10 November 2015

PREDESTINATION

PREDESTINATION

Australia, 2014
Directors: The Spierig Brothers
(Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig)

10/10










Based on the few things I knew about this movie beforehand (poster artwork & synopsis), I expected this to be more or less a run-of-the-mill time-travel flick, maybe a bit in the vein of "Looper" or something like that. Little did I know that this would actually turn out to be sooooo much more, sooooo much better than I would have ever expected. It's not just one of the best time-travel-themed films I've ever seen, I'd even place it on the same level with masterpieces like "Inception", "Primer" or "Donnie Darko", at least in terms of complexity, quality writing and general sophistication.


"Predestination", the latest film of Australian whizz kids Michael & Peter Spierig ("Daybreakers", "Undead"), starts out with a time-traveling Temporal Agent who tries to stop an infamous terrorist called "Fizzle Bomber" from killing hundreds of people in New York via a massive bomb attack - but... erm, that's NOT what the movie is about, because after a really explosive opening (in the truest sense of the word), the movie takes a massive turn and spends almost 45 minutes in a bar where a mysterious seemingly transexual stranger tells the barkeeper the bizarre story of his life - before taking another and much more massive turn and transforming itself into one of the biggest mindfucks in movie history.

Throughout the last half hour, especially during the last 10-15 minutes, I was sitting in the front of the screen, eyes and mouth wide open, goosebumps all over my body, because I was simply flabbergasted and gobsmacked by all the twisted things that turned my brain into a fucking bretzel. Whenever you think you know into what direction it goes... WHAM!! BAM!! Another plot twist comes along and changes everything. It's astounding what the Spierigs achieved with this movie. Based on Robert A. Heinlein's short story "All You Zombies", they created an unbelievable mindblower of a movie, fantastically written and stunningly directed, tense and gripping from start to finish, and packed with a wide array of rather deep topics like gender politics, space travel, time paradoxes, terrorism, education
and love.


Ethan Hawke makes you forget about his lame performances in "The Purge" and "Getaway", and shines as complicated, eclectic and deeply fascinating character, though he gets completely outshined by newcomer Sarah Snook ("These Final Hours") as gender bender, delivering a performance so unbelievably powerful, it's beyond belief. [Shower her with awards!] Production design and art direction are terrific, Ben Nott's ("Daybreakers") cinematography is staggering and the music (composed by Peter Spierig himself) is just excellent.

This is the time-travel movie to end all time-travel movies. Mind-bending, mind-boggling, mind-blowing. A cinematic monolith!


3 comments:

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have been praising this movie since I saw it back in Dec. 2014. I think this is one of the most underrated films. Pure awesomeness to me. I loved it.

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  2. Dang. I keep seeing strong reviews for this. Time I jumped in and watched it.

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  3. Hmmm. Okay. Let's check it out. Or did I check it out already?

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