“In its bones Looper is about the self-perpetuating loop that occurs when the solution to a problem is, ‘Let’s find the right person and kill them,’” states Rian Johnson. “It’s not something we’ve glossed over in terms of a theme; it’s something that is at the heart of this film.” Violence is a subject that needs to be address. “One of the things that film is good at is taking some of the darker stuff that we’d prefer not to look at and taking a mirror and shining it back on us.” Bruce Willis agrees. “Violence is one of the hard, bad things that exist in our world not just in films. It exists everywhere. To take one thing out and say, ‘We shouldn’t have violence in films.’ It would be like taking any other emotion out of it.” In regards to the vision of the future portrayed in Looper, Johnson observes, “There’s nothing in this film that feels too far future. It is also a world where the middle class has gone away; it’s all either people with money in the clubs or destitution on the streets. For me, that was a function driving the story and these characters are all characters who are doing everything they can to hold onto their little piece of the pie.” Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a self declared optimist, has no problem in portraying a destitute future. “Movies can serve as a great warning and a mirror,” states Gordon-Levitt. “I like when a movie has something to say like that and can point out certain things that maybe we don’t notice everyday about our world or about ourselves. That’s the purpose of telling stories.”
Looper Press Conference photographs courtesy of George Pimentel.
If you want to learn more make sure to visit the official website for Looper and read our TIFF movie review.
Trevor Hogg is a freelance video editor and writer who currently resides in Canada.