Director: Michael and Peter Spierig
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor
Genre: Sci-fi Thriller
Country of Origin: USA 2014 97 mins.
Released by SIGNATURE ENTERTAINMENT
'Impressive, clever and convoluted with twists and turns galore'.
Temporal Agents are an elite group who go back in time to prevent crimes before they happen.
Whilst disarming a bomb placed by the notorious 70s Fizzle Bomber it detonates leaving the agent badly burnt. With hospitalisation and plastic surgery reconstruction he emerges as Ethan Hawke and is assigned to locate and stop the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time and prevent a devastating attack in which thousands of lives will be lost.
Whilst working undercover as a bartender in New York, Ethan strikes up a conversation with John (Sarah Snook) who relates his life story in flashbacks - born Jane, her life in an orphanage, doesn't fit in, academically brilliant, recruited into the SpaceCorp, a 60s government organisation overseen by the mysterious Mr. Robinson (Noah Taylor) which recruited women for space travel and a brief and destructive love affair with someone who played a significant role in her/his life. A bargain is struck. Travel back in time to the 1970s and Jane will take revenge on the man who destroyed her life and help Ethan to catch the Fizzle Bomber. Wow. that's a lot to take in.
An impressive, clever, if somewhat convoluted film that moves into an intersex story that remains at its core. it's difficult to write about without giving too much away and there's so much to take in I hope it doesn't baffle audiences. Sarah Snook who plays John and Jane is excellent, Ethan Hawke offers a casual but detailed and solid performance, Michael and Peter Spierig's script is spot on and although it's short on action, as a time travel movie 'Predestination' sets you thinking.