I’ll have to see it again to be sure that it’s going to make my favourites list, but on first viewing Looper is a strong contender.
The quirky future, a few unexplained things here and there, and its odd mix of highly recognisable now with dystopic, sci-fi and historical stylings aren’t going to appeal to everyone. But then time loop movies never do.
Looper, in my eyes, is a stylish, interesting film with a fantastic underlying humour, and a story that manages to surprise you even if you guess how it’ll end.
I really enjoyed this film, and even the violence of it – the worst of which occurs off screen – works for the story really well.
One reviewer described it as a gangster-hit-man-time-travel-dystopian-future movie, which is pretty apt, but I’m going to call it a good sci-fi movie. And a breath of fresh air.
There are things I don’t like about the movie – hey no movie is perfect – but this one left me with a deep ‘hell yeah!’ sense of satisfaction.
If you’ve seen the trailers, then you’ll know what it’s about, but there are a few small spoilers coming, so read on at your peril.
Writer and director, Rian Johnson has crafted some fantastic moments in this movie, including the way he shows the 30yrs between young Jo ‘closing the loop’ by killing his older self has gone, just after we see the new reality of older Jo escaping.
The way he explains what they do when the older loopers escape, is horrible and yet such a nice use of the time-loop idea.
I also like the reveal about the Rainmaker – not who it is because most insightful viewers will have picked the inevitability of that, but the other thing. I won’t say more.
While this writer/director’s first film left me grumpy, if this second outing is a sign of his ability to improve between drinks, then I’ll be very keen to see whatever he does next.