|First of all, the film is done quite well and, if you enjoy a cerebral challenge, you might enjoy this one; it's violently anti-capitalist, as much as Django Unchained and more so than Lawless. It's well done and has been nominated at least once by a critical group for screenwriting honors. Secondly, it does something unusual: it takes place in Kansas, 2044. Why? Spielberg's Lincoln opens in Kansas and the upcoming Oz: the Great and Powerful starts in Kansas (it seems like I am forgetting one?), so, with a state that has little film making history, why would there be a definite trend being set to incorporate this state into main stream films? Kansas is slow to change, politically and morally conservative, it offers a steady vision of picturesque, small-town America (if you recall William Holden's and Kim Novak's Picnic of 1955, it was filmed in Halstead, Kansas) and when most people hear "Kansas," they instantly think of Dorothy and Toto. Seeing Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) against a Kansas wheat field, premeditating on killing someone about to appear, accentuates how "dirty" this job is against the clean and natural Kansas roads and open sky. What might be going on here, in using Kansas in all these films, is the same as if you had one dress (Kansas) and were putting several different women into it (different arguments and economic models for the country) to see who would look better in it and which dress would best accentuate certain features; in other words, what is best for Kansas is best for the country, and we certainly can't overlook the "reader-response" of an audience hearing "Kansas," thinking of Dorothy's trip to Oz, and putting the viewer in that same travel-mode: we are going to take you over the rainbow in our film, too, so sit back and hear our tale, and see if you think this is a good idea,...|
|There is an interesting device used: remember the priest hole in Skyfall? The same kind of "tunnel" exists in Looper (but it's not called that), their grandpa dug it.|
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Who is Cid? Obama because Obama killed America.
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