Predestination's pace is too slack, and the brothers are so painfully tentative as storytellers that the easily guessed big twist gets three separate reveals.
A messy but affecting parable about fate, gender, and identity. And time, which combines the three.
A brisk, twisty, and atmospheric science-fiction thriller that piques the imagination and the senses with the low-rent exuberance of fifties drive-in classics.
A stylish sci-fi adventure anchored by strong performances from Ethan Hawke and Australian newcomer Sarah Snook.
As soon as the credits rolled on "Predestination," I wanted to watch it again. It was even more of a mind-dance the second time around.
This is a deeply solipsistic movie, but how deep is something you'll need to find out for yourself.
You won't be able to take your eyes off Sarah Snook, an Aussie actress who makes whatever sex she's playing almost irrelevant. You watch her. You hear her. You believe.
At the heart of "Predestination" ... are the two central performances by Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook that bring genuine emotional weight to a storyline that could have easily plunged into utter nonsense.
Predestination is a hair-raising, emotionally resonant thriller that fleshes out Heinlein's minimalist conceptual piece with strong characterization and an absorbing story line about domestic terrorism and murder.