Scrambler Watches: Looper.
Here is the latest installment of everyone's favourite super-occasional, highly biased and often wildly inaccurate movie and film review section, 'Scrambler Watches'. Today, we're talking Looper, and straight off the bat, early (editor's note: quite late) pick for Film of the Year.
For those who have somehow missed the advertising (which seems to be fucking EVERYWHERE in Sydney, including at the airport: who gets off a flight and thinks 'That's what I need: MORE MOVIES! Fuck the harbour, to Hoyts!'), Looper is a science fiction film set in 2044, and also (kind of) 2074. The film deals with time travel and assassins (BONER ALERT): basically, the mob (who control the time travel devices) send back people they want offed, and as soon as they return, they are executed by a 'Looper', who then disposes of the body, therefore removing the victim from the future timeline. Looper's have a pretty sweet life, with one catch: at some point, they'll execute their own future self, and start a 30 year countdown until their own death. Joesph Gordon-Levitt (in heavy make up) plays the young Looper Joe, while Bruce Willis plays the older version of Joe.
Still with me? Don't worry: it's complicated, but unlike most time travel films, it doesn't get caught up in the science (in fact, at one memorable point, Old Joe angrily berates Young Joe for bringing it up, saying he doesn't want to be at the table all day explaining things with straws). This is important: it's fun for the nerdy McNerderson film nerds (*stands up, bows, trips over, falls into pie*), but it's also awesome for people who just want to see a mindfuckingly good film.
In his review, Vince Mancini points out that that "Rian Johnson [the director] wants to blow your mind. And my mind, like my wiener, likes getting blown. Even if they trip up here or there, we need filmmakers who are trying to blow your mind (especially ones that can do it while still having fun) to maintain film as a vital medium, one that can accomplish things that other mediums can’t."
I couldn't agree more. This film is a totally original concept executed beautifully (the cinematography is stunning), and the acting is first rate. Gordon-Levitt (in heavy make up) does a solid young-Bruce Willis impression, Bruce is Bruce (hardcore, looks confused), Emily Blunt is great (as always, I'm learning) and the real find is Pierce Gagnon, who plays the little boy Sid to PERFECTION. He is the ultimate child actor, perfectly balancing cute and TERRIFYING, which is crucial to the whole film.
I absolutely adored this film, despite how full of food I was (editors note: highly unrelated). Drop everything, go see it now.
4.5 Vintage Mazda MX5s out of 5.