Looper isn't the biggest blockbuster movie in the Hollywood pipeline, but it's definitely one of the most interesting. I was lucky enough to check out the Looper panel at Comic-Con 2012 and got a sneak peek at some of the scenes from the upcoming movie. The verdict? Very positive.
- VIDEO: Looper Official Trailer
Looper tells the story of a future world where time travel is used mainly for assassinations. In the future, it's nearly impossible to dispose of a body, so if you want to kill someone, you send him back in time, where a trained assassin, called a Looper, pulls the trigger, and disposes of the body. That works out great, until a Looper meets his future self, and can't bring himself to pull the trigger.
It's an intricate idea, from the great Rian Johnson, director of the movie Brick, and it stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt and Bruce Willis. Blunt and Gordon-Levitt were on hand at Comic-Con to talk about the movie, as was director Johnson. Sadly, Bruce Willis was shooting another picture.
The panel discussed how a movie like Looper comes together, with Gordon-Levitt and Johnson both saying they've wanted to work together since Brick, and Johnson pointing out that although Looper is a much "bigger" movie than Brick, the process of making it wasn’t that different from a smaller flick.
"It's always good to make movies with your friends," Johnson said, and added an interesting point about the nature of moviemaking. "At the end of the day, if you're making a movie with a video camera and your friends, or you're making a movie like Looper, it's basically the same," Johnson said.
"The important thing isn't the size of the budget or even how many people see it," Gordon-Levitt added. "What's important is the intention of the filmmaker. Some movies are made where the goal is just to make money, but to me, that's not interesting.”
As for Looper itself, Gordon-Levitt's performance as a young Bruce Willis was never meant to be a mimic kind of thing. According to Levitt, he tried to internalize Willis. "I just tried to do something that made sense to me and felt real. I watched all his movies. I took the audio from his movies and put them on my iPod."
From the footage shown at Comic-Con, Looper is going to turn many heads. It's a smart, stylish science fiction thriller with interesting dialogue and fantastic performances from some of the best actors alive. Unlike a movie like Primer, Looper uses time travel to set up an interesting situation, but the movie isn't about time travel, instead it's about characters attempting to deal with an extraordinary circumstances, and the emotional fallout of meeting your future self. Like Levitt said, that's much more interesting than making money, any day.
Looper will be out in theaters on September 28, 2012.