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Posts tagged Joseph Gordon-Levitt
A Not So Premium Rush

Premium Rush is little more than overtly stylised pulp with an unabashed cartoon sensibility; and it's fun. Well, that's all it is, really. Young, sweating, sexually-charged hotties racing around NYC on their brakeless bikes as they outrun a crooked cop harbouring a debt to the Chinese mob; it actually plays out convincingly and nails the almost anarchistic bike messenger mentality. However, the film's distinct lack of substance does catch up with it about halfway through, and this degradation is only exacerbated by uncharacteristically hit-and-miss performances from the two leads: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon.

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Love of Looper

Ah Looper, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. A time travel thriller set in a dystopian near-future, where a hitman-of-sorts (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is tasked with murdering his future self (Bruce Willis), while simultaneously protecting a child the future self is trying to murder. Throw into the mix telekinetic mutations, a twisted love story and an Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind type memory warp, and you've got one hell of a sci-fi mess. Yet, helmed by cult hero Rian Johnson, the pieces of this misshapen puzzle are handled with such ease that it's only afterwards you realise he'd been juggling chainsaws, grenades and crying babies. 

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