This Friday sees the release of the Joseph-Gordon Levitt-lead action flick, "Looper."
From Rian Johnson ("Brothers Bloom"), the film follows Joe (Gordon-Levitt) a hired assassin (known as a "looper"), who's tasked with killing people sent back in time from the year 2077. The rub? He's soon assigned to take out his older-self (Bruce Willis).
Godron-Levitt recently spoke to Moviefone at this year's Toronto Film Festival about transforming himself into the young reflection of the "Die Hard" actor.
"I watched a lot of [Willis's] movies. Even more so I focused on the audio. I was really into his voice. I would rip the audio off of his movies and put him onto the iPod so I could just listen. He also recorded himself doing some of my voiceover monologues and sent me that recording so I could hear how I could say it. But the most productive thing was hanging out with him, having dinner, talking, just soaking it in."
But how does the new time twisty film stack up? Take a look at our review round-up of "Looper" below.
Richard Corliss (TIME Magazine)
A fanciful film with the patina of hyper-realism, Looper is well served by actors who behave not as if they were dropped carelessly into the future but spent their whole desperate lives there.
Ben Sachs (Chicago Reader)
The dystopian setting... makes for some bold cultural commentary, but as usual with Johnson, <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/looper/Film?oid=7424334">the engaging ideas feel like affectations rather than products of a fully developed sensibility</a>.
Joe Neumaier (New York Daily News)
Gordon-Levitt is flinty, and Willis, on his A-game, is fiery. Together, <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/movie-review-looper-article-1.1169552">they take us on a helluva trip</a>.
Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)
"Looper" weaves between past and present in a way that gives Johnson <a href="http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120926/REVIEWS/120929993">and his actors opportunities to create a surprisingly involving narrative</a>.
Christy Lemire (Associated Press)
Johnson establishes the machinery of the time-travel concept, <a href="http://seattletimes.com/html/entertainment/2019259160_apusfilmreviewlooper.html?syndication=rss">then steadily pushes it into the background in favor of exploring his characters and the difficult questions they face</a>.
Alison Willmore (Movieline)
A clever, clever contraption about trading in your future to feed your present, <a href="http://movieline.com/2012/09/26/review-looper-joseph-gordon-levitt-rian-johnson/">and the lost boys and regretful men who willingly embrace such a bargain already believe they have nothing to live for or look forward to</a>.
Chris Cabin (Slant Magazine)
As in the very best Anthony Mann and John Ford westerns, <a href="http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/review/looper/6552">Looper at once understands the visual power of violence and is deeply critical of it</a>.
Lisa Schwarzbaum (Entertainment Weekly)
Looper imagines a world just near enough to look familiar, <a href="http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20483133_20620084,00.html">and just futuristic enough to be chillingly askew</a>.
David Edelstein (New York Magazine)
If high-toned futuristic time-travel pictures with a splash of romance float your boat the way they do mine, <a href="http://nymag.com/movies/reviews/edelstein-looper-2012-10/">you'll have yourself a time</a>.