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Predestination

Predestination

2014
Drama
Sci-fi
1h 37m
The life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. (imdb)
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Predestination

2014
Drama
Sci-fi
1h 37m
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Rated 01 Dec 2014
57
33rd
Someone with gender issues saw TimeCop and wrote a fanfic that was 100% focused on their own Mary Sue character. This was filmed and the end result called Predestination. It almost works as a concept, but kind of fails as a movie that's supposed to engage us because if you ever read more than 4 science fiction stories the twists are so obvious it becomes annoying.
Rated 27 Nov 2014
40
44th
Somehow I'm not surprised Robert A. Heinlein's fantasies might have included dreaming about creating a master race solely by fucking himself. Without the gimmick and the "twists" the movie has next to nothing to offer, and the unnatural storytelling makes getting through it a slog.
Rated 06 Oct 2014
55
39th
This patiently told time travel tale, a nicely produced adaptation of Heinlein's '-All You Zombies-' (do not read this short story beforehand! the film is, frankly, rather boring if one is in the know), is a significant step up from 'Undead' and 'Daybreakers' for The Spierigs. I liked Hawke's performance. Don't know about Snook... she might be one to watch but her acting was a bit too showy somehow, I found.
Rated 08 Dec 2014
45
19th
Don't get me wrong, I'm all in favour of people taking inspiration from "Primer" and "Timecrimes", and Noah Taylor deserves all the screentime he gets, but there comes a point where the movie gets confusing not because the plot twists are original and unpredictable - which they're not - but because I can't bring myself to care why they happen. There's a good reason snakes don't usually eat their own tails.
Rated 01 Jan 2015
50
8th
An example of what happens when you try to be too smart with time-travel. There is 50 minutes of plain-Jane exposition that is like torture, special mention going to the awful Spacegirl fight club. When the movie actually switches to the time-travel component, it drags through obfuscated mud. And when you find out it was mud all along you wonder why you didn't just close your eyes for the entire movie.
Rated 27 Nov 2014
65
32nd
Go f**k yourself, Ethan Hawke!
Rated 27 Nov 2014
47
33rd
Time travel movie, that doesn't look like it till far into the second half. Then it gets confusing as hell with all the time travel and paradoxes and predestination and shit. I just read the short story this film is based on, and they made a movie more confusing than it should have been.
Rated 04 Jul 2015
70
77th
One heck of a mind-bender. Predestination is something that holds your interest from start to finish simply because you want to see where it's going to go next. The twists and turns may feel cheap - they are - but they ultimately work at holding your attention. Good lead performances from Hawke and Snook, too.
Rated 08 Dec 2014
50
27th
predestination is adeptly directed, but heinlein's story is obviously better on paper than the big screen. it's already stretching the imagination quite thin, which makes it a bit off the wall when it's told visually, despite the best efforts of ethan hawke and sarah snook.
Rated 28 Dec 2014
3
65th
It is entertaining and engaging alright, but the twist and turns is seen from miles and miles away. - Good
Rated 12 May 2020
74
74th
The story is fantastic classic time-travel stuff. When the dominoes all come crashing down, you'll really enjoy yourself. Some foreseeable and others less so, but almost all are satisfying. But the movie is so laser focused on setting up the dominoes that it barely takes a second to ruminate on the human drama or even the directly implicated high-science determinism-type questions. This movie was just bursting at the seams with interesting identity questions, but it is just barely explored.
Rated 02 Mar 2015
81
56th
It shifts your perception of time-travel movies into a new level. I'm not the fan of time travel movies, but this movie is so emotional to ignore it.
Rated 19 Apr 2015
87
95th
"Who came first, chicken or the egg? The Rooster." This movie has successfully raped my brain!!
Rated 14 Apr 2015
75
81st
Wow, this was not the kind of film I expected. It was a pleasant surprise, too. I love time travel movies, so I'm fairly biased, but I quite enjoyed this. If you try hard enough, you could probably work out most of the twists before they happen, but I still thought they were pretty good. Hawke was good, and Snook was even better. I hope to see more or her in the future. It's best to know as little as possible going in, but if you're willing, you might just have a good time.
Rated 06 Apr 2015
91
92nd
It is a storytelling tour de force. Just 3 actors and indoor settings and they were able to tell a time travel story spanning 50 years quite well. It was great that they did not try to "modernize" the story, because that 70s Blade Runner feel of it was great. I also appreciated the modern auteur style of the Spierig Brothers, they did nearly everything from special effects to music. But above all, Sarah Snook had a performance of a lifetime and rose the movie one-notch above.
Rated 15 Dec 2014
50
55th
Slow-starter that improves as it goes on. Very much worth seeing for time-travel fans.
Rated 31 Mar 2015
69
46th
Rather interesting take at time travel, predestination and free will. Too bad it telegraphs all the plot twists to the viewer.
Rated 04 Dec 2014
60
38th
The clumsy attempts at obfuscation pointed a big old sign at the twist bit. In spite of that I enjoyed it.
Rated 01 Dec 2014
51
22nd
Competently shot & scored, but Predestination came across as drama-less. There were a few penny drop moments where you start connecting the dots, but you have to get through some tame filmmaking to get there. The sets were overly picture perfect, even the dusty, run down locations felt too dressed. The acting rarely lifted above what was required. Outside of a few saving grace scenes, there is nothing revelatory here.
Rated 27 Nov 2014
73
67th
I appreciate the story and will forgive some of its errors due to the difficulty in adapting that story, but a few scenes were not quite right. Still enjoyable.
Rated 13 Aug 2015
65
41st
A throw-away time travel idea eats its own brain and then sicks it up again, somehow ties the resulting liquid in a knot, shouts TADA! and hopes you think it's awfully clever. For how shit that sounds, actually reasonable fun though. And mercifully short.
Rated 04 Dec 2014
30
28th
oh, super, another of of those predictable "you can't change shit" time travel movie
Rated 22 Feb 2015
65
42nd
There's a good assortment of ideas here wasted on a ridiculous premise which is a damn shame. It's worth watching for the acting but it feels like this got made to make some statement about LGBT issues. The idea that someone can fuck themselves and literally become the all in one villain and hero is dumb. Ethan Hawke also does not have anywhere close to the body frame of Sarah Snook so it made the entire "surprise" twist seem even more implausible.
Rated 30 Nov 2014
85
88th
The movie is great but Sarah Snook is simply brilliant. As someone said here: she is a Revelation indeed.
Rated 14 Feb 2015
70
63rd
I enjoyed this one. The performances were good, especially Sarah Snook, and the story-within-a-story that dominates the first half of the movie was more compelling than anything to do with "The Fizzle Bomber." The premise is typical, and the twist is highly telegraphed (there's a line in the film that was so obviously teasing the ending that it made me groan), but the pacing is such that those don't ruin the movie.
Rated 14 Feb 2016
68
72nd
The best time travel movie in which Ethan Hawke doesn't go into the future to kill himself as Bruce Willis.
Rated 28 Jan 2015
30
11th
It's the old story: Girl meets boy. Girl has baby. Girl discovers she's really girlboy. Girlboy becomes boy. Boy meets baby. Boy travels back in time to fuck girl(boy) and make baby (girlboy). Rinse and repeat. Random and bizarre, but not in a good way, feeling like a load of half-conceived ideas thrown into one. Seems to think the 'twist' is an acceptable climax too, despite (clearly?) telegraphing it much earlier. Probably full of plotholes: I won't be rewatching to confirm.
Rated 10 Dec 2014
75
40th
I feel like I have to reply to the people saying the twists are predictable: this movie fully intends on you figuring out each twist before it gets revealed. The point isn't to do something completely unpredictable but to slowly reveal over time what's going on.
Rated 16 Apr 2015
74
50th
It was just an alright movie, but had a crazy premise that was fun to watch unfold.
Rated 14 Dec 2014
4
23rd
Even though the plot is obvious from very early on in the movie, it doesn't ruin it. In fact, I think they want us to understand it right away. It's an odd way to approach a movie, and it doesn't fully work for me. It was entertaining and different nonetheless. If you're curious, watch this movie. If you're afraid of wasting your time, watch Timecrimes instead, it does a much better job with the endless time loop plot twists theme.
Rated 30 Nov 2014
89
89th
Brilliant!!
Rated 29 Sep 2014
78
46th
Very solid sci-fi thriller. Sarah Snook is a revelation. Would enjoy seeing more self-contained stories like this.
Rated 25 Jul 2015
84
81st
Better ending than beginning, a nice time travel film. Expected considering it's based on a book by Heinlein.
Rated 22 Nov 2015
75
73rd
I'm a sucker for time-travel films and this one was a mind bender. Though having said that, whether you like the twist or not, will determine how much you'll like this film. It's short and sweet and constructed pretty well. It's like one of those 3D images that becomes clearer as the more you look at it.
Rated 27 Nov 2014
55
44th
Though the execution of the film feels a little awkward at times, the concept is original and exciting. The acting is generally convincing, making this a fun and memorable experience.
Rated 14 Feb 2015
96
61st
Predestination is a unique time-travel film that deals with righting the wrongs of the past to spare the future and is just a great sci-fi film. Ethan Hawke is great in it and he seems to be one of those actors that likes doing the more involved sci-fi flicks (he also started in Gattica). I loved how they got the different tine periods details near perfect and the score was awesome. If you really enjoy sci-fi, you'll love predestination.
Rated 10 May 2015
71
66th
Nicely done time-travel story though after certain point everything is too obvious. I liked that the did not talk about the main thing until a plenty of time from the beginning.
Rated 26 Jun 2015
78
87th
Enjoyable, mind-blowing and beautifully shot. But apart from some major twists and cool time travel paradoxes, the story could be told in a short film.
Rated 24 Nov 2014
75
53rd
I quite enjoyed this. The first half or so is an interesting drama, before the time travel even gets introduced. The second half left me guessing because I had never read the short story that it is based on. As always, with time travel movies, there is only so much logic you can apply here, and inevitably people will rip holes in it, but it was thrilling. Snook was wonderful in this as well.
Rated 20 Nov 2015
78
58th
(Hope you saw the movie before reading all these reviews.)
Rated 15 Apr 2016
68
13th
EXEC: Hello 14-year old boy, what's this screenplay you wrote me. TEEN: Its got everything. Time travel, secret spy groups, bad gunfights, a training montage, tons of narration, self important dialogue, people saying way too much detail about their equipment instead of showing their competency, 40-minute long origin stories, the same quiet-stoic-professional personality for every character, a girl who's great at everything without explanation, and telegraphed plot twists. EXEC: Take my money.
Rated 27 Jul 2015
90
87th
This is a summer destination I can handle. So, I have to say that I loved this movie. It's pretty complicated but I think they do a good job towards the end filling you in on some details to get you caught up. This movie has so many strange twists and turns I feel like I can't really describe the movie without spoiling a bunch of it. I'll just say that Ethan Hawke is back from his terrible work with Boyhood and is now back where he belongs in sci-fi like he did with Gattaca...
Rated 27 Feb 2018
75
52nd
Not an entirely uninteresting thriller, which isn't surprising, for Heinlein's crazy output of writing through the years and his reputation as one of the big three of sci-fi (even if I wasn't already a big fan). It's a wonder that there haven't been more adaptations, but it's possible that his weird obsession with taboo subjects has something to do with it. You probably won't guess the twist, but you just might roll your eyes.
Rated 08 Nov 2015
85
64th
My oh my, Sarah Snook, I hope to see more of you in the future. Hawke is good, quite good and the movie is creative and wonderfully crafted to fit the narrative of time travel.
Rated 01 Dec 2014
60
19th
What starts off as a slowly building film that appears to be more of a drama than science fiction, quickly unwinds and leads to a decent, interesting enough time travel paradox film.
Rated 30 Nov 2014
3
68th
Quite good time loop.
Rated 25 Nov 2014
70
50th
Predictable, but still vaguely interesting. Time travel movies often have an "aww, really?" moment, but this one just left me curious.
Rated 17 Feb 2015
45
34th
After quite a slow start this becomes more interesting, but it seems as though the whole narrative eventually evaporates into paradoxes that the filmmakers have little interest in resolving. The best of this style of time-travel movies is for this viewer still the under-appreciated TRIANGLE (2009) (as with this one, shot in Australia while pretending not to be). Filmmakers working in Melbourne seem to never tire of using the same locations as wedding photographers. Somewhat orange and teal.
Rated 14 Sep 2015
65
36th
Looper without the smugness. Ending does kinda get spoiled early on if you're paying attention but it's still a great ride. Luv u Ethan
Rated 26 Nov 2014
59
18th
a snake eating its own tail... a great concept totally ruined by sloppy storytelling, bad editing and very predictable twists...
Rated 24 Nov 2014
73
88th
Leaves you wanting more! Predestination is not an action flick (despite the IMDb description) but it doesn't disappoint, especially if you're in the mood for something that makes you think. Slightly distracting though, is how Sarah Snook looks like Emma Stone and Leo DiCaprio, but that's why we love time travel.
Rated 22 Sep 2015
3
36th
easy to imagine better versions of this movie, but the concept is strong 'n weighty, and wow these expressive faces and performances. everyone even vaguely into this ought to watch THE SKIN I LIVE IN immediately.
Rated 20 Mar 2015
76
57th
Weird, but pretty good. It sort of disintegrates by the end into absurdity, but the meat of the movie is fun and well-paced. Sarah Snook does an excellent job, and Hawke is just his usual bizarre self, acting decently.
Rated 15 Jun 2015
3
31st
Predestination exemplifies how time is relative by making damn sure to plodge and drag along despite its short runtime. Given an almost complete lack of style, somehow managing to make every time period it depicts look sterile, the one thing going for it would be the plot; but by solely relying on reusing the same twist it makes the whole experience feel unwarranted and gimmicky. Good sci-fi happens when the story questions our own humanity and what we take for granted, not when it's a prank.
Rated 23 Feb 2015
70
74th
Ok guys! It's a little bit confusing but this is very different time traveller movie. And we learned alternative use to time machine's.
Rated 04 Dec 2014
60
65th
Sarah Snook singlehandedly carries a meh movie into quite watchable territory.
Rated 01 Mar 2015
72
81st
Cleverly written and well shot sci-fi from the Spierig brothers. Personally I think the first half of the back-story is a little prolonged but as soon as Barkeeper John reveal that he "know where he is" I was very intrigued. The second half of endless psychotic loops is superb, both Hawke and Snook give captivating performances.
Rated 25 Nov 2014
50
58th
Was surprised that they still needed to make that montage at the end because the twist was pretty obvious from, like, the second quarter of the movie? Enjoyable nevertheless.
Rated 11 Feb 2015
60
40th
This wasn't half bad as long as you don't take it too seriously. Funny I just watched the video talking about the paradox a few days before and then bam, watched the movie.
Rated 19 Feb 2015
87
66th
QUASI-SPOILER The twists did indeed each become apparent shortly before they were "revealed" in the movie, but this seemed intentional. There was one scene that seemed wholly incongruent with the story, and it bugged me through the end. If not for this scene (in which Hawke appears to be watching John meet Jane but is really waiting to get baby), score would be higher. Such a creative, looping story.
Rated 20 Apr 2015
70
72nd
I enjoyed this movie, I thought it was a fun premise in time travel and the story telling was engaging, sure you can see the twists coming once you get the hang of it, but nevertheless I think it was entertaining. Just a little bit too self centered.
Rated 13 Jun 2015
85
86th
One of those films that is likely to get overlooked which is a shame. Memorable performances and well written story.
Rated 26 Jun 2015
75
71st
Get the biggest condom you can find 'cause your mind is going to get fucked. Beautifully shot and great acting. The storyline is rather slim and could've been told in a shorter movie, though. Still, mind: blown.
Rated 13 Feb 2015
88
95th
This movie is great
Rated 02 Mar 2015
74
73rd
This was weird
Rated 08 Mar 2015
65
73rd
Good film.
Rated 02 Nov 2015
75
78th
I knew nothing going into this, which is the way to go. The plot is kind of silly, but it stayed with med for a while, which is always a positive.
Rated 26 Mar 2015
70
53rd
predestination is totally Cloud Atlas'd, the makeup is just distracting. It also seems slightly too long despite being only ~90 mins. Having said that, the temporal conundrum at the core is clever, I just think someone should just give the Spierigs a SciFi TV series as it'd be be perfectly in their wheelhouse.
Rated 10 May 2015
45
7th
I'm usually a good sport for science fiction, and the science fiction part is pretty cool, but when writing or filming that kind of story, you have to at least try to make the social interaction more or less believable. And, well, maybe i'm not twisted enough to appreciate Heinlein stories, but it kind of ruined the film for me.
Rated 07 Dec 2014
71
84th
EL MARIACHI 4: EL MARIACHI TRAPPED IN TIIIME!
Rated 30 Dec 2017
35
20th
I get it, and it's stupid. From the opening scene the plot is clear, how can a time travel movie be so predictable? I guess the director would say it has to be. Probably so, but it didn't have to be boring and uninspired. It could've been interesting.
Rated 20 Dec 2015
68
52nd
So i was really liking it but then it ended on a "big reveal" except that i thought the reveal had already happened 20 minutes earlier and was looking forward to more interesting developments. I was really confused why i was being shown the twist again then angry that the story wasn't going anywhere else.However barring that flub its got good acting, the concept is interesting, and it does use time travel in an interesting fresh way.
Rated 06 Jan 2015
60
72nd
Grandfather Paradox: The Motion Picture
Rated 05 Dec 2014
85
66th
Whole movie is one big time paradox.
Rated 24 Nov 2014
79
77th
After a quick brainstorm; I have to say the plot is really gross, not in a cool way
Rated 24 May 2015
60
47th
What...? I don't even...? Huuuh??
Rated 26 Dec 2014
88
65th
Really good work in terms of directing and acting, and really loves the way this whole story becomes a mind-bending-maze and keeps you in a lasting suspense, ever growing, ever more intriguing.
Rated 07 Aug 2015
70
35th
Even though the twists get predictable half-way (well, quarter) through the movie, it keeps to be enjoyable to the end.
Rated 02 Jan 2016
60
15th
The movie is actually good but the end is just impossible to happen. That could not have happened. Literally.
Rated 06 Jan 2015
40
23rd
Snooze-fest. Here's what happens when you stretch a short-story into a feature length film. It doesn't help that I can't stand Ethan Hawke and that Sarah Snook is super-pretty yet is cast as plain jane and pretending that someone is a man when it's clearly a woman. Couldn't make it to the end
Rated 16 Jan 2015
78
58th
It doesn't have very much charm, and the coyness with which it doles out the plot points turns it into more of an exercise in patience than a true story, but I'll give it plenty of points for truly taking the time-travel sub genre its logical extreme.
Rated 10 Dec 2014
94
86th
1303: even better than looper! it worth to see 2 time!
Rated 14 Feb 2015
70
41st
A fun, popcorn movie that combines elements of time travel with a story about the (at times, dramatic) effect that time has on identity. I'm not sure the central conceit actually works on a logical level, but the film is certainly enjoyable despite this. Snook is good as advertised, while the directors keep the story twisting and turning.
Rated 30 Dec 2014
70
25th
This is a dutifully faithful two-hour adaptation of Heinlein's beautiful short story, "All You Zombies", which works better in eight pages than it does in two hours. The filmmakers use the extra time mostly to painstakingly explain and foreshadow every tedious detail of an otherwise satisfying paradoxical tale.
Rated 24 Nov 2014
60
35th
The first half is pretty dull, the second half is silly. I liked it better once it was finished, and I was reflecting on it as a whole.
Rated 08 Apr 2015
64
63rd
Ethan Hawk is very good and the first half is fascinating enough to compensate for the shortcomings of the rest.
Rated 17 Nov 2016
85
42nd
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Rated 17 Jul 2023
35
27th
don't remember it
Rated 09 Dec 2022
63
24th
An intriguing (and ultimately audaciously, existentially repulsive) premise botched on delivery – despite some flashy, hyperkinetic stylistic choices, the Spierigs can’t overcome the problem of their screenplay being a fairly tedious exposition drop for the first half, leaving little time to meaningfully explore their premise in the second half. Kept watchable by a fine performance by Hawke, and an extraordinary one by Snook, who perfectly inhabits her mysterious and enigmatic character.
Rated 07 Mar 2022
79
73rd
Filmi izlemeye bir twist olacağını bilerek başlıyorsunuz ama beklediğinizden fazla sayıda twist oluyor. Bu tarz karışık filmleri anlamak bir tık zor olabiliyor ama bu film çok rahat çözülüyor, kafa zorlamıyor.
Rated 18 Jul 2020
56
16th
As ever I'll watch whatever Hawke throws himself into, and it's enjoyable just watching him and Snook do good work. Unfortunately pic thinks it's a lot smarter and complicated than it is - if you've seen a few time travel films, it's all immediately predictable. A mixed blessing: if you're not waiting for the shoe to drop, the expositional drama is fine, but the film still tries to build around its non-twist. Short of exploring its sci-fi backdrop, it remains a quirky but watchable period piece.
Rated 27 May 2022
44
38th
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3xGvVP1WLc
Rated 26 Jun 2021
90
74th
Good in a classic B-movie way. The kind of thing an old slightly-sleazy pulpy sci-fi writer might write.
Rated 26 Feb 2017
77
51st
Illogical (intentionally so, I'd say) and seems to believe its revelations to be more clever than they are, but it's a fun ride with good characters and strong enough performances to carry the film and not make you worry about its issues until its over.
Rated 28 Jul 2021
100
97th
The absolute best movie about time travel that I have seen to date and I do like time travel a lot.
Rated 08 May 2016
55
46th
Just about ok. But twisted over the top. It wants to make a point about time travel, and for that it's worth watching.
Rated 05 Jun 2019
80
83rd
An okayish-written self-contained story that makes you think
Rated 26 May 2019
83
64th
It's good that Ethan Hawke stars in this because even fewer people would've seen this movie without him, but Sarah Snook really does outpace him in many scenes.
Rated 21 May 2015
24
3rd
Seriously??! That did not make any sense! What a horrible movie that doesn't lead to anything! 24/100.
Rated 22 Nov 2018
70
41st
Not the most amazing thing in the world, but I had a good time. Has a pretty intriguing setup (I was certainly not expecting it to start with a long rambly dialogue scene in a bar) but, like a lot of things, gets a little too implausible and predictable in the second half. Thankfully, also like a lot of things, it's elevated by the presence of Hawke.

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