Saw Rian Johnson’s sci-fi action flick “Looper” opening night. I have to say, this is a PERFECT FILM.
Rian Johnson’s past credits include his first feature film, a festival favorite starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “Brick,” and two noteworthy episodes of AMC’s “Breaking Bad.” A graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Rian has positively blown the sci-fi action genre out of the water and raced ahead of Inception and Minority Report as the quintessential science fiction story post-Blade Runner.
With a similar concept to Minority Report involving preventing crime through time-travel (in MR’s case, via the precogs), Looper pokes fun at several overused sci-fi elements in a very tongue-in-cheek manner that delights new and old fans of the genre alike. Anytime a character is forced to explain the consequences of time-travel, fans often enjoy a humorous monologue filled with confusing drawn out timelines and alternate universes. Johnson opted to take a short cut out of any sort of explanation and just simply told a great story.
Encompassing several elements that makes a film a masterpiece, there are touching moments of passion, a mother’s love, a man’s desire to find that kind of love in a woman, plenty of Bruce Willis-friendly action packed gun toting chase scenes, and Yes, this film is science fiction in genre, but for the first time in nearly 15 years (Matrix-era) we are not clouded by an overuse of special effects. This is ultimately refreshing for an over exposed to CGI audience (Prometheus, Avatar etc). I was a big fan of Zowie Bowie’s (Duncan Jones) “Moon” because of it’s use of models and old school technology. CGI can certainly clutter up a great film.
I appreciated the moments where the lead character Joe, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was trying to connect with the prostitute, Suzie (played by Piper Perabo). Piper pulled off an excellent “cold-hearted” working girl in the classic “Man tries to find real love in a brothel” sequence. Nice touch.
THE OSCAR GOES TO child actor, PIerce Gagnon for his very challenging role of “Cid” the son of Emily Blunt’s character, Sara, who plays the mother of the potential unseen villain that alters Joe’s future self. This child is destined for wonderful things, in the same way we knew Dakota Fanning was going to blow up. Hold onto your hats because this kid will blow you away with his highly detailed performed at such a young age. Actors, time to go back to school!
All in all, I am VERY excited to see what’s next for Rian Johnson. He clearly has shown us that he knows what’s up when it come to the genre. I only hope that he continues to redefine what we can expect from sci-fi feature films to come. *It’s About Time.* Nolan, time to move over 😉