Saturday, January 5, 2013

Looper: What Sci-Fi Can Be


           Science Fiction isn't what it used to be, which is a good thing.  Once relegated to the sidelines of pop culture, science fiction films and shows have evolved and grown in their relevance and grit.  Looper, the 2012 film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis as Joe, plays with a grim future where assassins are drafted to kill men of the future, only to eventually kill themselves and close the loop.  Levitt plays the younger Joe who struggles to kill his older self, played by Willis.  Looper questions the possibilities and limitations of time travel while demonstrating how choices truly shape the a life and a man.
          The film really picks up the stakes and pace during the second half, when young Joe hides out with a telekinetic young woman played by Emily Blunt and her son.  I won't give the dramatic second act away, but be ready for a truly powerful conclusion.  Looper is science fiction executed with intelligence, heart, and creativity. The falsest moment of the film doesn't involve any sci-fi at all.  It is when Bruce Willis takes down countless men alone.  Not super likely.  Beside that hiccup of cheese, Looper was an excellent example of the new wave of realistic science fiction films.  Catch Looper on dvd or bluray now.

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