Saturday, September 29, 2012

LOOPER - qed proscribed

Looper, the latest attempt at narrative time travel, was a welcome surprise. The story didn't quite proceed the way I expected from the trailer and that is almost always a good thing. 

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, stars as the looper, the man who executes people from the future sent through a primitive time machine. He kills those that his crime organization affiliates deem no longer worthy of breath. This organization ties up their loose ends. They send the older loopers themselves back to their younger selves to be killed, thereby guaranteeing a rich but brief 30 year lifespan. Bruce Willis is the older Gordon-Levitt. We can surmise all of this from the trailer. What I didn't expect, however, was the telekinetic mutants. 

TK people, as they are known, have come to find themselves with, a new to the human race, ability to levitate small objects through telekinetic powers. It apparently stems from a genetic mutation probably caused by cosmic rays. (my guess anyway) This ability has become a banality to the masses and just a basic conjurers trick by most standards, except—that is—for one very special boy. This young child of uncanny weirdness turned out to be an excellent casting choice. He was so convincing and disturbing. He befriends the titular looper only to find himself hunted by the older version because in the future he will kill his wife. Scifi action ensues. I don't want to give much else away of the story. 

The futuristic gadgets felt accurate and well placed like the near holographic computers, hover bike and small square cellphones. The time travel actually made sense to me and was not unnecessarily complicated. That is a rarity. There is a very odd sense of humor running in tandem to the characters as well. All in all, a decent film. 

Recommended Viewing: Primer - Safety Not Guaranteed - Back To The Future

              Bob Scale: The Critic: 7.9   -   The Fan: 8.4
             MetaCritic: 87
 Rotten Tomatoes: 93
                    IMDB: 8.5

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