Looper is a silly film. Watching it is like watching your ultra-creative friend present their final project in class. They’re lobbing all kinds of things at the wall, only some of which stick, and most have nothing to do with the assignment. But they’re having fun and so is the class. And inevitably the teacher is loath to give them a bad grade because at least they’re trying to be creative.
Rian Johnson, Looper’s director, is trying very hard to be creative. Not trusting the strength of his premise, he attempts to give you two films for the price of one and sprinkles in some slapstick just for kicks. The first is a science fiction film about assassins and time travel.… Read the rest