Okay. This was awesome.
I love JGL ever since ‘500 Days of Summer’ and I think that he really topped himself in this movie. So basically, instead of making a movie-post, I’m gonna actor-post your ass. On a second thought, I don’t really know enough about Gordon-Levitt’s acting career prior to his role as Tom in ‘500 days’ (yeah yeah, 3rd rock from the sun. I haven’t really watched that. I was too busy following Dawson’s Creek’s playlist).
So back to ‘Looper’. Visually – It’s an amazing movie. It opens with a magnificent scene of a man (Joe, played by JGL, only looks more manly than JGL) standing in an open field, waiting. waiting to kill a person which had been sent from the future blindfolded and handcuffed, because in the future (so far as 2072) – it’ll be impossible to get assassinated since the tracking devices will be too smart (I seriously don’t understand how the writer didn’t use 2084). This scene is intense, and the tension keeps building up.
Why ‘looper’? When the looper’s contract ends, his old self is teleported to that empty field, blindfolded and handcuffed and ‘the loop is closed’. But not Joe; Old Joe (played by Bruce did-someone-say-Armageddon Willis) had his wife killed in 2072, and so, when he gets the chance to enter the time machine, he tricks young Joe into keeping him alive. So now they both run from the mobs, since a looper MUST finish what he’d started, especially when it’s his own life on the line.
I love time travel movies. It doesn’t have to be a time-travel-teleport-sci-fi kind of movie. It’s enough to watch Ki-Duk Kim’s movies in order to understand that time extends to more than just sci-fi genre. But.. I won’t do it. I won’t write about time travel; as old Joe puts it: “I don’t want to talk about time travel because if we start talking about it then we’re going to be here all day talking about it, making diagrams with straws”.
So what’s the gist of this post? I don’t know. I guess it’s in simply enjoying a good movie. A movie which has raised the most obvious and ordinary questions of time & space; however, created it with great imagination & visualization, managed to attract the audience, fascinate it, shock it but nonetheless, make it giggle at witty inner jokes of its characters. Oh. and JGL. Seriously.
Not a must-watch, but for all of you philosophers\movie-lovers\couch potatoes out there – great way to kill an evening.