‘Looper’ Clip: Bruce Willis Isn’t Interested in Time Travel

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:01 pm,

Writer-director Rian Johnson has secured a cult following thanks to his innovative high school Noir-mystery Brick and quirky caper flickĀ The Brothers Bloom. However, the first clip from his sci-fi thriller, Looper, illustrates that Johnson’s cinematic art isn’t just for the indie cinephile crowd; rather, it has appeal for film geeks of all shades.

Looper, for those just tuning in, revolves around Joe, a “hired gun” living in the present (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who executes targets sent back in time from a criminal organization that exists 30 years in the future. It’s just business as usual, until Joe encounters a target that he recognizes as his future self (Bruce Willis); when his older self escapes, young Joe sets out to finish the job.

The above Looper clip comes from a scene where the two Joes meet at a diner, each with their own agenda (Willis’ motivation has been kept secret throughout marketing). Their relationship is a riff on the classic movie pairing of a seasoned professional with a young upstart, who reminds the old man of himself. The mind-bending twist here is that young Joe is literally the splitting image of old Joe.

Time-travel, as demonstrated here, makes things complicated fast. Johnson keeps the film’s momentum going by having Old Joe refuse to discuss the finer details; as Willis puts it (with an air of self-awareness), he doesn’t want to spend the whole day “making diagrams with straws.” Hence, we get a fun moment where Old Joe teaches his younger self a lesson in humility, before the chase begins again.

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In other words, Looper doesn’t appear to repeat the mistake of the Matrix sequels – where extended scenes of sci-fi philosophical talk are coupled together with several minutes of nonstop action, resulting in a film with an overall herky-jerky pacing. Instead, the moral dilemmas and thought-provoking questions inherent to the concept of time travel are present, but left for viewers to analyze.

That seems to allow Looper to work as a fun thriller for moviegoers in the mood for guns-blazing action, but also offer entertainment for the intellectual sci-fi crowd. Total Recall recently aimed for a similar mix of brains and brawn, but came up short (it’s much heavier on style than substance). Looper looks to pull that act off with greater ease – andĀ help to make Johnson more of a household name.

Looper opens in theaters around the U.S. on September 28th, 2012.

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Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. I can’t get over how unlike JGL, JGL looks. He does kinda look like Bruce in this., his nose, eyes, upper eyelid. It doesn’t scream of Bruce, but he just has little nuances that seem very Bruce.

    Good job on the prosthetics.

  2. This is looking good.

  3. Can’t wait!!!