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posted by LaminatorX on Friday January 09 2015, @12:47PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
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?"

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 09 2015, @12:51PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 09 2015, @12:51PM (#133170)

    Why is this movie ad here?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 09 2015, @01:07PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 09 2015, @01:07PM (#133173)

      Even the author link goes to an advertisement instead of the SN user page.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 09 2015, @01:11PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 09 2015, @01:11PM (#133175)

        This web site is not affiliated in any way with Tucows. This web site is operated by a private investor who who owns stock in Tucows and is interested in following the company. Nothing in this report is to be taken as a recommendation to buy or to sell stock in Tucows.

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by Arik on Friday January 09 2015, @04:07PM

      by Arik (4543) on Friday January 09 2015, @04:07PM (#133219) Journal
      Because of the Heinlein connection, presumably.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 09 2015, @04:21PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 09 2015, @04:21PM (#133224)

        Don't you get it? Geek-interest entertainment is off-topic, dammit!!!! We can only have stories that I like!

        • (Score: 2) by pnkwarhall on Friday January 09 2015, @11:46PM

          by pnkwarhall (4558) on Friday January 09 2015, @11:46PM (#133327)

          It even mentions a Philip K Dick story! What more could you want?

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 10 2015, @04:31AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 10 2015, @04:31AM (#133365)

          I wasn't saying it couldn't be here, I was asking if there was more to it than an ad and apparently there is.

    • (Score: 2) by Yog-Yogguth on Saturday January 10 2015, @06:29PM

      by Yog-Yogguth (1862) Subscriber Badge on Saturday January 10 2015, @06:29PM (#133482) Journal

      To warn everyone that yet again there will be zombies staggering about claiming Heinlein was a fascist :|

      Remember to go for their heads :P

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 09 2015, @01:16PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 09 2015, @01:16PM (#133179)

    I saw it weeks ago.
    Great film though, screws with your head a bit.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 09 2015, @01:18PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 09 2015, @01:18PM (#133182)

    This movie got a european release months ago and has been available on bluray since Novemeber.

    I read the short story 30+ years ago and didn't recognize the movie as a remake of the story probably because I barely remembered reading it. My short summary is that if you are young and haven't seen many movies, this movie will blow you away. As someone who has seen thousands of movies, I thought every twist was telegraphed in the first 10 minutes because the director made cliched story choices that serve no other purpose than to set up twists. However some of the specific sequences were quite well written and pretty well acted so even if the entire story is no big deal, it is still a pleasant experience.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 09 2015, @05:57PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 09 2015, @05:57PM (#133252)

      On watching it the other day, I too was unimpressed, for much the same reasons. Agree it was not a terrible movie, but the plot/twist obvious from early on. Left me feeling it only warrants one of those quite interesting twilight zone episodes, rather than a whole movie. Never read the original, might have to now.

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by RobotMonster on Friday January 09 2015, @09:09PM

      by RobotMonster (130) on Friday January 09 2015, @09:09PM (#133288) Journal

      I quite enjoyed it. The story was cute and thought provoking; the time travel stuff was consistent within the rules of the story, and the visuals were nicely stylistic. I especially loved the UI for the Time Machine.
      No, seeing this movie won't open your third eye, but I think it is well worth a watch.

      If you like this sort of thing I also recommend Coherence (2013). [imdb.com]

  • (Score: 2) by forsythe on Friday January 09 2015, @02:51PM

    by forsythe (831) on Friday January 09 2015, @02:51PM (#133197)

    Speilberg's [Minority Report]

    I wish they'd stop doing this when the commentary is about the story itself, not the adaptation.

    • (Score: 2) by forsythe on Friday January 09 2015, @07:41PM

      by forsythe (831) on Friday January 09 2015, @07:41PM (#133268)

      (Also, the guy's name is misspelled in the summary. I thought it looked off when I copy-pasted it.)

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 09 2015, @09:20PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 09 2015, @09:20PM (#133293)

    Can't sell tickets unless everything made after 9/11 is about 9/11?

    Spierig Brothers, fuck you, you terrorism loving scum.

  • (Score: 5, Funny) by nitehawk214 on Friday January 09 2015, @09:41PM

    by nitehawk214 (1304) on Friday January 09 2015, @09:41PM (#133305)

    ... are belong to us.

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    • (Score: 2) by Ryuugami on Saturday January 10 2015, @09:12PM

      by Ryuugami (2925) on Saturday January 10 2015, @09:12PM (#133530)

      Since the parent is rated +5, Funny, I'm forced to assume that the day has finally arrived. [xkcd.com]

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