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Predestination (2014/Sony Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B+ Film: B+

Some things are inevitable.

Predestination is a solid time traveling film that is one step ahead of the usual genre action movie fare. Ethan Hawke stars along with rising star Sarah Snook (of the recent horror film Jessabelle which is reviewed elsewhere on this site) and Noah Taylor (Vanilla Sky) and is written and directed by Australian filmmakers Michael and Peter Spierig who did the highly underrated vampire action film Daybreakers in 2010 (which also starred Ethan Hawke), as well as the intense 2003 Zombie film Undead (which I also recommend.)

Based on a 1959 Robert A. Heinlein Sci-fi short story entitled All you Zombies, Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke) 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 known as the Fizzle Bomber and prevent a devastating attack in which thousands of lives will be lost. While posing undercover as a bartender, Hawke meets an unusual (and slightly man-like) woman named Jane (played by Sarah Snook) who tells him of her grisly past that is somehow linked to his career changing assignment.

This film is full of so many twists and turns that I didn't see coming that I would highly recommend it even to viewers that aren't as into genre fair. I haven't had a movie get me thinking like this since I saw Vanilla Sky for the first time, which is one of my favorites. The second act of the film plays off as an intense drama while the stunning opening sequence channels pulp sci-fi noir. The production value (especially the SFX makeup) is top notch as is the acting in what really is a career- changing role for Sarah Snook.

Sony does it again with an exceptional Blu-ray presentation of the film in 1080p high definition with a 2.40:1 widescreen aspect ratio that is crisp and clear throughout and the sound mix doesn't disappoint with a lossless DTS-HD 5.1 (MA) Master Audio track in English, Spanish, and French.

Amongst the supplements is a fascinating feature-length behind the scenes documentary on the film entitled All You Zombies: Bringing Predestination to Life. There's also Bloopers and a five minute splash piece entitled A Moment in Time.

If you like Inception, Looper, and In Time then this is definitely a Sci-fi Genre film that you shouldn't miss. I'm surprised that there wasn't more buzz about this when it first came out. Highly recommended.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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