I loved “Looper,” Rian Johnson’s new sci-fi action film about a man hunting his future self. It sounds like it could get confusing, but writer/director Rian Johnson does a fantastic job of letting the plot unfold in front of you, and not getting mired in all of the potential pitfalls of a time-travel story.
Here’s an excerpt from my review:
Right from the start, one of the most impressive achievements in the film is Gordon-Levitt’s uncanny, spot-on performance as a younger version of Willis. While the makeup and prosthetics worn by Gordon-Levitt certainly make the leap from younger to older Joe a little easier to believe, make no mistake: it’s the younger actor’s performance that seals the deal. Gordon-Levitt manages to capture every nuance of Willis’ speaking pattern, accent, and mannerisms — even his laugh. In the end, the practical effects that make him look like Willis are only a finishing touch.
Willis, on the other hand, is his usual tough-guy self, though he does manage to bring some depth to the character that makes “Old Joe” more than just a squinting, gun-toting brute. In fact, there’s just enough emotional substance there to make you uncertain which version of Joe you’re really supposed to root for in this story.
You can read the rest of my “Looper” review at IFC.com.