Looper 4/4 a movie review

September 27, 2012 by James Berardinelli - Reelviews
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Looper is a tremendous motion picture experience. Not merely a “very good” one, but a great one…writes James Berardinelli.

It delivers on all possible levels and its missteps are few and minor. It’s a rousing science fiction/fantasy tale with a dose of hard-hitting drama, an edgy approach that denies Hollywood’s penchant for formula, and a smart script that was crafted with care and an attention to detail. For writer/director Rian Johsnson, Looper represents a worthy follow-up to his earlier offbeat efforts, Brick and The Brothers Bloom. It’s the best title on an impressive filmography.

Time travel is a fantasy concept and, as such, is subject only to the rules imposed upon it by a writer. Most filmmakers who elect to employ it resort to clichés and don’t spend a lot of time carefully considering the implications of paradoxes. This is not the case with Looper. Although Johnson’s interpretation of time travel cannot be said to be any more “realistic” than any other, it feels that way. There are rules that the screenplay does not violate. More importantly, it doesn’t resort to “twists” that have become so commonplace that they are no longer surprising.


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