Bruce hits up Looper and cranks out a surprise movie review:
Looper stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Joe, Bruce Willis as the older Joe, Emily Blunt as Sara, Piper Perabo as Suzie, Jeff Daniels as Abe and the young Pierce Gagnon as Cid. Oh! And for fans, Garret Dillahunt is in it too, in a small but great part, great that is, to see him in.
Past credits of Johnson’s includes a directorial stint for a few episodes of Breaking Bad, and he’s also written/directed both The Brothers Bloom and Brick.
Whenever this man puts “pen to paper” in the future, I will go and see the product of his work. Wow, just wow.
Looper takes place in 2042. The world is mostly like we know it, but it’s injected with enough future tech to understand we aren’t a stagnate society, but it’s those with money who have the cool toys. (What’s new)
The movie synopsis says,
In 2072, 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.
And that description still doesn’t do this movie justice.
It opens to us experiencing young Joe’s life and the routine he’s found himself in. We’re shown many things, but Gordon-Levitt voices over, describing when we need to know the important. What we deduce is that he’s a drug addicted assassin. Or a Looper… that’s what the assassins are called.
One day he is sent himself (Willis) from the future to kill, but Willis gets away.
And that’s when the fun begins, because if a Looper doesn’t take out a kill, especially his own self, (closing the loop), “it” hits the fan and game’s afoot.
There is so much to this movie that I could go into, but I’d rather you see it for yourself instead of me blowing any great surprises.
But what I will say is that this is a violent movie. It’s a thoughtfully constructed movie, meaning Johnson put a bit of thought into the process of the effects of time travel on a person. But don’t get me wrong, it’s also about coming full circle and it’s about… well, you’ll see.
This was a breathtaking event in my life, watching this movie. It was superbly told and executed. The pace never got too slow, and never got too hyper fast either. The tale, or tales, were told in perfect compliment. Umm, yea, maybe it’s one tale. I’m not sure. You’d have to go see it to figure it out for yourself.
Every actor cast in this movie were pretty much cast perfectly. I’ve been gaining a new-found respect for Jeff Daniels in HBO’s Newsroom, and he doesn’t disappoint here. It’s not a huge role, but he does it well. Covert Affairs‘ Piper Perabo is like you’ve never seen her before, and the young Pierce Gagnon pulls something out of some hat and is one of the most incredible child stars I think I’ve ever seen. At least in this role. (You might have seen him in One Tree Hill.)
This is a time traveling kind of movie, so you’d think it might be considered a popcorn movie. But the popcorn is just the fun fluff on the side as this movie slides right into the dramatic realm of action flicks.
And I am pleased to say that Rian Johnson was able to create the very vision he had in his head when he wrote the script. (Did I mention the trailers don’t even touch the surface of this movie?)
Over on IMDb the user score rating is sitting at 8.6 after almost 3k votes, and that sounds about right. I fully recommend Looper, no matter when you get to it, whether it be in the theater, rental or purchase.
But I would cast a word of warning: Some of the pure joy of this movie are the details you don’t know about and if you can, avoid them. At all costs. That was the true treasure of Looper, being kept on the edge of my seat and not seeing some things coming when they did.