Looper

Plot

Thirty years before time travel is invented (2044), agents known as Loopers are hired by crime lords to dispose of bodies sent from the future, thus eliminating all evidence. One day Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) comes face-to-face against his future self (Bruce Willis) and in his hesitation allows him to escape, forcing him to give frantic chase.

Review

It is perhaps no surprise as that one of the most dynamic Sci-Fi’s of recent years is helmed by Brick director Rian Johnson. Reteaming with the ever-impressive Joseph Gordon-Levitt and recreating some of the noirsh tone of their previous feature as well as blending with a myriad of other genres, Looper is undoubtedly Johnson’s most sophisticated film to date.

The script is witty and clever and while, refreshingly, the brain-melting logistics of time-travel are acknowledged, rarely explored aspects such as how memories would be affected are an intelligent addition to the typical sci-fi format. Through focusing on the older counterpart, some moments of violence are brilliantly portrayed in a more subtle way and without jeopardising the Rating (15 in the UK), just another of the creative ways time travel is dealt with. The story is not overly confusing, however; upon further inspection certain details of the plot might have some loops of their own but frankly the ride is so exciting it’s hard to care. Fittingly the plot has many arcs that come full circle and there are many links and parallels between the characters. Levitt’s touching interactions with a single mother (Emily Blunt) and her young son (Pierce Gagnon) ground the film and provide an important purpose for all the action. Their storyline provides heart to counteract the techno-babble. 

Rather a contrast to the kind of high tech contraptions and city-scapes often associated with this genre, much of the film in fact takes place on a rustic farm and  much like Blade Runner the entire film has a retro vibe, despite it being 2044 Joe still listens to Richard and Linda Thompson on (albeit high-tech) vinyl and you won’t even believe what a high tech crop duster looks like! 

The cast are fantastic, and Levitt in particular is eerily Willis-esque at certain points. A discussion the two have in a diner is a highlight and illustrates his stubbornness of youth; he refuses even to listen to his older and wiser self and the skillful balance of action, sci-fi and focus on family relationships is just right.

Verdict:

An original sci-fi that doesn’t overly rely on dazzling with science. There’s heart, innovation  and terrific performances there too resulting in one of the most original Sci-Fi’s of recent years.

****

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2 Responses to “Looper”
  1. Not what I was searching for but wonderful anyway! Congrats!

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