Monday, October 1, 2012

Review: Looper [2012]


Background:
Release Date: 28 September 2012 (USA)
Directed By: Rian Johnson
Written By: Rian Johnson
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Noah Segan, Jeff Daniels, Paul Dano, Pierce Gagnon, Piper Perabo, Garret Dillahunt
Duration: 118 minutes
In A Nutshell:
In the year 2072, time-travel has been invented but is been out-lawed and used only by the mob. It is also near-impossible to dispose of a body in this future, so when they want to get rid of somebody, that person is sent back 30 years to be killed by "Loopers". The mob has also sent back a representative, Abe (played by Jeff Daniels) to manage their affairs in this time period. Loopers will be paid silver for every person they kill but to close loose-ends, they will also have to kill the future versions of themselves before retiring. Joe (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) runs into problems when the future version of himself (played by Bruce Willis) escapes and plots to change his fate. The younger Joe's pursuit of his older self leads to him waiting at the house of a potential target of the future Joe, Sara (played by Emily Blunt), who lives with her son, Cid (played by Pierce Gagnon).


Thumbs Up:
+ One of the most engaging and unpredictable storyline in years
+ Great dialogues and solid performances from the cast
+ Child-actor, Pierce Gagnon is PERFECTLY casted for the role of cid
+ Extremely cool guns
Thumbs Down:
- The make-up (or is it CGI?) used on Joseph-Gordon Levitt to make him look like a young version of Bruce Willis... I find it slightly distracting.


The Verdict Is In:
As we enter the final quarter of the year (awards season), the more interesting films, story-wise at least, are being release. With elements of sci-fi, action, and thriller, Looper [2012] could have easily been made in the hands of a different director with extravagant special effects and action sequences. Instead director Rian Johnson didn't do anything over the top with those two elements and kept things focused on telling the story. Kudos to him for doing so, as I feel this film has one of the most interesting stories I watched on film in a while. After the movie, my friend who went to see this with me complained about noisy people a few rows behind us. I actually didn't notice as I was fully engaged on what was unfolding on screen. This of course is the movie lover's dream.... being transported momentarily into the realm of the film he is watching. There will be some questions of logic to certain aspects of the story, but as a massive fan of time-travel movies (take a look at this blog's header and title if you need a hint), there's nothing here that truly bothers me. You just get those in time-travel movies.


There are solid performances all around from the cast (even the supporting characters like Jeff Daniels as Abe and Noah Segan as Kid Blue) but I just have to make a special praise to Pierce Gagnon who plays the 10 year-old son to Sara (Emily Blunt), Cid. Without giving too much away, the character is reminiscent of what you would find in a few horror movies (and comic books too). Gagnon manages to play it with maximum creepiness.

This is my first exposure to the work of Rian Johnson. I am aware though that his debut feature, Brick [2006], (which also stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is critically acclaimed. After seeing Looper, I might as well push that film to the front of my watching-list.
Rating:
9 out of 10

14 comments:

  1. Whoa, with everybody's score, it seems I must check this one out too! Right now, the movie's still on midnight show. JGL's 'different' face freaked me out too.

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    1. Definitely a must see. JGL seems to be in everything now though.

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  2. U have to watch Brick. Its one of my great discovery from sundance's list. And seriously a good neo-noir.

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    1. Been meaning to do so. It does seem pretty interesting.

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  3. Awesome review! Good child actors are rarity nowadays, so I'll be sure to pay attention to this one when I'll finally see the movie. Also great that the plot is unpredictable, with so many sci fi movies out there, it's hard to write something fresh.

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    1. I'm not sure how the kid will do with other roles but this one just fits him perfectly! Such a creepy performance. In a good way of course.

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  4. Great review Asrap. Didn’t have me as emotionally-invested as I thought I could have been, but still, a pretty solid sci-fi flick that’s heavy on story and characters, which is all that mattered to me.

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    1. Heavy on story and characters... totally agree with you there. Thanks Dan.

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  5. I agree with you on that young actor who played Cid. He is a great talent, and one to keep a look out for. Great review.

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    1. He really does do an excellent job. Knew nothing about him before this.

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  6. aku suka yg ni, a bit slow..budak tu lak elok belakon cerita omen..seram gila bila dia ngamuk
    and I agree the guns were awesoooome!...if buat replika mau aku beli (if cheap ah)

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    1. yup, cite omen sgt sesuai... tuh aku ckp reminiscent of horror movies... cuma x nak spoil, aku x ckp cite omen

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  7. We're in agreement with this one, I gave it a 4.5/5. Glad to see an original movie in the tried and true theme of time travel. JGL never fails to impress me!

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    1. It is good and refreshing. So far its in my top 5 of 2012.

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