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Predestination 2014

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Spoilers2014-12-26T07:39:08Z— updated 2017-01-01T21:39:52Z

Edit: guess I didn't like the which came first, the chicken or egg story.

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An intriguing film based on a short story, it is rare to find a time travel film that brings something different to the genre. It is therefore difficult to review without giving some of the plot details away and this is a film best seen knowing as little as possible about it. The first half of the film has little to do with time travel on the surface as someone recounts their life story to a barkeep. Essentially an extended flashback, this on its own is beautifully played by Snook and it is almost a shame the film's introductory scenes clue the audience in to potential surprises as the flashback works by itself as an emotional and fascinating character study. But the revelations when they come are still worthwhile for their resonance to the overall story, though anyone paying attention may well work out certain beats to the plot. In addition, while there are certainly paradoxes galore, the film embraces them and makes them central to the story it is trying to tell. Well worth a look.

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Absolutamente todo está puesto para funcionar como película, y lo hace. Es un poco una buena historia pero sobre todo es una buena idea y está muy bien llevada a cabo. Sin importar que sea una paradoja (que en la mayoría de los casos eso me arruina toda la experiencia), aquí por lo menos lo admitieron, trataron de justificarlo y siguieron con el show. No hay que ser muy objetivo con este tipo de películas. Entretiene y así sea convenientemente te pone pensar, así que genial.

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A really intelligent time travel movie with a crazy script. The movies goes to weird extends where you get to make love to yourself, give birth to yourself and even kill yourself. My mind got fucked at the end of the movie, but there were moments you could expect whats happening. Overall a wonderful piece of work and an excellent mind bending movie! 8/10

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i always forgive when time travel doesn't make sense, for obvious reasons. but was a bit bummed that basic biology was ignored too. still, fascinating, dynamic and mind-blowing. an enjoyable ride.

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Brilliant movie that handles time travel like a pro. Everything, the acting, the framing device, is perfectly crafted and closes every lose end with a strange and bizarre bow. Some plot twists are a little predictable but they are still immensely satisfying.

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really liked it, but I wish it would have been less predictable, didnt achive the fight club level in that regard. Still a good recommendation.

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The lingering question is how may people would he have saved if he hadn't have shot him and let the bomb go off that killed 11,000? And him then knowing all those years that he wasn't going to save them due to his own inability to trust himself in that moment when he had all along up until now.

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One of the great time travel movie. At first it seems like the story is going nowhere and believe me every little thing matters. If you love time travel then I'm sure you are gonna love this movie.

It's a circle that never get solved and still creates questions to be asked.

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This is a masterpiece: The loop of a lifetime only possible because of a destiny written in time.

It's a must see movie. It embodies so many questions that when they will be answered you will be dizzy, but it's all worth it. It's so damn close to perfection you can almost feel it. I loved it so much.

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I didn't understand exactly what was going on but i have to say i am impressed.I liked a lot of things about this movie and i reccomend it to everyone..

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what a mindfuck movie, focus in each details

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I definitely loved the unique direction it took, and it was extremely unexpected, but there were still a couple of plot points that really bothered me. Go watch it, it's very interesting to say the least.

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This messes up time for you.

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When you break down the plot and understand: she fucked herself and had a child lolol

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My brain hurts a little. Time travel is crazy. Still pretty entertaining movie overall.

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Jesus Christ, did this blow my mind... Wonderfully directed adaptation of Heinlein's original story, loved it!

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@swnndn Time travel is paradoxical, but there are solutions which allow for this. The simplest one is that every time you time travel you enter an alternative timeline which is entirely unrelated to the one you came from. You can then set up a scenario where it seems like Jane / John are their own parents, but they are actually different versions of Jane / John from different timelines that give birth to a new version of Jane / John.

This movie does give the impression that it's in a consistent time loop, but I don't remember it explicitly stating that there are only one timeline. Minute Physics on YouTube has a video that explains a theoretical solution for this as well, but its a bit more complicated to wrap your head around.

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@swnndn it's explained well here btw: http://www.astronomytrek.com/predestination-2014-explained/

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@swnndn the word "paradox" was mentioned in the movie in relation to this

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1h of transgender issues in the 70s and yes... was bored. May be good at the end, I don't know.

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Good movie. Really keeps you guessing. At first I thought it would be "another one of those 13 in a dozen" time traveling movies, btu this one was quite different from the average one, it really stands out from the bunch.

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Well, this is a pretty entertaining and refreshing scifi movie. If you manage to overlook just one but HUGE hall in the logic of the script, you may enjoy it more.

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Absolutely amazing...the best mindfuck ever!!

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If I'd known it was based on a short story by Heinlein I would have watched it sooner.

The story starts confusing; part may have been I did not get this story was written by Heinlein in 1958 so you'd have to step in his mindset of what he thought the future would look like. But halfway the parts were starting to fit together. I wasn't as much surprised as some of the other reviewers but was more impressed by the way it all "fits together".

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After watching the movie I started questioning who am I. Complete mindfuck.

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An absolutely stunning movie! one of the few movies which holds the tension!

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Mind bowing wild ride! More than once I asked myself "wtf is going on?"

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Total mind-bender! Excellent performance by Ethan Hawke & Sarah Snook.

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Predestination Paradox

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Wow this movie BLEW MY MIND! Excellent pacing, excellent editing and EXCELLENT ACTING! I couldn't find one flaw with this movie, except that it made my brain fart.

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Pretty good, the hole idea is good and it's not just a movie about time traveling, maybe is a little bit crazy and morbid and I was like wtf?! at the end when all the pieces started to fit... I read it's based on a short novel so I guess I'll have to read it 'cause this was really crazy, and I'll have to see this movie again too.

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This is when you pick one of the many many awesome novels in the sci-fi literature! If only they could do this more often! This was a short novel by Robert A. Heinlein, written in the 50s and they did an amazing work for the big screen!

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This has to be the most paradox Timetravel movie I've ever seen.
It's not that shocking because it is, after all, a movie about timetraveling...

But the whole Idea behind it is totally perverted! I mean, come on:
The main character is a hermaphrodite. He starts as a woman and later on in life he becomes a man.
He goes back in time, fucks his female self and impregnates himself with himself.
Yes, you read that right: He is the baby he has with himself.

MIND = BLOWN

What the hell was the director smoking?

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WOW

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Pretty good mindfuck! Have to watch it a second time at least to understand it.

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Pretty good mindfuck! Have to watch it a second time at least to understand it.

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Pretty good mindfuck! Have to watch it a second time at least to understand it.

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A really great movie. Time Travel stuff is at its best when it tells personal stories like this one. It is also best when everything spins out of control and the timeline is just a mess afterwards.

This movie makes me proud of Australian cinema.

Minor Spoilers:
The ending is a bit of a dud moment. I don't think the reveal was as dramatic as they intended. I would have liked to see the moment Ethan Hawke turned into Old Ethan Hawke and the movie seemed to be setting that up, but just never showed it.

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Starts very slow, and when it starts and you thing that now we getting somewhere it ends,oh well it was ok just was hoping something more, would be much better with real ending at least.

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Terrific!

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A paradox to end all paradoxes.

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Time travel sure is freaking complicated!

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This movie starts weird...at the beginning you're not really sure if you put on the right thing, since it looks like just like a weird drama. However, later on, all the small and insignificant details starts to fit all together and when the movie finally spins in the time travel area you get powerfully caught up in the story and you're going to be afraid to know how's going to end.
If you liked Primer, you will love this movie.

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i dont know how to feel about this movie. Time traveling captured my curiosity to see the movie while beating time is something peculiar. actually the scenes that they were travelling back and front in time had amazing features. Ethan Hawke,Sarah Snook and Noah Taylor had an excellent perfomance and fit to his role. Classic environments and scenes from the past were accurate too.. i love movies that intence me to think and belive me this movie actually shake my mind..

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This is WAY deeper than Adele.

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