Looper

Year: 
2012
Director: 
Rian Johnson
Review: 
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.

Comments

which sort of falls apart when you are mulling it over in the pub afterwards - but that's sci-fi for you

which is the first time I watched it I was narked it wasn't the film I had been hoping to see (and very much looking forward to). Watching it a second time, and accepting the film for what it actually is, I enjoyed it much more and now think it's pretty damned good.
For those who missed it, Rian Johson's first film "Brick" is excellent. (and very different - if Looper is big budget sci fi, Brick is a teenie budget detective story but also featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt).

A great film that has a proper ending that a lot of this type of Sci-Fi stuff doesn't.

with the slight quibble that the telekinetic stuff on top of the time travel was maybe throwing a little bit too much into the pot. I also guessed the ending (just) before it happened, but that is only because I am a genius.

Rian Johnson's second movie (after Brick - this is his third) was called The Brothers Bloom, and for my money it's a lost classic. Two con men brothers get mixed up with Rachel Weisz as the last job before they quit starts to go wrong...that might make it sound gritty and noir, but it's really not, just a very original movie with a unique setting

Re: the Brothers Bloom. Really enjoyed it.

I haven't seen Looper, but these comments are reminding me of the film Primer (http://www.imdb.co.uk/title/tt0390384/). Anyone seen it, and more importantly, made definitive sense out of it?

Loved it. It made my brain hurt during, but I was able to make some sense of it a few hours later.

Incidentally, the director has a "thank you" credit on Looper.

I must watch it soon

(as I mentioned above - albeit some months back) was that the original rumour was that Johnson - who'd already demonstrated his talent - was meant to be teaming up with Shane Carruth (like he was a time-travel-heavy-script consultant) on the screenplay. Round our way such a team up engendered the same anticipation as the De Niro and Pacino facing off in "Heat" had done for others before...