Hello! Apologies for not posting in a while, I’ve been living up my summer…A.K.A. Binge watching Dexter on Netflix … Whoops! But anyway, I am back and ready to review!
Today is another of my top films, it is an action/sci-fi hybrid starring the gorgeous Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. It was made in 2012 and directed by Rian Johnson.
I present to you …
Now the narrative’s a little tricky to explain but I’ll try my best. The film is set in the future and time travel is yet to be invented and when it is, is only available on the black market. Joe’s character who I believe is actually called Joe works for the mob and is a looper. A looper is basically a hit-man and when the mob wants rid of a looper they ‘close their loop’ by sending their future self back in time to be killed by their younger self. Then the looper is given a grand payday and 30 years to live. Joe is doing well and making lots of money and one day his ‘loop is closed’ when his older self (Brucey) is sent back to him. But Brucey is clever and gets away to carry out a mission of his own. Then from here it all kicks off and goes down. I shan’t reveal any more so I don’t give anything away!
So – my take on it – it’s awesome. When I’ve spoken to people about it though, hardly any people have heard of it which saddens me as it’s so, so good! It needs more recognition.
Joe plays a young Brucey and does it excellently; his interpretation of a younger Bruce is on top form. To achieve this Bruce recorded all of Joe’s lines and Joe learnt to mimic them all (perfectly I may add). Bruce’s character is dark and moody which makes things exciting as we see him battling with Joe for what each of them think is right. Emily Blunt plays a strong, independent woman (go girl!) who can handle herself and take on anyone who threatens her. The actor who plays her son is adorable and is a great actor for such a young kid.
The film has a balance of the future and our world today which makes it believable and more realistic in my opinion. I’m not a huge fan of films where the ‘future’ is full of flying cars and everything’s made of sterile, shiny metal. Rian’s impression of the future is realistic, which I like.
Special effects are always tricky and can make a film go from a 10 to a 2. But they are flawless in Looper. The scene I’ve posted at the end of the review demonstrates how good they are and is part of what makes the futuristic approach believable.
The soundtrack is also awesome. It’s all recordings of machines or objects made of metal and combined to make music. It gives the film vast amounts of tension and again fits in with it’s time setting.
Check out this clip:
Looper deserves a 10, no doubt about it. Please please watch it. It’ll give you the shivers, make your hair stand up on end and mess with your emotions. Watch it watch it watch it!