Wednesday, January 9, 2013
I didn't decide I wanted to see Looper until after it stopped showing in theaters. I saw it last week and I liked it. There haven't been many good time travel movies recently, so it was a relief to finally get one. Both the present and future versions of the protagonist are played by good actors (Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis), and they even used some subtle makeup to make JGL look a little more like Bruce Willis. It was a bit distracting at first, but once you get used to it it helps since JGL doesn't look much like Bruce Willis. That didn't bother me too much though. The plot turned out to be a lot more complicated and interesting than the trailer let on. In the trailer, we see that the protagonist is a hitman who kills targets sent back from the future until he meets his future self. There's actually a lot more to it than that, which is good. Time travel movies are best when they have complexity and confusing paradoxes, which Looper also has. I don't want to spoil the ending, but something happens that could potentially change the future that Bruce Willis comes from and cause him not to get sent back in time. But if that happens, he doesn't change the past, so the future doesn't change, but if that happens, he does get sent back and change the past (x infinity). It's similar to the paradox of killing one's own ancestors since the end result prevents itself from happening. So first Inception and now this. I get the feeling that JGL likes confusing movies. I still think of him as somewhere between Robin and Arthur though. His character in Looper didn't make a big enough impression for me to change that. Looper was outshined by some other 2012 movies, but it was still good. Final Verdict: This movie gets 4.3 bars of silver!