Monday, 5 November 2012


The follow-up to the follow-up to Brick, Looper sees Rian Johnson stray out of writing and directing thrillers into a half-thriller half-thoughtful SF movie. Still plenty of slang and inappropriate machismo, but then it slows in pace dramatically, some of the worldbuilding pays off, and it becomes sort of a thinking person’s (time-travel action movie redacted as spoiler).

The worldbuilding is a nice balance of the totally necessary and the there just for style, and while you can make some educated guesses you might not spot which is which to begin with.

The mechanics of time travel (rare and a closed shop, and it affects memories as well as retro-affecting bodies) are interesting and consistent, even if some of them seem a stretch to my way of thinking how it “could” work.

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