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Looper: Review

The film is set in the not-so-distant future, (2044), and the premise is that in 2074 mobsters will use time travel to dispose of perpetrators from the future. The persons who dispose of these perps are hired guns known as ‘Loopers.’ Basically the rest of the movie entails Bruce Willis running around being his typical Bruce Willis-type character and Joseph Gordon-Levitt doing the same thing… running around being Bruce Willis.

I’ll explain. In today’s day and age, computer-generated imagery (CGI) is an accepted and anticipated art form in modern film. However, in Looper, the director, Rian Johnson takes this to a whole. ‘nother. level. When I say Joseph Gordon-Levitt runs around being Bruce Willis, I’m actually speaking more truth than you would initially think. CGI is used to actually modify Gordon-Levitt’s face to make him look more like Bruce Willis, who appears later in the film. I can describe this choice in one word: CREEPYASHELL. Seriously. I will give the artists credit for doing a good job on every other aspect of CGI rendering apart from this, as the dark noir design gave you a realistic enough vision of a very American distopic city.

The plot certainly makes this film a mind-bender, keeping you guessing all the while. When compared to a mind-bending masterpiece like Inception, this film doesn’t match it. That said, it does keep the viewer guessing all the while, and the surprise ending is drawn out until the very last moments when the whole movie comes together. Still unconvinced? I’ve linked the trailer below so you can judge for yourself whether or not this film sparks your interest.

Overall, if I were to gauge looper on a scale from ‘run to the theatre now!’ to ‘read a book instead’ This film would definitely be ‘wait ’til it hits Netflix.’

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