Film Watch – 297. Looper

looperFast Facts

Title: Looper
Director: Rian Johnson
Year: 2012
Run time: 1hr 59m

Background Info

Time travel!! We’ve been waiting for this one for a while, mostly from the very first moment we set eyes on the trailer and saw Bruce Willis appear from nowhere. Sold! It’s taken a while, but we finally got round to watching it, and revelling in the time travel goodness.

Live Blog

1:12 – Cor, French verb tables. That takes me back.
5:58 – Are we really going to have mutated in just thirty years?
9:30 – This seems like a really boring job.
13:37 – LENS FLARE RAGE.
14:45 – I cannot hear three knocks anymore without thinking “Penny.”
20:28 – “I’m from the future, you should go to China.”
28:37 – Why didn’t they put a hood on him? Is it just so we could see it was Bruce?
32:54 – I quite like speed movie-ing!
38:23 – it’s definitely noodling my mind but I like it. Mmm, time travel.
44:47 – If Bruce shouts it doesn’t matter, then the time travel explanation DOESN’T MATTER.
51:19 – He’s fighting the bad guys and himself.
57:07 – I feel really bad for that minion. Is that meant to happen?
1:07:16 – Dude, I wouldn’t have thought even Bruce could get away with shooting kids.
1:16:40 – There is surely only one acceptable response to “you’re not my mother!”
1:28:13 – Awesome idea to have protective man come running at the push of a button and/or frog.
1:34:40 – That was some epic kid rage.
1:40:23 – Argh, I thought they’d put the minion out of his misery. I can’t stand it!
1:48:11 – The child somehow manages to switch between crazy cute and crazy terrifying.

Conclusions

Overall, I really enjoyed it. Lens flare aside, it was beautiful to look at, arty but not overly so. The acting was great, dialogue strong, and the concept a great one. I’ve seen heaps of complaints about plot holes and paradoxes, but mostly I can put those aside and enjoy the story.

In fact, my only two complaints in terms of plot holes are thus – 1) The premise of the film is about murder being very difficult in the future, but the clean-up chaps waste no time in killing Bruce’s wife and 2) When Joseph G-L turns up at the farm, he’s having withdrawal but a glass of water and he’s fine. That’s a good kind of drug!

It was a bit dark in places, a bit violent on occasion, but mostly a good film, an intriguing way of spending two hours.

Rating: 4/5

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