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Looper by Rian Johnson (2012)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Bruce Willis, Bruce Willis plays himself.

Once you have this sorted in your head you can start watching the Looper.

The Looper is a tragically confusing mix of too many genres. Take horror, science-fiction, romance and buddy movie. Too much.

As much as I love both actors plus Emily Blunt (who NB has made most unfortunate script decisions recently), this film turned out to be a disappointment.

In 2044 – before time travel has been invented, there is a dirty business going on. Contract killers called loopers shoot death sentenced sent from the future. Time and place is known where they land. The only thing is to pull the trigger without thinking. The body will be loaded with silver bars – as your dough. If the bars are gold – that means you just killed yourself and your career is finished. You get exactly 30 years ahead of you. You just closed the loop.

A futuristic setup in its vision brings to mind Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner straightaway. The future is urbanised, humans are selfish and extremely divided in a caste-like system.

Joe’s (can you think of a better name for an everyman?)  old self is late for the execution and then appears without a headscarf and looks back at him.

With the above setup many things can go wrong, can go various ways – this can be a good story.

The flaws involve too many gaps in the plot. I don’t know how Joe manages to sit in the same scene twice if time travel hasn’t been invented. As far as I get the idea and the convention of the genre, there are too many elements that just do not fit the usual logics of a futuristic vision.

There should be certain rules, right? The mere concept of being able to speak to your older self is fair enough but then this story falls over into pieces on so many levels.

As always mending the future by time travel into the past is tricky as every step does change what you end up with. But this is just unsuccessful. On the verge of boring and too many threads are unexplained, illogical and at times gory for no particular reason. Very disappointing.

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Your Sister’s Sister by Lynn Shelton (2011)

Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt play half sisters (Iris and Hannah) and Mark Duplass is the guy who stands between them (Jack).

The story is so twisted that it surely is taken from life, as had it been written for a film it would not sound credible (I’m not wrong, am I?). Jack’s brother Tom used to be involved with Iris, but he died. Therefore (skewed logic somehow?) Jack fell in love with Iris (Emily Blunt). Given he never told her, they are just friends and she sends him off to her father’s house on a deserted island for him to seek solitude. Obviously she is also in love with him. And unbeknowingly to her, the sis is there as well. The guy and the sis spend the night together, the next morning Iris appears and it turns out the big sister is a lesbian, but she wanted to get pregnant.

Should I go on?

OK, jokes aside – the above scenario is so absurd that I am not sure what to focus on. Maybe let’s try the genre?

Is it a social drama? Buddy movie? Comedy? Woody Allenesque comedy of errors? Hardly any of the mentioned I’m afraid. Maybe a rom com? It seems not kitchy enough.

It seems to be a film created in a parallel system to the mainstream or non-mainstream American cinema. It is a third dimension somehow.

Great lighting, cinematography, awkward costume design, realistic interior design.

Convincing acting – apparently a lot of it was improvised and unscripted.

The situations depicted are annoying to the extent I would like to interact with the characters and try to persuade them to behave a bit more reasonably. I hated this film to the extent of laughing at the dialogues – but perhaps that was a reflexive reaction proving how dangerously close to life Shelton brought the situations? In real life we don’t talk to other people, to those closest to us, least about our emotions, about how we feel, what we feel, right?

I feel I could live without having watched this film. But perhaps it would help some couples who hide their feelings from themselves to go watch it and undergo some sort of communicative catharsis? Not sure.

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