Rian Johnson, the director of time-travel thriller Looper, has released a downloadable commentary track for fans to listen to while they watch the film in cinemas.
The audio file, which is available online, has been designed for audiences to listen to on mp3 players as the film plays out.
Looper, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, is a high-concept movie set in 2044 about a group of assassins called “loopers” who kill people sent back in time by the mob from the year 2074. When one killer recognises a victim as his older self, he flies in the face of causality and allows his future incarnation to escape.
Giving it a five-star write up for Radio Times, reviewer Damon Wise called Looper “an ingenious, witty film that simply brims with ideas and energy.”
Johnson has pointed out that the commentary track isn’t intended for first-time Looper viewers, and encouraged interested fans to see the film more than once.
In a post made to Looper’s Tumblr page, Johnson wrote: “Needless to say, this is NOT to be listened to on a first viewing, or before you’ve seen the film. Also, please work it so that a glowing screening is never out of your pocket during the movie.”
The director said that the commentary is “totally different” to director’s commentaries commonly found on DVDs or Blu-rays and is instead “a bit more technical and detailed.”
Fans are encouraged by Johnson to listen to the instructions contained in the commentary’s introduction before heading out to see the film, and to report back on their experiences with the commentary afterwards.
The track can be downloaded here, or alternatively you can listen to the whole thing below. Though, as indicated above, it will contain spoilers for anyone who hasn’t yet seen the film.