Film Review – Looper (2012)


Film: Looper
Released: 2012
Director: Rian Johnson
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt

Synopsis:
In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe, who one day learns the mob wants to ‘close the loop’ by transporting back Joe’s future self.

What I thought of it:
Wow! Just, wow!

Time travel is a tricky element, but Looper manages to very cleverly close the loop, as it were, on the perennial problem of paradox. I’m not going to spoil things by revealing how it’s done, but I am glad to say that the fears I had early in the film regarding how they were going to get around the glaringly obvious paradox with which we’re presented as the very premise of the film, but was swiftly made incredibly impressed with the deft handling of it all.

Then there’s the cast. Not only do we have long-time Hollywood favourite, Bruce Willis, but we also have an actor who is, in my opinion, one of the up-coming greats of our generation – Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Yes, there’s a make-up element involved, but combined with his skill in utilizing the little mannerisms and quirks we all know and love in Willis, you can almost believe that the younger version of Bruce has actually been ripped out of time to star with his older self. He’s that good. No, seriously – he is THAT good!

The plot is cleverly constructed, the pacing is tight, the action sequences are brilliant yet slightly surreal, and the performances are absolutely spot on. Wildly entertaining and, in an unusual turn for a major big-budget blockbuster, it really makes you think.

Rating: Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven
Destined to become a modern classic.

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