Looper sees Joseph Gordon Levitt collaborate for a second time with director Rian Johnson, their last project together was the brilliant, Brick. Bringing on board some more star power in the form of Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt and switching his highly intelligent script writing skills to the genre of sci-fi this film had a hell of a lot going for it. Not to mention a multitude of five star reviews from all over the place. So come opening night, this Friday, I was very excited to go and see what all the fuss was about.
It started off very intriguingly the idea of the looper is maybe not the most original but with Johnson’s writing it feels fresh and the plot build up is very good. But overall, the film never actually goes much further. The story revolves around a boy with Telekinesis or ‘TK’ as it’s become known in the future, a mutation that a small section of the population have developed. This little boy has it a lot stronger than most but the whole process of how this condition came to be is never even spoken about let alone explained and this leads to it being quite hard to care about. The first half is so much better than the first as the character of Gordon Levitt and his job as a Looper is so much more fleshed out than that of the TK. It’s worth pointing out at this point that, if you don’t know already, Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis actually play the same character, Willis being from even further in the future, and they’ve attempted to make up Gordon Levitt to look a bit more like Willis and, I think, have done a pretty good job even if it is slightly weird to look at.
The plot ticks along nicely and it really is a very gripping story but the main problem is that it never fully gets going. As far as I can remember there aren’t any really big action set-pieces which is slightly odd for something billed as an action film. Total Film’s comparison to The Matrix is completely ridiculous, Looper isn’t even in the same division as the sci-fi that changed everything. It is, unfortunately, very middle of the road, doing very little to separate itself from the constant Hollywood output of 12A sci-fi actioners that are big on budget but small on ideas.
While it’s not that bad a film it nowhere near lives up to it’s hype and that makes it seem a lot worse than it would’ve been had I gone with no expectations but nonetheless it’s really not all it’s cracked up to be.