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Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Looper. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment.


Available from December 31 until April 29, 2013 on Rogers On Demand and

Prepare to be thrown for a loop. Time travel is illegal in 2074, but mobsters routinely send their hapless victims 30 years into the past, where they’re executed by assassins called loopers, leaving no trace of their demise.

One such hitman, Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), discovers that the man he is assigned to eliminate is himself, only 30 years older (Bruce Willis). He is essentially hunting his future self, a delightfully intriguing existential premise.

The older Joe is, of course, aware of his past and has a mission of his own – to save his wife, who was murdered at the instigation of the crime overlord known as The Rainmaker (whose tough-cookie mother is played by Emily Blunt).

It might sound confusing but isn’t, thanks to a tight script and beautifully paced direction by writer/director Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom) and sterling performances from both Gordon-Levitt and Willis as the two Joes, abetted only by a few facial prostheses and shared mannerisms.

Adding to the film’s allure is its steampunk sensibility, blending futuristic and retro elements in its vision of a corrupt, dystopian future where people exist in squalor and desperation. All the high tech gadgets in the world, it seems, won’t save us from ourselves. Sound familiar? Maybe. But the ending will nevertheless come as a considerable shock.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Emily Blunt Talk Willis and Strong Female roles

Q: Joseph, how do you see your character – hero, killer or misunderstood?

Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Looper doesn’t necessarily have good guys and bad guys, and I like that about [the film] because I think that’s the truth about the world. There are no absolute heroes and villains.

Q: What was it like when you did the big scene opposite Bruce Willis?

Joseph Gordon-Levitt: The first time he saw me in the makeup, he looked twice… He’s not an easy man to impress. He’s seen it all. He glanced around and said “Hey, you look like me!” and I was like “Yes!” – keeping it cool on the outside but very stoked on the inside.

Q: With Looper, has the bar been raised for women in action films?

Emily Blunt: I hope so, although there still is a dearth of great material and I’m so relieved that Rian [Johnson] has written such a bad-ass part that was stripped of all vanity. It was wonderful to play someone who is so tough and strong. He didn’t write it based on a gender but on a personality and a character. So often in films they make the female character compassionate and sympathetic “because she’s a girl.”

Q: Movies that deal with the future always seem so bleak. Why?
Emily Blunt: Maybe we’re feeling a little pessimistic about where we are heading… I think Rian [Johnson] wrote a dark backdrop for humanity in this dog-eat-dog world. I think it works for this film because at the end of it you realize there really is a hopeful message.

Interview conducted by Your World This Week’s Ken Linton.

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