In Predestination — a sci-fi mystery based on Robert Heinlein’s short story "All You Zombies—” — Ethan Hawke plays a time-traveling investigator chasing The Fizzle Bomber, a terrorist who killed thousands of New Yorkers during a devastating 1975 attack. Hawke seems doomed to fail until he meets a pessimistic patron in a New York tavern whose past may hold a clue to the Bomber’s true identity.
The film’s tightly constructed plot and amazing narrative twists make it hard to elaborate without spoilers. In fact, if you want to walk into the film completely blind, you should just stop reading now. But if you’re interested in learning just a little more as well as why we’ve included this film in our South By Southwest coverage, read on.
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Predestination is perhaps the most stunning queer science-fiction film of our time. Not only is it beautifully shot in a futuristic noir style, but it also finds its emotional core in the nuanced yet confident performance of the immensely talented Sarah Snook.
Snook plays Jane, a capable woman who has never felt quite like other girls. Though her ambition gets constantly thwarted by sexism and poverty, by the film’s end she emerges as a surprising and morally ambivalent hero — the first of her kind, actually — whose journey illustrates the contradictions of fate and free will.
You may have noticed that Predestination was not on our initial round-up of LGBT-themed SXSW films, which is what makes its inclusion such a delightful surprise. The film raises startling questions about how failure shapes the human experience and presents a compassionate and intriguing story that should earn its deserved place in the queer sci-fi pantheon.
You can see an image of the film's poster below. The film will be released this year.
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