Predestination (2014) Movie Review

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2014 | R | Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery
97 minutes /

User Score: 64/100

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Predestination Review


For his final assignment, a top temporal agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. The chase turns into a unique, surprising and mind-bending exploration of love, fate, identity and time travel taboos.

Predestination (2014) is a 2014 Australian action thriller science fiction movie that blew me away in a good way. The film is based on Robert A. Heinlein short story ‘"—All You Zombies—" written on July 11, 1958. Directors and writers Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig are brothers who work on movies together including Daybreakers (2009), Undead (2003) and The Big Picture (2000). The film contains little nudity, sexual content, minor gore, minor violence, bad language, suspense, twists, thrills and a great storyline that created a marvelous adventure.

Predestination is about an agent ( Ethan Hawke - Gattaca (1997), Before Sunset (2004), Training Day (2001), Before Sunrise (1995)) who is approaching retirement that travels back in time to apprehend/stop a terrorist named Fizzle Bomber. The bomb was stopped but in the event, the agent got injured and his face was burned. The agent then uses a time machine that is hidden in a violin case to travel to 1992 which is in the future to receive plastic surgery on his face. We later learn that the agent works for the Temporal Bureau, which is an organization that send special agents through time to prevent crimes from happening. They had never had a terrorist/criminal escape before until they met the Fizzle Bomber, who is responsible for killing 11,000 people in New York City in March 1975.

The agent was sent on one last mission to New York City to works as a bartender in 1970 before his retirement. An unmarried mother (Sarah Snook - Jessabelle (2014), Not Suitable for Children (2012), Sisters of War (2010)) told the agent/bartender a story that astonishes him where he wants to hear more. As he hears more of the story, he decides to help them by traveling back in time to do something his company would not approve of. The movie is really interesting, but you have to pay full attention to the film as there’s a lot of twists.

I am wondering why the agent chooses to retire in New York City in March of 1975 after he complete his mission - will there be a part 2 to this movie. The movie was definitely captivating and reels you in slowly where you come to the point that you do not want to blink for the fear that you might miss something. The actors all did a phenomenal part with their roles in this movie. I love that the directors made the movie so that the audience/me can feel what the characters felt and go through their journey with them. I recommend this movie to all horror and non-horror fans alike because it is one of those movies that you most likely will find yourself watching again.

About Predestination 2014

Title: Predestination
Year: 2014
Runtime: 97 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.2/5 stars from 28 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 28
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Christopher Kirby, Noah Taylor, Marky Lee Campbell, Carolyn Shakespeare-Allen, Noel Herriman, David Rock, Jim Knobeloch, Steven Carroll, Scott Norman, Elise Jansen, Sarah Snook, Kuni Hashimoto, Ray Tiernan, Paul Moder, Giordano Gangl, Alicia Pavlis, Freya Stafford, Christopher Bunworth, Tony Niko, Ewa Bartecki, Burcin Eser, Jamie Gleeson, Monique Heath, Christopher Stollery, Tony Nikolakopoulos, Christina Tan, Sophie Cusworth, Arielle O'Neill, Arielle Carver-O'Neill
Writers: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig, Robert A. Heinlein
Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig