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Predestination Review

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A time-travelling enforcement agent from 1992 goes back to 1978 to change the life of a trans-gender man he meets in a bar and hopefully prevent a bombing in 1975, and then the story really gets complicated.

★★★★

An adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s influential 1959 time paradox story “All You Zombies—”, this maps the then-future of Heinlein’s story onto what’s now the past, yielding scrambled, distinctive versions of the 1960s,’70s and ’80s.

In a ‘guy walks into a bar’ shaggy-dog set-up, a time-patrolling secret agent (Ethan Hawke) poses as a bartender in 1970 to get a transgender ex-astronaut (Sarah Snook, in an astonishing breakout performance) to tell his/her extremely unusual life history. It’s a funny, affecting, twisted tale, which demands you pay close attention to every throwaway detail.

A funny, affecting, twisted tale, which demands you pay close attention to every throwaway detail

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