“As you say the movie’s about one thing, you isolate it, and then you’re going to miss something else,” Ethan Hawke told Indiewire after the premiere of “Predestination” at South By Southwest earlier this year. By the book a science fiction thriller, “Predestination” blends styles just as liberally as its protagonists shift time.
“Predestination” is written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig (the Spierig Brothers), who also made the Hawke starring “Daybreakers” in 2009. It pits Hawke as a temporal agent, a crime fighter of a unique sort — traveling back and forth through time to prevent crimes from happening. Undercover as a bartender, he strikes up an unlikely relationship with a customer, all the while trying to prevent a terror attack by a suspect known only as the Fizzle Bomber. With a firmly sci-fi plot, a traditional noir look and some very modern social themes, “Predestination” certainly is ambition in all that it aims to do within its runtime.
Also starring newcomer Sarah Snook, and Noah Taylor, this Spierig Brothers film is set to be shown next at the Fantasia Film Festival, and does not yet have a theatrical release date.