Rian Johnson talks Looper: video interview

The director on the sci-fi thriller's plot, influences and sequel potential

Looper finally arrived in UK cinemas this weekend, and if you heeded the advice of our five-star review, you’d have got yourself to a multiplex to see it.

When we caught up with director Rian Johnson, our chat veered into spoiler territory, so we’ve held it back until today to give you a chance to see the film before hearing his thoughts.

So, that’s your warning. If you haven’t seen Looper, and don’t want to be robbed of some of its secrets before your first viewing, bookmark this page now, and come back when you’ve had a chance to see the film.

Still here? Then you’ve seen it (or you just don’t give a damn about spoilers). Like the Total Film office, you probably left your screening exhilarated, and dizzy with questions.

Watch our interview with Johnson to see him discuss deleted scenes, movie influences, the subversion of Bruce Willis' big-screen hero image and plot twists and interpretations. As Johnson told us, “The twist is it’s simpler than you’d expect it to be, I guess.”

Oh, and if you’ve seen the film, you’ll know it all wraps up in a fairly neat loop, but we also ask Johnson if he’d ever return to Looper’s future-world for a sequel.


Looper is in cinemas now. You know you want to see it again…

Read our Looper review.


Watch our Looper video interview with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

What questions did you leave Looper with? Get the debate fired up below…


    • SiMan

      Oct 1st 2012, 12:46

      Saw this at the weekend and loved it. Don't quite agree that it is this decade's Matrix - don't think it will have as big an influence on popular culture as that movie did, but it is still one of the better films of the last 10 years.

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    • Hadouken76

      Oct 1st 2012, 21:04

      I saw it today, one of the best movie of the year, I hope Hollywood gives Johnson free-reign to explore new ideas, like Nolan did with 'Inception'.

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    • apo1978

      Oct 26th 2012, 11:11

      Way overrated! Don't get me wrong, its decent movie but not the masterpiece everyone is saying. Also, some of the time-travel ideas/theories are flawed (in my opinion). Makes for some interesting banter though. 7/10 for me. Also the "Matrix" comparison is just ludicrous - I couldn't see any resemblence save for its a movie...with people in it.

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    • macie47

      Oct 27th 2012, 7:03

      I love the movie! 5 stars for that. You did great, JGL and Johnson. :)

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