Is LOOPER a moving, existential examination of one man confronting the consequences of his actions? Is it a kick-ass, science-fiction thriller that gets considerable, mind-freak mileage from its time-travel scenario? Or is it an overhyped, poorly-plotted bit of pretentious cool? Surprise, it’s all three! At least it is if you ask Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons, whose opinions diverge widely over this tale of a hard-boiled temporal hit-man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who’s charged with taking out his future self (Bruce Willis) and has to deal with the consequences when he botches the job. Time paradoxes are not the only things batted about in this lively conversation.
Then, Dan weighs in on a couple of home video releases: MUNGER ROAD and THE TALL MAN, and Steve cues us in on the horrific delights coming to L.A. repertory in honor of the upcoming Halloween festivities. Click on the player to hear the show.
TriStar Picture releases this film from DMG Entertainment, Endgame Entertainment, and Ram Bergman Productions. In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” – a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good… until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination.
The film is written and directed by Rian Johnson and also stars Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, and Jeff Daniels. Ram Bergman and James D. Stern produce.
Release Date: September 28