Time travel

TIME TROUBLE: A scene from Looper (above) and from The Giant (below).
TIME TROUBLE: A scene from Looper (above) and from The Giant (below).

Title: Looper

Director: Rian Johnson

Rated: MA15+

Looper is a dark and dizzying sci-fi action drama. It is the third feature written and directed by Rian Johnson, who is notable for his previous films Brick and The Brothers Bloom. This is a challenging, gripping and quite mesmerising movie that features a strong narrative and some equally strong performances.

Related to films like Memento, Inception and the Terminator series Looper is an intriguing film that plays with time, and how the future can be changed.

Sixty years into the future, time travel has been invented but it is illegal, and only crime syndicates, such as the one ruled by The Rainmaker, use it to send unwanted people back 30 years to 2044 to be quickly disposed of by 'loopers'. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is most efficient at this work in a remote Kansas cornfield until his older self (Bruce Willis) emerges from the future. Older Joe has his own agenda and this somehow involves a reclusive farmer Sara (Emily Blunt) and her young son Cid (Pierce Gagnon).

The film is beautifully shot and features some brilliant set pieces. Willis and Gordon-Levitt are both very good, but Emily Blunt and Pierce Gagnon give stunning performances, though there are certainly some disturbing scenes involving the child actor.








Looper is screening at Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinemas in Lismore.

Title: The Giants

Director: Bouli Lanners

Rated: M


The Giants (Fr. Les Géants) is co-written and directed by Belgian Bouli Lanners. It won two awards at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and has picked up a number of other festival awards. It is set in the lush countryside of Belgium and Luxembourg which provides a fascinating and idyllic contrast to the reality bite of the film's coming-of-age story.

Teenage brothers Zak (Zacharie Chassenaud) and Seth (Martin Nissen) have been left to fend for themselves during the summer holidays in their late grandfather's house. With their mother working abroad they strike up a friendship with another unsupervised teen Dany (Paul Bartel) and a hell-raising trail of teenage thrills - alcohol, petty crime, joyrides and getaways - ensues. But when cash runs short they determine to rent the house to local drug dealer Beef (Didier Toupy) which leads to inevitable troubles and betrayal.

The film succeeds by concentrating more on the characters than the action, and it is a quite poignant take on the raw tenderness, as well as both the freedoms and dangers, of adolescence.

The Giants features some fine performances by the young cast particularly Chassenaud who readily captures the bravado and insecurities of youth. The film is beautifully filmed and set, and features a fine music score by Bram Van Parys.







The Giants will be screened at Bush Theatre in Nimbin this Saturday, October 6, at 7.30pm.

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