Predestination (2014) – Reshape the Past

Predestination, according to Christian theology, is the divine foreordaining of all that will happen. With regard to the salvation of some and not, particularly associated with the teachings of St. Augustine of Hipp and Calvin. In conclusion, it’s a term of person that has no control of events, how many times he changes it’ll not be able. All that has structured by God and fate. That is probably some strange and logic aspect for me. Especially, with this Spierig brother’s “Predestination” based on “All You Zombies” by Robert A. Heinlein in 1960. Just in case, this movie is a time travel but it’s hard to explain why such a matter. You keep watching and watching again and then you realize is a fantastic entertaining movie.

More than just a plot twist and different from other time travel films, this film is set in the past. Since the 80s, there has been a special agency that travels time to prevent a catastrophe event. It’s a butterfly effect or which. However, there is strict regulation. They may not change any action or choice so as not to have an impact in the future. Each agent must focus on its mission and may not change anything at all.

Ethan Hawke as the main protagonist is one of these special agents. The protagonist, at first, traveled across time to prevent the events of the bombing carried out by the Fizzle bomber. The bombing prevented but the main character must paid for it. His face damaged by an explosion, the Fizzle bomber ran away and had to carry out an operation. In 1992, he traveled time to repair his face. With a new face, he reassigned, on his last mission, to prevent the biggest bombing event from the past. Of course, his main enemy is the Fizzle bomber.

In 1975, he disguised himself as a bartender. At the bar, he met a transgender man. Sarah Snook as the Unmarried Mother is a man who tells the bartender about his past. Initially, he was a normal girl named Jean. “She,” tells how he was abandoned in an orphanage, met a mysterious man, her job, and her future. Forced, she became an intersex.

“Predestination” is a kind of movie you want to watch again and again. Probably, you still keep reading a lot of analysis, explained endings, or paradoxes. This film is filled with all kinds of paradoxes because it doesn’t mean just selling such a plot twist. Rather, this film is more complex than fate, the search for identity, the timeline, interconnected between characters, the intermediary of the future and the past. However, the film has a very strong drama including Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook as the best performance duo. The most dominant of all is of course Sarah Snook.

There are lots of complex time travel movies like “Primer” and “Looper”. In addition, there is “Back to the Future” and its other sequel or franchise. But, the writers prepared various kinds of results that were more entertaining than seeming annoying or ambiguous. Indeed, for some people, the film was ambiguous. But, you just keep watching it again and again. It also impresses with its style including costume design, production, and cinematography. Then, it affects the story more than using special effects. That’s what makes me like this film because it has its own style. It doesn’t expect anything from any special effects.

The drama between characters are so great and Sarah Snook is the MVP in this movie. Ethan Hawke is a good actor, especially in this film. He doesn’t look bad and there is no lack of performance. But, Snook’s appearance was more brilliant. Being able to play into two characters with different gender, Snook managed to bring both of her characters that are so great. She changes her out-of-character gradually. From the gloomy man with his tragic past to a sympathetic character with a brilliant performance.

“Predestination” is a complicated time travel film. So many paradoxes that arise between the past and the future. This film emphasizes us how much effort we have in changing the past, it returns from God again. Just like the title, predestination, where everything returned from fate and God. This is a great paradox with quite a philosophical mix. Interesting and so tempting. Pretty confusing and my kind of mind-bending food. It’s about time after time. There is a destiny we can’t change.

4 out of 5 stars.

Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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