Submitted by Ahh_Bisto on 1 February 2013 - 5:08pm
Good science fiction designs an alternate world that retains a familiarity with our own and creates characters who are believable even if the setting is fantastical or, as those constipated by logic gleefully extol, simply not scientifically possible. OK, unwillingness to suspend belief duly noted. Looper only works if you accept that we can travel through time and that the physical and temporal anomalies that such travel creates are less important to a story's blossoming than the character choices and plot machinations it ferments and catalyses. Looper succeeds because it creates characters we can believe in and predicaments for them that are contextually credible. Willis is the A-lister but its Gordon-Levitt's eerie approximation of a young Willis as a young gun for hire who impresses, providing the film's central time-piece around which the hands of the story move. Pierce Gagnon as the precocious but troubled little boy ensures the kinetic action has an emotional pay-off.
Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
Intelligent eye-candy or a Hollywood mainstream film that is accessible but intelligent through the promotion of the simple maxim of giving preference to story and character over special effects and a "will this do, thanks for the big budget" arrogant oafishness.