Did you hear the one about somebody making a film out of Robert A. Heinlein's All You Zombies--?
I kind of had, and dismissed it: I remember Starship Troopers. Besides, the short story is a stunt, a joke, not the kind of thing filmmakers could do without getting creepy -- or creepily over-sincere.
I was wrong. Way wrong. Predestination is an excellent movie. It's not a thriller like a Bond film or the excellent Kingsman;* it's not exactly a time-travel Jenga like the clever, quiet I'll Follow You Down.* What it is, at the core, is the Heinlein tale, the main narrative quite unapologetically as originally told (barring a little rearrangement in one linear stretch of Jane's timeline), including the setting. This is then wrapped in even more time-travel complexity that in no wise detracts from the film.
In terms of pace, soundtrack and photography, it reminds me of Gattaca. If H. L. Gold's Galaxy magazine had spawned a film division, these are the kinds of movies they'd make.
See this film. It's an hour and thirty-eight minutes you won't regret.
Side note: I picked up an Amazon Fire HDMI dongle for my bedroom TV. Works great! There are several similar devices on the market -- Roku was the first and still probably the most common; I have one on the living room TV. For my viewing habits, they are much better than cable. With a decent antenna for the local stations, I have more TV than ever and I'm not paying for goofball channels I never watch, nor am I trapped by a schedule. YMMV, especially if you follow sports.
* I recommend both of these. Kingsman is pure, uncut Fleming-grade fun, with just a little directorial over-indulgence in one sequence; check your bran at the door and fasten your seat belt! Conversely, I'll Follow You Down is understated puzzle-SF devoid of glitz and glitter and if you'll grant it one McGuffin, it will repay you handsomely.
4 weeks ago