|Joe meets Joe over a cup of Joe|
THE PONTIFICATOR (TP): Looper was it’s own story, that when expanded in afterthought, spawns it’s own continuity. That said, trying to unravel time travel films can give you a headache, but this story was surprisingly easy to follow and understand... and didn’t give me a hard “time” to unravel.
|Joe vs. Joe. Who's your money on?|
TP: This film was well cast. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Young Joe) seems to be the perfect choice to portray a young Bruce Willis (Old Joe). He has the look, he has the mannerisms...and brings the exact amount of attitude to make the role believable. Bruce Willis looked familiar in his role (12 Monkeys) and confident in his mission (Last Man Standing) to the point that it was easy to identify with the nature of his humanity. The biggest surprise for me was Pierce Gagnon in his precociously innocent, and sometimes sinister portrayal of Cid (The Rainmaker)...the future antagonist of the film. The pace of the film was inconsistent and didn’t transition well in some parts, while being absolutely seamless in others. I’m not sure if this was by design, given the nature of the film.
|Feelin' lucky, Punk?|
Joe makes a decision that could cost him everything
TP: Agreed Vader, this film probably didn’t have a huge special effects budget, but they certainly did more with less as nothing was done just for filler. Instead, the effects advanced the story and brought weight to the consequences of the decisions being made by the characters. I call it the “bad things” scenario. What happens when you escape being murdered by your past self and take off for parts unknown, without regard for the possible capture of your past self? Bad things. What happens when you upset the most powerful telekinetic on the planet whose power is about several thousand times that of everyone else? Bad things. Superbly used...and superbly done.
TAKING A DEEPER LOOK:
|"What's all this discussion about Big Bird, now?"|
A complex young boy with a chilling secret.
TP: Well Vader, there are more holes in the plot of this film than are in Swiss cheese but none of them came to mind while sitting in the theater... just upon reflection. Because of this, the chatter about this movie may exceed that of Prometheus. Many elements were never explained, and probably should have been, at least in passing. I’m not going to rip through all the holes, but instead share what touched me the most. Old Joe is eliminating possible future versions of Cid, in hopes of altering his recent past. This means he has to seek out, and murder children. This very subject is disturbing and the way the movie deals with it is profound. No child violence is shown...but the allusion to it is powerful enough to move me emotionally. How bad is the world of tomorrow that risking killing innocent children today is the answer? The heartbreak of Old Joe is masterfully conveyed as he realizes immediately, because of an unchanged timeline, that the children he’s killed where really innocent. Even with all this...and the fact that Joe, throughout his life, has been a vile criminal, can still illicit empathy is a testament to the character writing and acting interpretation.
|"I said decaff–!" Joe goes off... on himself?|
TP: I don’t see anywhere in this that they can, or should make a sequel. Some movies are best left as they are, and this is certainly one of those films Vader.
THE PONTIFICATOR Rates Looper: Great action, interesting premiss, despite the gaping plot holes, and profound critical thinking after the fact make this film a refreshing endeavor and worthy of the time spent watching it. Thirty years from now, I’ll come back in time and give it seven (7) busted blocks.