|09.23.12||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2012|
Hey, what's a Bruce Willis movie doing here? Well Rian Johnson is good friends with Eric... Brothers Bloom played I believe as a secret screening... so it makes sense.
In the future, time travel exists but is outlawed. The mob uses it because it's very hard to dispose of a body in the future so when they have someone they want to get rid of, they send them back in time to be taken care of. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a guy hired to kill these guys and dispose of their bodies for the mob. For that he is well-compensated but he knows that at some point, they will send the older version of himself back for him to kill. That way there's no loose ends or whatever. Or something.
It's an interesting take on time travel. The details still don't really make perfect sense if you think about them too long (or try to write them out as a synopsis (see above)) but it works in the context of the movie. It's a bit more intellectual and slower paced than Minority Report but still with several decent action scenes and a lot of world-building that I love. Also, they prosthetic make-up to make Gordon-levitt look like a young Bruce Willis is amazing. I could've sworn it was digital but the director said it was all practical. This will maybe the the lasting achievement of the movie I think. The sci-fi movie where Joseph Gordon-Levitt does an amazing Bruce Willis impression. He even checks out his hairline in the beginning; I got a kick out of that.
So I liked this movie a lot. It was a good mix for me between innovation and execution and I never felt bored or taken out of it. Willis was in it a bit less than I thought he would be - it's very much JoGo's movie - and the ending seemed a bit... inevitable, but whatever.