from the all-tomorrow's-zombies dept.
Sara Stewart reports at the NY Post that the new sci-fi movie "Predestination," opening January 9, is "loopier than Speilberg's [Minority Report]; its plot twists and turns “like a snake eating its tail,” one character remarks, until you’re not sure whether its developments are even plausible in a fictional universe."
Based on Robert A. Heinlein's science fiction classic "All You Zombies," and first published in 1959 - the story involves a number of paradoxes caused by time travel further developing themes explored by Heinlein in a previous work, "By His Bootstraps", published some 18 years earlier. The plot concerns the intersection of Ethan Hawke’s time-traveling assassin and an androgynous young writer who becomes a key player in the quest by Hawke (he’s only billed as The Barkeep) to catch a New York-based serial bomber.
The story is the movie's long set-up, a tale of a bullied childhood told by one who was bullied, a romantic rendezvous that may or may not happen, a single mother exploited by science and the debris, scattered through time, of every wound, ordeal and heartbreak that a single life has to endure writes Roger Moore. "Will "The Bartender" find his prey and prevent a tragedy? Will he be able to pull the trigger, one last time? Will "The Unmarried Mother" improve her lot or change her destiny?"