Looper is in some ways what Inception is not. And one of those ways is that it never becomes a complete big studio movie package experience. Looper shows the courage to make some dark choices. The central characters and their actions are not dictated by audience approval. And that makes it a little more unpredictable. The movie does not tie up everything in a pretty bow for you to go home hollow.
If you go in expecting an action film you will be disappointed. It doesn’t have elaborate and expensive set pieces winding down endlessly to pumping music. And I felt that the visual aesthetics are a little raw. May be intentional. And we feel an emotional disconnect with the central characters except with that of Emily Blunt.
Rian Johnson again brings in some refreshing originality after Brick and Brothers Bloom. I am quite sure that there will be as many people hating Looper as much as who love it. But for a 30 million dollar investment, it is a movie made with some guts.