Monday, October 1, 2012
Looper review; a sifi film heavy on character, and not so much the sifi
Rian Johnson, don't feel too bad. Not many people have. He made a very delightful film in The Brothers Bloom a few years ago, that unfortunately no one saw. Now comes something a bit more mainstream. Johnson is the writer/director of Looper, a science fiction film about the future, as well as time travel. The mob controls time travel in the future. When they want to get rid of someone, they send them to the past; where a looper, like the one played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, awaits to kill them. This is a great system until the mob decides to "close the loop". Gordon-Levitt is ready to kill his next target.... until he realizes it's his older self (played by Bruce Willis). Let's go!
What I liked about the film:
Emily Blunt plays the mother of a child who has a very important role in the future. And instead of beating a dead horse with the notion of time travel, Johnson pulls us into the story of life, death, love and redemption. It's going to be difficult to write this review without spoilers, but I promise I wont. Films with a big spectacle can totally flop if we're not invested in the characters, and in this film, we're definitely invested in these characters.
Jeff Daniels. He plays a mob boss in the past, who communicates with the mob bosses of the future. Very clever writing. Daniels also resists playing it over-the-top. Intimidating other characters while never raising his voice. He was a great addition to the already talented cast.
The universe Johnson created for these characters, is very believable. Much like Inception, there are rules these characters live by. Johnson works out all the rules without the boring exposition of Inception. Very few special effects shots of the future are used. Some CGI work to show the futuristic city, but nothing crazy. Again, Johnson forces us to focus on the characters, not the spectacle.
What I didn't like about the film:
Just go with it
@atdmovie. I'd love your hear your opinion.
So much more than an "action film"