Ignoring all the paradoxes and plot holes that come with time travel, Looper is a cool flick. Don’t think too hard about things and you’ll be just fine.
Right now Shanghai is bombarded with ads for Looper “环形使者” (In Chinese.) This makes sense , cuz well , Shanghai gets a futuristic 2072 makeover via CGI in the movie , and it looks pretty damn impressive. Going past the movie biz’s tendency to over exaggerate things ( I’m waiting for Blade Runner’s 2019 Los Angeles) the way Shanghai looks in the future is totally believable. I’d say more believable than Shanghai’s real life 1990 to 2010 transformation.
Yea , this is real.
I can’t find any pictures of the Looper version of that skyline online right now. (I’ll have to wait for the pirate DVDs to hit the stores any day now.) but here is a Looper view on another part of the HuangPu River .
Without giving the story away , in the future the U.S doesn’t seem to be doing the best with social breakdowns and rampant crime in the cities. Our main characters travels to a glistening and glimmering Shanghai. (For about 10 minutes and then all hell breaks loose and it’s back to Kansas in the past) Oh yea, and RMB is used as a black market currency in the US.
Apparently us viewers in China got treated to extended Shanghai scenes , and scenes with the main character’s wife that were originally cut from the U.S.A version . I’ve heard that we in China missed out on drug use scenes and some toplessness. (Damn!).
I guess everything can’t get through the censors . Although perhaps the only reason the entire movie did was because it showed off a sweet Shanghai considering the government banned time travel shows/ movies
It probably helps that the film was also co-produced by the Chinese.
It would also appear in China we also got customized ads with Shanghai’s skyline inserted into the movie posters even though only 10 minutes or so of Shanghai actually shows up in the film. Cornfields would perhaps be more appropriate.