It’s been 5 years since the Spierig Brothers – Michael and Peter – break-out feature Daybreakers was unleashed on the world. An alternative take on the vampire genre, it was a steady affair that rose above the mundane – a welcome addition to the pantheon of the vampire collective. A middling 6.5 rating from just over 96,000 users on IMDb doesn’t really do it much justice. An original story, supported by a strong cast including Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe, made for an entertaining affair and one worth checking out. And now we are presented with Predestination.
There’s no doubting that when science fiction is “done” well it can be utterly absorbing. This particular genre is only limited by the imagination of the creators. There’s certainly originality within the Sierig’s offering; a level of intelligence to the writing that attracts the viewer and grasps onto them for the entire 97 minute running time. I was thoroughly transfixed by the journey of the two principles, positing theories to myself throughout the film, but not to the detriment of the experience. You’ve certainly got the “watch” Predestination – checking your brain in at the door will not suffice.
As usual, Ethan Hawke is a joy to watch. Making his Spierig debut with Daybreakers, he clearly likes working with them and that’s all the better for us. The added bonus is Sarah Snook. While this isn’t her first feature, I’ve not seen her before, but she certainly is a talent. She has an enigmatic quality, both in looks and performance, that holds the viewer; I hope this turns out to be a breakthrough role for her.
While this is a fairly short review, please don’t be put off by the lack of words. This is an original, fascinating and well put together piece of cinema and delving into the minutiae will only spoil the experience. Predestination is a film not to be missed.
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