Looper Film Review

This is my first film review for ‘ryesofthegeek’ and it’s a positive one. In general, Looper is a  fun popcorn movie with some good F/X work, good script and high concept central ideas. So the general setup is that in the future, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the poor unfortunate is sent 30 years into the past, where a man with a gun awaits. Joe is one of those hired guns, who faces the prospect of terminating his future self…

I don’t want to spoil the plot, which is water tight and quite clever. The film is about love, sacrifice, destiny and change. Where the film falters slightly is in convincing us that the younger Joe (Jason Gordon-Levitt) and the older Joe (Bruce Willis) are the same person. Sure the makeup on Jason Gordon-Levitt is good, but you’re never convinced that they are the same man.

My wife thought there was too much unnecessary violence and I agree with her, but not for the same reasons. She found the violence distasteful and unnecessary, whereas for me, it just removes the audience from the film. I found the violence to be ‘comic book like’ and when Bruce (not Joe) grabs a machine gun and starts mowing people down, I found the sequence funny rather than exhilarating. Like a lot of films, you don’t get a sense of jeopardy when a character can kill oodles of people with no consequences and it harms the films believability.

Finally, although this is a darned good yarn, don’t go in expecting The Matrix or Inception – it’s not in the same league. That said it’s probably the best Sci-Fi film of the year so far.

7/10

Trivia note: Our hero, Joe, drives a MK1 Mazda MX5 – thus ending spurious claims that MX5’s are hairdressers cars. If it’s good enough for Bruce Willis…

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