I have to admit that I was very excited about the release of Looper. It is not because I am a huge Joseph Gordon-Levitt fan because I am not. It is not because I enjoyed the trailer because I haven’t watched it. It is because every once in a while a bandwagon rolls through town and I will get caught up on everyone’s excitement and jump aboard.
PLOT: In a dystopian future Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) works for the mafia as a “Looper” i.e. someone who kills targets sent back from the future. When Future Joe (Bruce Willis) is sent back as a target Joe has to close his own loop and kill his future self. END PLOT
Looper is one of those films that should be watched rather than read about therefore I am trying to keep this review as spoiler free as I possibly can.
The plot is complex and attention must be paid but it unfolds in such a way that it always remains believable. The audience is kept well and truly out of the loop (yes I said it, get over it) until writer/director Rian Johnson decides to let us in.
Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt are fantastic and Bruce Willis actually looks awake in this film which is an achievement in itself.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is having a great 2012 and Looper merely cements this fact in stone. Prosthetics may make Gordon-Levitt look like his older counterpart but he captured his facial expressions without appearing to be doing a Bruce Willis impression.
The montage of Levitt’s younger Joe transforming into Willis' older Joe, or as I prefer to call it, the Death of Bruce’s Hair, was fascinating to watch.
The action set pieces and the smatterings of futuristic technology blend in well together and remain grounded. Despite the time travelling concept nothing about Looper seems over the top.
Looper is an instantly memorable film which undoubtedly will cause many arguments and discussions amongst its audience. It gets a 9/10 but I know that I will need to watch it more than once to fully appreciate what I have just watched.