Watched Oct 20, 2012
Charlie Derry’s review:
Oh boy, this was good. Looper has flown to the top of my favourite films this year as an all-round brilliant sci-fi that is exceptional on so many levels. With Johnson creating a brilliant dystopian future and futuristic setting, the whole look and feel of Looper is incredible. Not including too much technology to take the focus away from the story line, there are minimal changes to the setting which help to make the audience see this future as one almost believable.
The biggest quality of Looper, however, is the telekinesis sub-plot, as none of this could have been expected from the film’s promotion. Because of this, the plot has a depth to it that you wouldn’t expect, as I found myself constantly being surprised despite going into the cinema thinking I knew all that was going to happen. This part of the story also opens up some visually striking scenes of slow motion action, which looked absolutely fantastic.
Even the characters looked good, especially Joseph Gordon-Levit and Bruce Willis in the lead roles. The prosthetics used to make them look believable as the same character were brilliant and was such a small quality that added to the ever-growing focus on detail that Johnson took time to think about. Both actors give solid performances, each of them suiting their roles incredibly well. Emily Blunt, as well, is great, but her and JGL definitely needed more chemistry, or a chance for their chemistry to fly at least, as the lack of emotion here would be my only real flaw.
The real star of this film, however, is the child actor (Pierce Gagnon), who give such a strong performance for someone of his age. This is where the film could have gone terribly wrong if this character didn’t give the effect that Gagnon created with his flawless acting. What did put me of a little though was that the actor was only five years old when he was acting as a ten-year-old. This may emphasise the child actor’s brilliant performance, but an age gap this big didn’t work visually.
On a whole, Looper was powerful from start to finish, leaving a huge impression on me, from the scene where a man’s limbs disappear making my stomach knot to the film’s end which even made me shed a tear; that was something I certainly didn’t expect, and for that reason I was tremendously impressed.