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(Dir. Rian Johnson, 2012)
The most distinguishing aspect of this film is the comparison to that of 1999's blockbuster The Matrix (Wachowski). In order to make such a comparison, I believe a level of requirement should be adhered to; i.e. is the cinematography of the same quality, sound, dialogue plot and character depth, these are all elements in which established The Matrix as an iconic film.
Looper (Johnson, 2012) admittedly has a strong degree of creativity in its plot, but what it lacks is the sense of clarity within the story narrative. First time viewers would be hard pressed to understand why certain people are being sent back to the past, loop holes being closed, and exactly who is from the future and who isn't. All films discussing the tropes of time travel have a difficult task of making it understandable to the viewers, and Looper is no exemption.
Main character Joe, played by Joseph Gorden-Levitt, is a man on the other side of the gun, not looking down the barrel, but indeed holding the barrel with his finger ready on the trigger. As the story unfolds we start to see this dimension twist, furthermore capturing Joe to be on the run from the very same people he was hired by; eventually becoming the guy looking down the barrel of a gun. The action is at times fast paced; plenty of blood, few sex scenes but plenty of guns – everything needed in a Hollywood sci-fi film.
Bolstering Bruce Willis in amongst the plethora of actors in Looper, brings forth a feeling of nostalgia as you reminiscence of 1997's hit movie Fifth Element (Besson) another sci-fi production, depicting Willis as the main character, Korben Dallas. Willis certainly adds a level of 'worthwhile' and stardom to Looper; his acting – alongside his fellow counterpart Joseph Gorden-Levitt, is succinct, in which enables the film to stay adrift from the wayside of failure.
If you enjoy such films as Jumper (Liman, 2008), The Matrix or Back to the Future (Zemeckis, 1985), then Looper will appeal to you. If you're not a sci-fi fan, then steer clear, Looper is a good film but far from a classic.