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Smart and Original Sci-Fi Noir
on January 13, 2013
Looper is a cleverly written and wildly entertaining sci-fi film that proves that there are still original ideas left in Hollywood. Rian Johnson has created a stylized and very detailed world within a thought-provoking film that is sure to stick with the audience after the credits role.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who continues to prove that he is one of the industry's most valuable new actors, is absolutely great as Joe, a "Looper" who eliminates targets sent to him from 30 years in the future. Problems arise, however, when Joe's older self, played by Bruce Willis, is sent into the past for execution, only to escape and attempt to change the future he's come from. The first half of the movie sets this climax up very well, while the second introduces us to Cid, played by newcomer Pierece Gagnon, as well as his mother Sara played by the always great Emily Blunt. I have to give a lot of credit to Gagnon, who gives a very memorable performance and piqued my interest in any future roles he lands.
Now, be warned that since there is time travel involved, the movie does contain potential plot holes if you dwell on events and their consequences too much. However, Johnson has created such a fantastic vision of the future, as well as terrific character interaction between JGL and Willis, that the holes don't appear unless well after the initial viewing. Because I was more enthralled with where the story was going and the brilliant storytelling from Johnson, I'm more than willing to overlook any inconsistencies I noticed.