The Toronto International Film Festival is a place where movie lovers can see lots of great movies. For its 37th year, the festival opened with the big Hollywood action film Looper, which has Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Cameron Bailey, festival co-director, said that Looper worked on both ideas level and the action level. This made it an ideal choice for festival goers who are looking for something entertaining and smart. Looper is set to hit theaters on September 28, which is less than two weeks after the end of the Toronto Film Festival. It has been a launching place for Hollywood’s fall and holiday films.
Looper is written and directed by Rian Johnson. Gordon-Levitt plays a hit man who kills people sent back in time from 30 years in the future. His latest victim (Willis) turns out to be his future self and he tries to alter events to save himself.
Other movies that are part of Toronto International Film Festival include Joe Wright’s adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina which stars Keira Knightley and Jude Law; Cloud Atlas by the Wachowski brothers and Tom Tykwer, which is a movie that spans the past, present and future starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry; Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master with Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and Philip Seymour Hoffman; Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep, which he stars with Susan Sarandon and Shia LeBeouf; and Walter Salles’ On the Road featuring Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, and Sam Riley.
Ben Affleck premiered his The Town at Toronto Film Festival in 2010. This year he returns with a movie that he directed and stars in. Argo is based on the Iranian hostage crisis. He has another movie in the festival, which is Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, which features Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem.