Looper is another time-shift film that is purposefully hard to follow and is probably the product of Rian Johnson’s presumed hours of misspent youth thinking about time travel and all the possible inconsistencies that make it, indeed, an impossibility. In this case the setup is a touch of Terminator….in search of a young boy (think John Connor) to….terminate…in order to eliminate a terrible tyrant of the future (a bad guy rather than a machine killer). The other setup is about future versions of assassins coming back to face their inner assassin. If it sounds a bit same old same old….it is it is.
What is it with Hollywood heavyweights? I guess it’s the same as with Hedge Fund heavyweights…stay with the arbitrage that everyone knows and likes rather than take a chance on something new and potentially really productive. To pad the trade and try to lock in success, bring in some big name talent. In this case, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano and Jeff Daniels. This is the Inception of The Adjustment Bureau as we Matrix our way to The Time Traveller’s Wife.
The point is, I found this all simultaneously confusing and boring. That’s actually hard to do all at once with great stars to boot, but this film manages it.