The success of Rian Johnson’s ‘Looper’ is great news for fans of wholly original movies, because the Sony-distributed, time travel-based hit is not based on a novel or comic book or toy or anything else, and hopefully it is a harbinger of things to come. But that originality may spawn unoriginality as the success of the film may dictate a 'Looper 2.' Should there be a 'Looper 2?' Could there be a 'Looper 2?' We investigate.
Sony has been doing a bang-up job building awareness for Rian Johnson’s ‘Looper,’ which finally opens in theaters on Friday, September 28 after what feels like months of anticipation. Johnson and his team stopped at WonderCon, Comic-Con and helped open this year’s Toronto International Film Festival with his time-bending thriller. But you really haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen the new animated trailer for the film. Check it out below.
It’s hard to imagine the modern Hollywood action movie being the big, bawdy blockbuster it is without Bruce Willis’ influence. He took the average action movie star and turned them from the typical musclebound, humorless hero into a vulnerable, wisecracking smartass who could blow the enemy away and make at least three good jokes before their body hit the ground.
Bruce Willis in the CIA? The guy has -- on screen, that is -- been part of every other law enforcement organization in the world, so why not take a job with the most secretive one of all.
"Time travel has not yet been invented, but thirty years from now it will have been."
Our lives are tapestries woven together out of strands of choice. But who sews the strands together: us or a higher power?
Beneath the sci-fi gadgetry and special effects, this is what time travel movies are all about: the nature of free will. Consider the elegantly constructed sentence above. "Time travel has not yet been invented" -- suggesting an open future shaped by men -- "but thirty years from now it will have been" -- not "will be," suggesting a future already carved in stone by an unseen but omnipotent hand.
The complexity of that sentence, uttered several times throughout the brilliant new time travel movie 'Looper' reflects the complexity of the film, which is as thorough and as thrilling an exploration of the philosophical issues around time travel as has ever been put to screen. It's also an incredibly suspenseful sci-fi noir. In other words: it's pretty damn good.
Stars making fun of their image on late night talk shows is nothing new, but there's something special about watching a macho tough guy like Bruce Willis skewer himself for night owl television audiences. On last night's Late Show with David Letterman, Willis claimed to have a clip from the recently wrapped fifth 'Die Hard' film (titled 'A Good Day to Die Hard'), but it was really...well, just scroll on down and see for yourself.
The concept of time travel is absolutely fascinating, and we wish that we could do it one day (you know, to kill Hitler, buy a hoverboard, etc.). But with time travel comes the possible consequences of running into your future or past self. That's the case in this brand new clip for 'Looper.'
It's sort of like that Spice Girls song '2 Become 1,' only Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are there and the wonderful Rian Johnson directs. And there's not actually any singing, except for in our brains. Check out the latest poster from 'Looper,' which reminds us that we still can't wait to see it.