lead, and Sarah Snook, an Australian newcomer, surprises with her wide range of acting abilities. Overall, the third feature film by the Spierig Brothers is a surprisingly original, daring, and genre-bending film.