Predestination
(2014)

NOTE from Linsey...  This one is a bit confusing because you don't find out who is who until the end, so I just referred to Ethan Hawke's characters as T.A. and the Fizzle Bomber and Sarah Snook's character as Jane/John even though they're ultimately all the same person.

SHORT VERSION:
Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke), the Fizzle Bomber (Ethan Hawk), Jane (Sarah Snook) and John (Sarah Snook) are all the same person. 

(John and Jane are Jane's parents.  T.A. is John after being a temporal agent.  T.A. must become the Fizzle Bomber for John as a temporal agent to pursue but not catch.)

Once T.A. is officially retired, his time machine goes to "decommissioned" and then to "error fail".  He opens the envelope Mr. Robertson gave him and sees where the bomb piece was traced to/where the Fizzle Bomber was sighted.  He goes to the laundromat and finds himself there wearing the hat he saw on the head of the Fizzle Bomber earlier when he almost caught him but didn't quite.

The Fizzle Bomber tries to convince him that he's done good, saved lives by continuing to use the time machine that had an error.  He shows T.A. a book of clippings of futures he "fixed."  (Also, Mr. Robertson mentioned that the Fizzle Bomber brought the agency, etc. together because they've all been pursuing him.)  T.A. says he's killed more innocent lives than the number he's saved, says he'll never become the Bomber.  The Bomber tells him if he wants to change things T.A. has to live with him/learn to love him again and to not kill him.  The Bomber says killing him starts it all.  T.A. says part of the quote, "What if I could put him in front of you?  The man who ruined your life," and then shoots him.

We hear the tape that T.A. has been making for John throughout the movie explaining what's to come and see T.A. sitting with his face in his hands.

EXTREMELY LONG VERSION:
The movie starts with Ethan Hawke saying this quote, "What if I could put him in front of you?  The man who ruined your life.  If I could guarantee that you'd get away with it.  Would you kill him?"

(Event A) We see a figure in a hat with a case go into a building.  The person goes into a door, down some stairs, and into a room with pipes and finds a bomb.  The figure starts to diffuse the bomb but sees someone run by behind them and turns to exchange gunfire with the person.  The bomb counts down and the figure turns back, putting it in a case, but gets blasted as it goes off before being put away.  The figure catches fire and is burned very badly.  Someone leans over and pushes the case toward the figure (they make eye contact, but we don't see the person pushing the case the first time) and the figure time travels and then wakes up in bandages.  (We see these events a couple of times: first time, b/c of the voice over of Ethan Hawke, we think this is T.A. but later we find out that it is John.  In another instance, we see that T.A. is the one who pushed the case to John.)

The figure wakes up with bandages and (now it's T.A. and not John).  He's awarded a medal by two men and they discuss T.A.'s final mission.  While bandaged, T.A. listens to a recording regarding the Fizzle Bomber -- who will strike in March 1975 and kill thousands of people.  Then there's a conversation with a doctor.  The doctor explains that the healing will make him look different and his vocal chords will be different.  He also looks over a chart regarding side effects of time travel -- paranoia, psychosis, and other bad things.  The doctor unwraps the bandages and we see a severely scared Ethan Hawke -- he says, "I've changed so much, I doubt my own mother would recognize me."

Then there's short montage of T.A. getting ready for his last mission.  He's making a recording for his past self regarding being a temporal agent and the importance of following the rules.  He is given a gun and then next we see T.A. working at a bar.

John comes in, orders a drink, they chat back and forth, make a joke.  T.A. tells this joke: Q: Which came first the chicken or the egg? A: The rooster.  John explains that he's a writer, writing confession stories under the name Unmarried Mother.  John tells T.A. that he's got an incredible story and T.A. tells him he's heard a lot of incredible stories.  John bets T.A. a bottle of booze that his story is *the* most incredible.  They chat about the Fizzle Bomber whether he's good or not.  John starts, "When I was a little girl," and T.A. is curious.  John explains that September 13, 1945 she was left at an orphanage.  They name her Jane there.  She is very healthy, never goes to the hospital.  She's super smart - math and physics especially - but is also socially awkward and gets in lots of fights.  She feels like a freak, stops looking in the mirror, and feels unappealing (couldn't get parents, wouldn't get a husband).  Mr. Robertson meets with her under the guise of a work organization -- SpaceCorp -- that basically with train young women to be "companions" (or sexual partners) for astronauts (b/c women can't be astronauts at this time).  Jane gets into the program and does very well better than the other girls... until she gets into a fight with another girl and then gets booted from the program.  Mr. Robertson and a doctor talk about an anomaly in her exam but Mr. Robertson decides not to tell her; then he promises her he'll try to get back into the program.
Jane then goes to work as a "mother's helper," (which seems like a housekeeper) and starts taking classes in etiquette so that she can get back into SpaceCorp.

(Event B) Coming out of the class she runs into a man and he finishes a quote she thinks of.  John explains that the man was handsome and rich and wonderful and she falls in love with him.  He explains that she was with him and they were in love and then one night, said he'd be right back, and then he disappeared (Event D).  Mr. Robertson comes back and explains he doesn't just work for SpaceCorp, but he uses it as a recruitment and she's special.  But then Jane discovers that she's pregnant -- the mystery man got her pregnant before he disappeared -- she has the baby and the doctor explains that she, Jane, had two sets of sex organs both male and female; there was a problem after the birth and they had to perform a hysterectomy removing her uterus and ovaries but her male organs were left intact so they just gave her a sex change.  He named the baby Jane since he knew he'd have to change to a male name... and then (Event C) the baby is kidnapped from the hospital and John/Jane never gets her back.

John goes through more surgeries to become male.  He mentions that every time he looks at himself in the mirror he's reminded of "that bastard who left," and T.A. says he seems normal.  John then says he's just found out that he's fertile now too - fully male.  John then explains that he went back to SpaceCorp to try to be an astronaut, but was rejected.

John and T.A. discuss motivation - being motivated by love or by hate - John decided to get on with things.  John named himself, came to New York, worked as a fry cook and then as a stenographer, then works at writing confessionals -- Confessions of an unmarried mother, all kinds of versions, except not the real one.  John says something to the effect of "and that's where I am - mystery man is a ghost, daughter is a ghost, life is ruined," and T.A. awards John the booze.  Then T.A. says, "What if I could put him in front of you?  The man who ruined your life.  If I could guarantee that you'd get away with it.  Would you kill him?"  John says he would.  T.A. tells him, he can do it -- says he can do it, mentions Robertson and the skills John learned by hasn't used yet.  A patron starts, "I'm my own grandpa," on the juke box and then T.A. takes John to the time machine (in a violin case) in the basement of the bar.  T.A. gives John a gun, keeps one for himself, has John close his eyes, and then they jump backwards to the day when John was Jane and met the mystery father of her child.

T.A. explains that the man he suspects is the Fizzle Bomber is the father of Jane's baby and tells John that he's going to take him there so that John can kill him and then John gets to be a temporal agent, meet with Mr. Robertson, etc.  John asks T.A. if it's predestination or if they have a choice and T.A. says he never deviates.  T.A. drops John off at the college; John looks around at the men and then Jane bumps into him.  Things unfold as they did before only this time John realizes he's the mystery man who falls in love with Jane!

T.A. then goes to that same room from the opening (Event A) a few minutes before what happened in the opening.  The Fizzle Bomber beats him up after planting the bomb and knocks him out.  The Fizzle Bomber takes T.A.'s gun and exchanges fire with the figure from the beginning.  It is T.A. who pushes the time device to the burned up figure (who, this time, we can see is John) so that John can go back to the time agency.  Then T.A. picks up a piece of the bomb.

T.A. goes back to the landing room, explaining into a recorder what temporal agents need to do.  He meets with Mr. Robertson and they discuss a snake eating its own tail forever and ever (he refers to himself as the rooster) and that T.A.'s extra jumps can cause dementia, etc.  Mr. Robertson says, "You're here to influence history and influence what's to come.  You're more than an agent, you're a gift.  Given to the world through a predestination paradox.  You're the only one free from ancestry, from history."  They have this conversation on the maternity ward of the hospital and it turns out T.A. is the mystery kidnapper of baby Jane (Event C) and brings her back in time to the orphanage doorstep.

T.A. travels back to Event D - finding John and Jane sitting on a bench together.  John goes to talk to T.A., pulls a gun on him.  He apologizes for tricking John.  John says he won't leave her but T.A. explains that he has to as there are certain things they can't change.  Now John should understand who Jane is and who John is and who T.A. is too.

T.A. takes John to the temporal agency headquarters.  Mr. Robertson and T.A. talk about the Fizzle Bomber made the agency grow even though T.A. expresses disappointment at having not caught him.  Mr. Robertson gives him a time machine and says it'll automatically decommission after his last jump and he comments that it's odd that T.A. wants to stay so close the date of the Fizzle Bombers bombing.  He also gives him an envelope with evidence.

Once T.A. is officially retired, his time machine goes to "decommissioned" and then to "error fail".  He opens the envelope Mr. Robertson gave him and sees where the bomb piece was traced to/where the Fizzle Bomber was sighted.  He goes to the laundromat and finds himself there wearing the hat he saw on the head of the Fizzle Bomber earlier when he almost caught him but didn't quite.

We see John starting out, getting a time machine from Mr. Robertson.  We hear T.A. in voiceover explaining the job.  T.A. goes to a second hand shop and chatting with a woman over a typewriter; he explains that he used to write confession stories.  We see T.A. typing and he types, "a novel by Jane," then crosses it out.  The woman says, "It's never too late to be who you might have been."  There are flashbacks of the conversations T.A. had with the doctor and Mr. Robertson about exceeding the jump limit.

He opens the envelope Mr. Robertson gave him and sees where the bomb piece was traced to/where the Fizzle Bomber was sighted.  He goes to the laundromat and finds himself there wearing the hat he saw on the head of the Fizzle Bomber earlier when he almost caught him but didn't quite.

The Fizzle Bomber tries to convince him that he's done good, saved lives by continuing to use the time machine that had an error.  He's killed people to prevent them from doing terrorist attacks (but ultimately he's killing more civilians than he's saving).  He shows T.A. a book of clippings of futures he "fixed."  (Also, Mr. Robertson mentioned that the Fizzle Bomber brought the agency, etc. together because they've all been pursuing him.)  T.A. says he's killed more innocent lives than the number he's saved, says he'll never become the Bomber.  The Bomber tells him if he wants to change things T.A. has to live with him/learn to love him again and to not kill him.  The Bomber says killing him starts it all.  T.A. says part of the quote, "What if I could put him in front of you?  The man who ruined your life," and then shoots him.

We see Event D again.  T.A. says he loves Jane too.  Then we flash to him typing and see the scars from the sex change operation on his chest and we flash through T.A., Jane growing up, John, and John's training.  At the end of the tape he says, "I miss you dreadfully."

We hear the tape that T.A. has been making for John throughout the movie explaining what's to come and see T.A. sitting with his face in his hands (realizing that he must become the Fizzle Bomber in order to keep everything in line to happen again.)

Thanks Linsey!

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