The Spierig Brothers are an interesting filmmaking duo. They dabble mainly in genre pictures such as zombies, aliens, vampires or with time travel which happens to be the subject of their latest concoction entitled Predestination. What makes them standout from all the other genre filmmakers out there though is that they never seem content to just offer up some more of the same much like their peers often do. They always put a spin or some sort of a twist or wrinkle in the tried and true formula that despite whether it works or not at the very least shows they are trying which is more than we can say for most of the drivel that comes out of Hollywood. Read the full review after the break.
Review Vital Stats:
Projector Type: Video on demand
Film Rating: R
Film Runtime: 1 hr 37 min
Studio: Sony Pictures
Release Date: January 9, 2015
Loves: Smart science-fiction, time travel genre
Likes: Daybreakers, Ethan Hawke
Hates: When a movie cheats to keep its secrets hidden
How come I never heard of this until now?: Because apparently we wanted Taken 3 more.
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It's important to note that this isn't an action movie, nor is it really even a Sci-fi movie despite featuring time travel as a key component to its delicately weaved web of intrigue. In fact, anyone coming into the film with that predisposition towards it might find themselves often times wondering if they are watching the correct movie due to how methodical it is in setting up its intricate string of events that have been masterfully woven together. The film starts out like a typical time travel story with just a tinge of film noir thrown in for good measure. We see a series of clips from moments we do not yet understand the importance of and meet characters we don't really know yet and all signs seem to be pointing in a predictable direction not even realizing that the script is just having fun with us.
|Working as a time agent has its drawbacks, such as leaving too much of yourself all over time.|
It's at this point where Predestination veers off from the usual formulaic road for a time travel movie and steers into its own path down a road that will eventually lead the audience on what can only be described as a mind bending tour de force experience. You will question every moment, every action and every word that is spoken. You will no doubt wonder what any of it means and when you do finally start to piece some of it together another few pieces are thrown on the table to further convince you that despite your hard work trying to figure it all out, you are still wrong. This isn't one of those films you should try to work out but instead just let it happen and discover its brilliance as it expertly puts the puzzle together before your eyes.
|Sarah Snook's performance is nothing short of a revelation.|
Special mention must go out to the actors as well who all turn in some really great work here. Actors are always an essential part of any movie, but when it comes to science fiction and time travel it is all too easy to play it light or campy. The three primaries, Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor and Sarah Snook treat the material like the serious human drama it is which elevates the already excellent script into something more akin to a Gattaca than say a Timecop. Sarah Snook in particular, whose previous work is unknown to this reviewer, steals the show with a mutli-layered transformational performance that goes beyond good into truly remarkable.
Time travel movies are tough to get right. You might find a lot of faults in Predestination's script and you may or may not choose to look past them, but regardless of any of that there is a really great story supporting it all which helps make those nitpicks fade away while you focus on all the good stuff. The Spierig Brothers have put together a film that will make Sci-fi geeks squeal in glee while simultaneously making a film that goes beyond the boundaries of that genre by intertwining what could quite possibly be one of the most deliciously twisted end game revelations to come around in quite some time.