Looper (2012) starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels, Noah Segan, Paul Dano, Pierce Gagnon
Director: Rian Johnson
Directed with clarity, the sci-fi drama, Looper, takes us forward and backward in time without undue confusion. One of the joys of this story is having a single remarkable character portrayed by two remarkable actors in the same film. Gordon-Levitt, even with face altering makeup, does a compelling version of the character, Joe, including the way he mimics many of Bruce Willis’ mannerisms. Willis, as Older Joe, gives us a juicy dose of, well … Bruce Willis! No complaints here.
Organized crime in the future is able to assassinate a person and send them back in time to be executed. Their remains are destroyed in the past, thereby eliminating their existence and any evidence in the future. Assassins are paid handsomely for each and retire wealthy. However, complications arise with a few assassins in the loop.
Emily Blunt is convincing and has great screen presence as usual. Jeff Daniels gets down with his bad self as a mob boss. Child actor Pierce Gagnon is a standout too. Some kids just have it.
Power struggles, romance, intricate story, and big drama combine in a top-notch production. It all works beautifully. The music greatly enhances too.
My grade: A
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