‘Looper’ Director: Memory A Form Of Time Travel
September 30, 2012
Time travel is a notoriously tricky plot to work with.
Johnson says he looked back at classic time travel movies like 12 Monkeys and Back to the Future, and was reassured to find things even there that didn’t make sense.
“But the magic trick of those movies is, it constructs this story where it really is like a magician with a deck of cards,” he says.
“It fools you into believing it makes sense for two hours, so that you can go along on this ride.”
“I think the most powerful form of time travel is memory,” he says. “Every day … we’ll kind of go off in our heads and revisit moments in our lives, and wish that we had done them differently.”
And time travel stories can also be a warning, “the same way that Frankenstein stories are kind of a cautionary tale, sort of a ‘yes, you think you want that, but it actually wouldn’t help, it would actually make things worse’ … you think you want to revisit the past, but in reality you should just be living in the present.”
‘Looper’: Time-Travel Nonsense, Winningly Played
by David Edelstein
September 27, 2012
I adore time-travel pictures like Looper no matter how idiotic, especially when they feature a Love That Transcends Time.
I love Somewhere in Time with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, The Time Traveler’s Wife, even The Lake House with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in different years sending letters through a magic mailbox.
So terrible. So good.
See, everyone wants to correct mistakes in hindsight, and it’s the one thing we cannot do.
Except vicariously, in movies.
Oddly, though, it took me a while to warm up to Looper, an unusually arty time-travel thriller that evokes bits and pieces of 12 Monkeys, The Terminator and Blade Runner — good models, but not when they’re blended so haphazardly.
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