By Brian Hall
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, star of the film “Looper,” said of the film’s writer/director, Rian Johnson, that one day he’ll be mentioned in the same breath as Christopher Nolan and Steven Spielberg. High praise for sure but seeing as how Levitt’s worked with all three, he must know what he’s talking about. And the footage we saw from “Looper” certainly looks to be the work of a filmmaker who has a specific vision and knows how to execute it.
“Looper” takes place in a not-so-distant future where time travel exists, but is illegal. A further 30 years or so from then, the mob is using time travel to get rid of its victims by sending them to the film’s present to be quickly disposed of by Loopers – men waiting for the time traveling victims to appear in their own time so they can immediately blow them away with futuristic looking shot guns. But what if one of the people sent back for you to kill was your future self? And what if your future self got away in your present? Let’s just say that judging by the footage we saw, this looks to be an exciting and unique blend of sci-fi and action, sprinkled with some musings on morality.
Levitt’s future self is played by Bruce Willis and he said that in order to play a younger version of Willis he endured three hours of make up a day and listened to audio he’d stripped from Willis’ films and put into his iPod. He also elaborated on placing Johnson beside the likes of Spielberg and Nolan saying that the three directors were similar in many ways, not the least of which being that their passion for films and filmmaking were to a degree far beyond other directors he’s worked with.
Levitt and Johnson have a history together as Levitt starred in Johnson’s debut film “Brick.” They clearly have an affection for each other and an enthusiasm for the film they’ve made together.
And on a TV related note, Johnson confirmed that he would be returning to helm another episode of “Breaking Bad” for its final season.
“Looper” opens on Sept. 28.