Friday, September 7, 2012

TIFF 2012: Looper Goes Back to the Future For New Thrills

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Josehp Gordon-Levitt (left) and Bruce Willis (right) play the same man with different agendas in Looper.
  • George Prentice
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (left) and Bruce Willis (right) play the same man with different agendas in Looper.

Looper, original as it is entertaining, kicked off the Toronto International Film Festival Sept. 6 to more than a few journalists saying, "Wow, that was much better than I expected."

When programmers chose the science fiction thriller to launch the 2012 edition of TIFF, they were greeted with some sketpticism. But Looper—a blistering story reminiscent of Blade Runner, Terminator and even The Omen—shines with substance.

"Science fiction films are like magic tricks," co-star Bruce Willis told a Toronto press conference (including Boise Weekly) Sept. 6. "So I was suprised that the trick worked in Looper."

Did it ever. Looper is a high-concept film from the get-go. So-called "loopers" are hired assassins that kill individuals that are sent from the future back in time to be murdered (get it?). But eventually, every Looper ends up killing an older version of himself (to tie up any loose ends), and is paid handsomely to live the next 20 years with extreme wealth, in spite of the fact that they know how and when they'll die in the future (still got it?). But Looper begins with a twist and keeps adding thought-provoking twists.

"There's still hope ahead," co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt told BW and the world press. "I'm still an optimist."

Gordon-Levitt and Willis have good reason to be optimistic about Looper's box office. When it opens to a global audience later this fall, it is sure to get great reviews.

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