Go And See Looper!
Hey, go and see Looper.
I mean it: Go and see Looper.
You might not enjoy it. You might even hate it. In fact, so many good things have been said about it by so many reliable outlets of wisdom that by now it's almost certain that, at the very least, you'll be disappointed.
If it was doomed upon being declared “this century's Matrix”, that it's now drinking from the poisoned chalice that is the IMDB number one spot I know to be enough for it to be outright blacklisted in the eyes of many.
But never mind. Go and see Looper. If you have any respect for cinema, go and see Looper.
Why? Because Looper is not a sequel. Nor is it a remake. It's not even an adaptation of an existing and already-popular franchise.
It's directed by the same person who wrote it. At no point does it feel like this film was designed to make money. Rather, it feels like it was made because a group of people wanted to tell a story.
More than that, though. They also wanted you to be entertained and to entertain some deep-seated notions concerning cause and effect; Machiavellian politics and telekinesis; selflessness vs. the self. They wanted to excite and enthrall; to move you with their liquid mind bullets squirted directly into the eye.
And, as far as I'm concerned, they succeeded on every count.
You might disagree. And if you did, ace! Let's have a conversation.
The important thing is that this film gets watched and that it gets watched at the cinema.
Because the more this film is watched, the harder it will be for those who sign the cheques to ignore some beautiful truths:
That people will still go and see something daring and unprecedented.
That something doesn't have to be safe and reliable in order to turn a profit.
I really enjoyed Looper. However, I am willing to attribute a large portion of my enjoyment to the feeling I had throughout – that films like this don't come along as often as they should.
Would that they did! Would that they did.
And that's why you should go and see Looper.