Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Piper Perabo, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Jeff Daniels, Tracie Thoms, Noah Segan, David Jensen, Qing Xu, James Hébert, Nick Gomez, David Joseph Martinez, Dikran Tulaine, Jay Amor, Adam Boyer, Kristyl Dawn Tift, Brian Oerly, Pierce Gagnon, Kamden Beauchamp, Miles Marmolejo, Frank Brennan
- Director: Rian Johnson
- Writer: Rian Johnson
Going in to Looper I knew what to expect….I’d seen Brick and was an instant fan of director Rian Johnson. I was expecting the smart dialogue, the clever camera angles and above all else, a great film. Was I disappointed? Not at all!
Starting off with a dialog free epilogue really sets the scene for the rest of the film. It says Joe (Joseph Gordon Levitt) knows what he is doing down to the T.
Joe is a looper who assassinates people (kept restraint in a strait jacket and a hood) who have been sent back through time, 30 years into the future. When your contract as a looper ends, your future self is sent back for you to kill in order to ‘close the loop’.
What might seem like just a throw away phrase in any other sci fi film is really explored here in a torture scene which while looks extremely clever, is actually very dark and twisted. But when on an assignment Joe notices the ‘client’ is sent back late, he is taken off guard. This doesn’t help when his target appears in the form of his future self (Bruce Willis) prepared to escape and get on with his own personal mission.
What makes this step up from your usual sci fi is definitely the dialogue. Instead of tackling the very complicated task of trying to decipher time travel, the characters accept the inevitable…’this time travel crap, just fries the brain’. Add Sara (Emily Blunt) into the mix as a woman trying to bring up her kid in a world where things are unraveling, and Young Joe starts to question his mission and what he is actually doing.
Rian’s style is evident and helped along by the big budget which only goes to show what vision the man has. The only downside I would say is that one expecting an action film will be disappointed….this is a sci fi thriller in its purest form.
Barry El Beardo