First things First, Looper is one of the most intelligent movies I have seen all year. Had me thinking well after the end credits rolled. It’s smart, gripping and the best part is that it’s not overwhelming in its depiction of the future. Like many other makers, their visuals of the future are completely out of sync with the current progress of mankind, with all those weird hairdos and the strange and ugly looking creatures. Rian Johnson takes a detour from that path and creates a dystopian future rooted to the current world. It’s like he realized the fact that his story and screenplay is sufficient enough to blow you away.
Its better I don’t write anything about the story line. You’d get a fair idea once you watch the trailer below. Moreover, it’s absolutely essential for one to watch this flick with an absolutely blank mind. The lesser you know about the movie, the more you would enjoy it and be amazed by it. All I can say is that the writer and director traverse the Chris Nolan route and draw inspiration from Memento, Inception, Terminator, Twelve Monkeys and The Omen.
The first hour of the movie would get your mind rumbling, deciphering what happened when and how it happened and how the hell it came to all this. The director keeps your mind constantly on its toes throwing interesting ideas and plot twists from all directions. The subject of the movie is in itself a confusing and interesting at the same. Anybody who has seen Back to the Future would be aware of the Space time continuum and the logics and basis behind it. For me it was the ultimate explanation up until Johnson shattered it with another set of twists and explanations of how certain things can change by the decisions and the choices you make. It’s an intriguing view point, one which will be discussed for many a years to come. Also he poses a valid set of moral questions “If given a chance would you kill a young Hitler and change the course of future?”
He uses crackling dialogue and unusual characterizations which hold the interest in a genre where those qualities are too often deemed superfluous. Looper connects where, say, Surrogates missed because it feels as if its world has been thought out properly, but also its characters make sense as inhabitants of it — the protagonist is a gangland killer hooked on an eye-drop drug because of the way he was brought up in hard times and found a father/family substitute in the gang run by a refugee from the future whose tips he ignores as he clings to nostalgic retro items like red vinyl records.
The way Rian Johnson directs this confusing tale is applaud worthy. The urgency in the on goings and the brute force with which he interrelates the tales is fascinating. With all the action going around, he also manages to carve in emotions and drama. The chemistry between Young Joe and the kid is great, also the emotional turmoil through which Old Joe goes through while killing his “subjects” induces a nerve wracking sense of drama.
Also as mentioned above he doesn’t use any of the slick or snazzy looking visual effects; he goes for the raw and crude future look.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of the finest actors there currently. 50-50, Inception, Dark Knight Rises and now Looper has cemented his place in the top 10. Here He has to put up with an effects make-over which turns him into an acceptable young Bruce Willis. He also does a creditable job of not imitating the Bruce of Moonlighting or Die Hard but depicting the kind of callous, incipiently sensitive young gunman who might grow up to be the battered baldie Willis now plays. It’s an irony that if you had time travel and could cast young Bruce Willis in this, you’d still give the role to Gordon-Levitt A 30-year montage shows how one Joe turns into the other in a hard life on the run, with a redemptive late-in-the-day romance, but the circumstances of the story which brings them together invalidates all this, so young Joe has to fast-forward through the tough lessons and emotional maturing older Joe has taken decades on.
Bruce Willis goes for the stern Die Hard look here. Spews venom and kills everything that comes his way. Although he is a man with a purpose a mission which he is hell bent on completing. He still shows that sense of remorse; that sense of vulnerability, of helplessness of having to do things that he doesn’t want to do.
Of the other actors Emily Blunt and Jeff Daniels hold their own. As in The Adjustment Bureau, a couple of moments in the company of Emily Blunt proves the tonic — like Rachel Weisz in The Brothers Bloom, she gets to do a great deal more than be someone for the heroes to fight over, and her character nurtures secrets that liven up the third act no end.
But the revelation of the cast is Pierce Gagnon. He is adorable and sinister at the same time. You absolutely fall in love with him in the end.
On the whole, Rian Johnson weaves together a completely different take on time travel and manages to go one up against the movies of similar genres.
Intelligent science-fiction are a rarity now a days. Looper isn’t perfect, but it pulls off the full Wizard Of Oz: it has a brain, courage and a heart. 2 Hrs. and 1 minute you’d want to Loop again and again!
Direction : 4
Acting : 4
Music : 3
Story : 5
CGI : 4
Dialogues : 4
Total : 4 out of 5
IMDB link : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1276104/
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