I think the short answer would be CGI, but now that the minor confusion is out the way, we can talk about, a truly immersible story-line that screams creativity from start to finish, in Ryan Johnson’s epic Looper.
Breaking the Mould
Unlike recent sci-fi’s that have failed to deliver good plots and character depth alongside the vast explosions and endless fight scenes that action-film lover’s expect; Looper captures the imagination and curiosity in its audience, in similar ways as ‘The Matrix’ and ‘Inception’ do. Johnson’s approach seems to focus on impressing the mind instead of the eye; and it works with spectacular effect. Looper will keep you guessing right till the end, keeping one piece of the puzzle out of sight until the very last moment. It is this structure throughout the movie which creates ‘edge of your seat cinema’, allowing the audience to interact with their imaginations and hook themselves onto the possibilities of the future, as well as gathering momentum in the intensity of the plot. By focusing little on the method of time travel, Looper keeps its ideas simple and clever. E.g. how do you communicate with your future self? Cue ‘the Dr’.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt creates a very bold stereotype in his character ‘Joe’, which would make you think he is very predictable; but when ‘Joe’ is faced with tough decisions about his own future, his true colours show and he must question the value of his own life against that of others, his performance matched only by his role in the new ‘Batman’ film. Bruce Willis demonstrates a triumphant return to form, with his bad ass attitude that turns up the heat in any of his action films and dispelling any myths about his age affecting his presence.
What to do?
‘Looper is a very cool piece of cinema’ so go see it!
‘Probably the best action film of the year’ so don’t miss it!
‘Closing loops may be the new catchphrase’ so get with the lingo!
My score 75%