Rian Johson's Looper is one of the most intriguing time travel films in recent memory. Rather than rely on timeworn clichés the film mashes-up a number of movie, television and pop-culture influences and delivers a satisfying experience that—despite opening one-too-many worm-filled plot holes—remains full of surprises, and brims with emotional truth.
With the film opening today, let's first take a look at the best time travel films of all time, then tip our hats to some of Looper's unlikely influences.
...and the Hollywood remake (also featuring Bruce Willis)
Few films come close to this in popularity, entertainment value and popular impact:
The funniest time travel film:
The most complex and scientifically perfect time travel film, you really need to see this one two or three times to catch all the subtlety:
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Now the films that most influenced Looper, including one of the most perfect time travel films, whose symmetry was ruined by big budget sequels:
There's a recurring image of cream swirling in coffee, reminiscent of Godard, but director Rian Johnson tells me he'd not seen the film before shooing Looper:
The third act shifts from urban to pastoral, and themes from following feature prominently:
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