Thursday, February 21, 2013

LOOPER (2012) movie review

Looper (2012) (1st viewing) d. Johnson, Rian (USA)

An intriguing time travel flick that turns into an apocalyptic sci-fi nightmare about 2/3 of the way through…which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a shady assassin that gangsters of the future hire to kill and dispose of their enemies by zapping them back to the past, a career choice that takes a nasty turn when his future self (embodied by Bruce Willis) pops up in his sight on the appointed cornfield tarp.

Less preoccupied with fresh nuances of possible alternate universes (various plot points that echo The Terminator, 12 Monkeys, and others), Johnson’s main interest is in the human interactions between the young vs. old versions of Gordon-Levitt’s character, as well as Emily Blunt’s isolated single mother surviving in the bucolic farmlands. (The production design, set thirty years in the future, is fairly inspired, with little hints of gadgetry accenting a fairly contemporary world.

Not the earth-shaking top-10 list candidate that many made it out to be, but certainly worthwhile and another winner on the ever-interesting Johnson’s CV.

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