I have to tell you about this movie Looper, even if this is a Sunday and not a Friday Fun day. What is the use of blogging if I can’t ignore everything and focus on what I want to, right. So I have been waiting for this movie to come out for almost six months or so, ever since I saw the first trailer for it on YouTube or something. I was expecting a high adrenaline rush of a 90 minute shootout interspersed with some tense dialog, a witty catch phrase, and some sci-fi terminology thrown in for the nerd factor. Basically your average sci-fi movie, with a terrible plot and a whole lot of all the bad guys die. What I got was so much better than that. Honestly this movie ranked up there near Moon (2009, Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey) as one of the all time great and original science fiction movies in the last ten to fifteen years. Basically Levitt/Willis, is a looper. He is a hitman in the past who waits at a predertermined time and place for a person to be sent back to. They get sent back, he kills them, he gets paid. The future washes its hands and he goes out and gets high, and lives his hedonistic life. Well, then of course they send himself back to be killed by himself. Hilarity, death, destruction, and mayhem ensue.
Now I just know that some of you are going to go and see the movie and then say, in your clipped pretentious patrician accents, “Well Muffy, he is sooo wrong about this movie. It distinctly reminds me of the classic noir sci-fi films of the… blah blah blah.” Shut your hole, who cares. I am a pretty big cinemaphile and when I can’t think of what this might be a re-make of right off-hand, I tend to think, hey this might have some original ideas in it. You know what, it probably does mimic some other movies in some way or is a rip off of some art film that three of you saw at some independent theater in Oregon in 2007. I don’t care. I liked this movie, I am suggesting you might enjoy it too.
I am not going to spoil it for you other than to say this. Yes, Bruce Willis as always is a pretty big bad ass. He goes around killing with near impunity the way he does in most of his action movies. When you find a formula that works, stick with it. Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the other hand….was brilliant. First there was the makeup. Making him look like Willis was hard enough, but they managed to not only pull if off they managed to make you stop wondering about the makeup during the movie and just accept that he was a younger version of Willis. This was accomplished because Levitt apparently lived inside of Bruce for a year and a half. His squint, his eyebrow movement, the way he held his head or moved his arms, all of those things made him look like Bruce. It was uncanny. I was impressed.
What a brilliant film. Go see it now.