Lost in Time

Looper (2012)     ★★★★ 1/2

Written & Directed by Rian Johnson (FilmDistrict)

https://i2.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/0a/Looper_poster.jpgAll things considered, please allow me to keep my review of Looper rather concise. Writer/director Rian Johnson’s third film is not only terrific sci-fi, but as of yet, my favorite film of the year behind Beasts of the Southern Wild. Especially for the first hour, Johnson’s screenplay is so packed with narrative tricks and stylistic boldness, it simply takes one’s breath away. Backed by impressive set design, the intricacies of his self-created world implement heady plot elements, pulpy action, dark humor, a touch of romance, impressive cinematography, sheer ingenuity, and inspiration from other great works of science-fiction.

Although the film continues to lose steam as it reaches its not-too-shocking (yet still satisfactory) conclusion, Looper is a crafty picture that thrills simply on the sensibilities of its killer style, charming those who love movies through a blessed exercise in creativity. And as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt enact the principle characters with warmth and conviction, Johnson’s film becomes a thought-provoking allegory for humanity being caught in one giant loop, making the same mistakes again, again, and again. Additionally, the filmmaker’s interpretation of time travel (which manages to be both direct and subjective) provides the chance to make a momentous “correction” within the narrative. To a less ludicrous extent, our own present also offers plenty of these opportunities; those to benefit our current time, and most importantly, build toward a future where empathy is a feasible alternative to self-actualization.



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