“Looper” is an excellent film with amazing performances from Bruce Willis and from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is festooned in prosthetics to look more like Bruce Willis.
In the future, time travel is a reality. People are sent back in time – but still to the future – and killed. The people who kill them eventually kill their future selves, to close the loop.
Yup, it’s yet another dystopian scifi movie, but what a very enjoyable ride this offers.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks nothing like Bruce Willis, except that the things done to his face and the way he moves his body and changes his voice really do make him very like Willis.
The first part of the movie is about the actual work of the “loopers”. Then, young Joe messes up when he has to kill older Joe.
Emily Blunt, Piper Perabo and Jeff Daniels are all good, but the film is owned by the Joes.
There is quite a lot of interesting stuff about people with telekinetic powers, lingering shots over farmland and scenes set in seedy bars. The music and vehicles sparkle.
Why, when I was so looking forward to this, am I slightly disappointed? Maybe I was anticipating it too much. I really like Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a fabulous actor with great screen charisma.
Rian Johnson directs really well and the action is very fast-paced.
I get the theory of the ending, but it still feels rushed after such a lot of lingering over cars and flying motorcycles. I also find the idea of predicting who someone will be in the future icky beyond belief.
Everyone at the Stratford Picturehouse absolutely adored it and I was certainly oohing and aahing while watching it.
Maybe the biggest lesson all the current spate of dystopian future films offer is that we really should stay very much in the present. These are the good old days.