Preparing for Looper, his third film after Brick and The Brothers Bloom, writer-director Rian Johnson has begun to spill more details on the enigmatic film that there have been seemingly little details about. All we really know is that it is sci-fi, involves time travel, and will likely star Brick lead Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which would reunite the filmmaker and the star. And now, we’re beginning to learn more from Johnson himself.
Speaking to Cinematical (via The Playlist), Johnson discussed some details regarding plot and the reason for which time travel is being used. His quote is that the movie “involves a group of killers (called Loopers) who work for a crime syndicate in the future. Their bosses send their targets hogtied and blindfolded back in time to the Loopers, and their job is simply shoot them in the head and dispose of the body. So the target vanishes from the future and the Loopers dispose of a corpse that doesn’t technically exist, a very clean system. Complications set in from there.” He didn’t say much else regarding the movie, but for the moment we’ll all have to maintain a modicum of patience as Looper is still a few years off.
I admittedly wasn’t the biggest fan of either Brick or The Brothers Bloom (the former is okay, the latter is excellent up until a very weak final twenty minutes, downgrading it to “pretty good”), but I find myself excited for Looper because of the great potential in the concept, and, despite my lack of love for his first two movies, I think Johnson is an incredible talent, and with Gordon-Levitt and the two teaming up again, I know that it would be foolish to not have a fair amount of hope for this film. Johnson’s Achilles heel, in my opinion, is his screenwriting, but with two films under his belt, the second being better than the first, maybe we will finally see the great filmmaker surely under the surface.
What do you think about Johnson’s comments? Are you excited for Looper?
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