Some things are just inevitable.
We first meet a man, whose name we don't know. He's a temporal agent, traveling through time to prevent tragedies. After an apparent accident requiring surgeries, we meet him again as a Barkeep. (Ethan Hawke) A man named John (Sarah Snook) comes to his bar. After a bit of banter, he offers to tell the barkeep the most interesting story he's ever heard for a free bottle of liquor. She starts. That's right, she. John wasn't always John, at one point she was Jane. Smart, awkward, orphan Jane who was selected by a man named Mr. Robertson (Noah Tyler) to join Space Corp. After a fight she gets in, and a secret Mr. Robertson doesn't bother to tell her, she's let go. It gets worse, and the Barkeep offers to put the man that ruined her life in front of her, she accepts.
Candice over at Reel Talk brought up an interesting question awhile ago on her blog. Can you love a film you don't understand? At the time I left my comment, I couldn't think of a film that fit that category for me. After I finished this film, Candice's post immediately came to mind. I really enjoyed this movie, it was absolutely fascinating, I also do not understand what the fuck happened in the last 15-20 minutes or so.
Rather, I do understand what happened. I'm just not sure why. Why did this happen? Why didn't they do this? The more I think about it, the more my husband and I attempted to talk through this, the more confused I got. It's a strange feeling. I feel like I should hate this film for its rubbernecking, but I don't. Not at all. I really dug it.
Sarah Snook is fantastic. I can't say I've seen her in anything other than a brief few minutes in Sleeping Beauty. But she does an excellent job here. Ethan Hawke is always Ethan Hawke, but he's perfectly cast here.
To answer Candice's question for sure now, yes, I can love a film I don't understand. This is one of those movies.
Memorable Quote: "I miss you dreadfully." - The Barkeep (Ethan Hawke)