By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist July 21, 2014 at 2:18PM
Five years ago, Ethan Hawke starred in the mostly pretty terrible "Daybreakers," written and directed by the Spierig brothers. He must've liked working with them because he's reteamed with the filmmakers for "Predestination," and after premiering at SXSW this spring, the film is headed to the Fantasia Film Festival, and a new trailer has arrived. And while this would be the part where I would attempt to summarize the plot, the loopy narrative is perhaps best left to the official synopsis:
In mid-’70s New York, a man in a fedora slips into an office building’s boiler room, carrying a mysterious briefcase. He uncovers a bomb, and is attacked while struggling to deactivate it. He succeeds — almost. Horribly disfigured, he’s transported to his agency’s headquarters where he receives a new face. He’s a temporal agent, traveling back and forth through time, altering history, and his assignment — thwart the mass murder perpetrated by the so-called “Fizzle Bomber” — continues. New face, new place. Now he’s undercover as a bartender. He falls into conversation with a tough yet androgynous customer. There’s something off about the guy, who offers to enlighten the agent with “the best story you ever heard”…
It's adventurous stuff, though our review in Austin didn't dig it too much, calling it a good-looking movie that doesn't quite come together, saying "it's the work of a bunch of filmmakers who seemingly wanted to offer up a WTF-worthy twist ending and tried to reverse engineer a movie from it."