Friday, September 28, 2012

Looper


An almost unrecognizeable Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in this sci-fi action thriller as a Looper, an assassin whose job it is to kill victims who are sent back in time by his employer.  Bruce Willis co-stars as Levitt's character thirty years in the future.

As with any film involving time travel, there's a lot going on here.  It's a film you need to pay attention to, but with that said it's not overly complicated.  It's just complicated enough to keep you interested from start to finish, but without the ambiguity of a lot of other high concept films.  (Think writer/director Christopher Nolan making 'The Terminator'.)  And the cast is perfect, also including Emily Blunt and Jeff Daniels.

I also must note that the make-up is fantastic.  Levitt, truly looks Willis-like, and his significantly altered face doesn't look at all fake (like it totally did for Leo DiCaprio in 'J. Edgar'.)  And Levitt really does an impressive impression of Willis as well.  Josh Brolin got more credit than he deserved earlier this year for playing a young Tommy Lee Jones, but Levitt is the real deal here.

Bottom line: If you're at all into time travel movies, then this is a must see.  No question.

Grade: A

2 comments:

  1. This is the type of movie that's fine, but I wish were better. Maybe you really are better off not watching trailers, because the movie I filled in around the scenes in the trailer could never exist and gave me unrealistic expectations.

    At least it had Garret Dillahunt.

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  2. I'm very surprised by this. Most critics agree, it was exceptional. I haven't seen the trailer, so I'm not sure what you had in mind, but you know I always preach staying away from them. Almost all movies are better, the less you know about them going in.

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