Thursday, December 6, 2012

Looper (2012): A drama with sci-fi aspects, and one of the best films of the year.

Rian Johnson's Looper is vivaciously original, undeniably futuristic,  and surprisingly human. Joesph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, and young child actor Pierce Gagnon fire on all cylinders, and make what could've been this year's Source Code into an undeniably important template for sci-fi films in the years to come.

The story starts off with Gordon-Levitt narrating what 2044 will present to us. It will have Loopers, time travelers from 2074 as hired assassins to kill mafia targets of the 30 years ahead. To retire a looper, the future self is sent to 2044 and killed by their past self. This happens to Gordon-Levitt's Joe, and his older self (Bruce Willis) flees.

Old Joe explains of a mob boss called the Rainmaker, who's evil in 2074 has inspired Old Joe to warn young Joe when his loop is closing. Old Joe has a list of three young children who could potentially be the Rainmaker. It just so happens that reluctant young Joe meets the Rainmaker, and Old Joe is out potentially killing two innocent children.

I don't want to dig to deep into details, but the performances by Emily Blunt as a tough-as-nails midwestern farmer woman and debut actor Pierce Gagnon are simply amazing. Take notes Thomas Horn (Extremely Loud), this is how kids should act: natural.

Joesph Gordon-Levitt should be given some serious awards consideration as the drug-addicted looper Joe, who is shady and imperfect, which only lets us as the viewer connect with him more. The writing by Rian Johnson is what could've been a cliche, but instead powerful.

What lets Looper standout of the crowd from other sci-fi is the reality it all. Joining the ranks of Inception, Looper is one of the best sci-fi films made, and one of the best films of 2012.

3.5/4 Stars

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