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Predestination

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Australia, USA

2014

Rated R • 1h 37m

Director Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig

Starring Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor, Christopher Kirby

Genre Science Fiction, Thriller

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Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to prevent future killers from committing their crimes. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must stop the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time and prevent a devastating attack in which thousands of lives will be lost.

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75

The A.V. Club by A.A. Dowd

Predestination, a superficially cerebral new thriller, plays almost exclusively to the diagram-drawing crowd.
63

Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

The film effectively underlines the one undertaking that time-travel fantasies can never truly allow: escape from ourselves.
25

The Playlist by Drew Taylor

There are so many interesting ideas and concepts that could have been spun from this framework. Instead, it's the work of a bunch of filmmakers who seemingly wanted to offer up a WTF-worthy twist ending and tried to reverse engineer a movie from it.
60

The Guardian by Henry Barnes

Even if Predestination is distinctive chiefly for Snook’s excellent performance, it’s still a tricksy story well-handled by its directors. It doesn’t offer any new twists on the genre, but it is clever enough to leave you satisfied that you don’t want the time back.
70

Variety by Justin Chang

Predestination succeeds in teasing the brain and touching the heart even when its twists and turns keep multiplying well past the point of narrative sustainability.
63

Movie Nation by Roger Moore

It takes talent, in front of and behind the camera, to create something engrossing and new in the timeworn time-travel odyssey. Whatever its shortcomings, Predestination is never at a loss for surprises.
75

New York Post by Sara Stewart

Weirder and more contemplative than many of its time-traveling brethren, Predestination is a stylish head trip. It also marks Australian actor Snook as one to watch, as she demonstrates some serious gender-bending range.
60

The Dissolve by Scott Tobias

There’s a clarity to Snook’s emotional journey that’s absent from the rest of the film—a fact that’s partly deliberate, since Heinlein and the Spierigs mean to dive into the soup. But amid the murky genre experimentation, it’s a beacon of truth.

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