Looper – The New Matrix??

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Looper is released this weekend and I’m really looking forward to it. Truth be told there is nothing I love more than a good science fiction film.

However a couple of things have bothered me about certain advertising elements surrounding the release.

Quotes on posters should always be taken with a pinch of salt. For example when 5 stars are given always check the small print to see who actually made that recommendation!

One quote in particular grabbed my attention – “This decade’s the Matrix”.

You see the synopsis given on IMDB for these films are very different.

Looper  – “In 2072, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe, who one day learns the mob wants to ‘close the loop’ by transporting back Joe’s future self.”

The Matrix – “A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.”

A very different synopsis. You see The Matrix is a film about the discovery of one’s calling (or destiny) and its sequels are about putting that call into action. Although to be fair no one can be really sure what the third film (Matrix Revolutions) is about at all!

Looper appears to be more about playing God i.e. changing the past in order to fix the future which is very similar to the Terminator films.

The Matrix did have a massive impact on its release all those years ago. It was arguably the first time an intelligent blockbuster had been attempted. There were action scenes aplenty but the plot was often complex and required the audience’s full attention.

There had been nothing like it up until the arrival of Inception in more recent years which it could be said set the bar even higher for intelligent blockbusters.

Is Looper the ‘new Matrix’ only time will tell. It may not have similar plot themes but certainly if it lives up to the hype of the stars on posters it could have an impact that in this digital age could be more far reaching than the Matrix ever dreamed of.

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