By Aaron Moran (Ireland)


‘Time travel, it’ll just fry your brain like an egg’

Time travel, one the trickiest subjects to pull off no matter what medium you’re presenting it in. It should come as no surprise that Rian Johnson decided to write his third feature film by completely upping shop and trying his hand at an entirely new genre. Looper is set in the future in the year 2042. Our protagonist is Joseph Gordon (on a continuous winning streak) Levitt plays Joe. He is a hitman who disposes of hooded victims sent by gangsters of the future by blowing them away with his retro-futuristic shotgun.

Joe leads a hedonistic lifestyle with him being addicted to a drug that he pours into his tear duct, he drives a vintage car and visits a strip-club on a regular basis while he eyes up his favorite go-go girl. One day Joe’s best friend played by (There Will Be Blood) Paul Dano makes a terrible decision that leaves you with a scene that is like something from a Saw movie but leaving just your imagination to fill in the gaps. What happens after that scene propels the movie down into a maze of bloody action and intelligent dialogue. Bruce Willis is soon introduced and all though at the start of the movie his performance feels a little lazy and phoned in he quickly warms to the role and is on par with everyone else.

The film is terrifically cast with great supporting roles from Bricks Noah Seagan and always great to see him Jeff Daniels who was sent from the future to keep a handle on all the loopers in his employment. Particular mention should go to Emily Blunt who plays a take-no-prisoners country girl who will stop at nothing to protect her son and her ranch. The film though is most certainly Levitt’s who had to go through two hours of make-up and prosthetics to play a believably younger version of Willis, he has clearly studied the mans filmography and has his jaw set to the appropriate position and has his voice lowered enough to believe it could end up sounding like Willis gruff tones.

The film is expertly directed by Johnson, who only on his third feature has carved out a reputation from himself for being one of the most interesting writer-directors working today. The cinematography is also excellent with several shots sticking in the mind long after you leave the cinema. It walks the fine line of not losing itself to the complexity of the subject and not spending an unwelcome amount of time on its characters. Throughout you are always entertained and engaged with the film managing to appeal to your heart and brain for the duration of the two hour running time.

Rating: 4/5



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