I’m about a half a day behind it seems, last night I put up my review of Butter (which I watched Thursday), and today I’m putting up my Friday night movie, Looper.
In the future, time travel will be invented, and then quickly made illegal. When criminals want to dispose of somebody, they send them back 30 years in time where a “looper” shoots them as soon as they appear. The man in the past has killed and disposes of a body of someone who doesn’t even exist yet. Neat and tidy, but nothing lasts forever, eventually the criminals in the future send the looper’s own future self back to be killed, and “close the loop” with a big payoff, signifying the end of their contract leaving the man in the past (or I suppose present) to live their life out until everything catches up and they are sent back to shoot themselves. One such looper is Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who has to close his loop the hard way when his future self (Bruce Willis) runs, with a mission to kill someone in the past who will adversely affect his future.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Looper was a pretty decent sci-fi flick that I’ve had some interest in for a while. Those who know me, know I’m a sucker for time travel, and Looper had a pretty neat concept behind it, which can be quite confusing to write without leaving a lot of plot holes. A lot of time travel movies fail because they don’t adhere to the rules they’ve written for themselves. Now, Looper does a pretty good job in that, but they certainly did a lot of convenient writing. Why do loopers have to kill their future selves themselves? Why not have another looper “close the loop”? Why not just kill people in the future and send the body back to be disposed of?
Interesting to note that there were two “time travel” movies last year, and in both, we had a younger and older version of the same character. Men in Black 3 we visit the past and see Josh Brolin play the younger Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones). In Looper the future comes back to the present and we have Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing a younger version of Bruce Willis, or do we have Bruce Willis playing an older version of Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Both films take a different approach however; in Men in Black 3 we know the older version of the character, and learn about the past through his younger self. In Looper, we only learn about Joe through future Joe, when he explains how he got to be the person he is, and ultimately how and why he’s come back.
The film benefits from good performances from Gordon-Levitt and Willis, but also has a strong showing from Emily Blunt as Sara, a woman living on a farm with her young son, Cid (Pierce Gagnon), around whom all the plots seem to be drawing to. Once we meet Cid and Sara, certain plot points become pretty obvious, and oddly reminiscent of the old Twilight Zone episode It’s a Good Life, still Looper is a pretty good ride.
Oh, yeah, did I mention that on top of time travel the writer also decided that telekinesis was necessary? Because they brought that in too. And Cid? Man, what a super creepy kid!
If you do watch Looper, maybe check this site out afterwards, because they bring up some good points…
Posted on 13-01-12, in 3.5 Star, Movie Reviews and tagged 3.5 star, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Looper, movie, review, Rian Johnson, time travel, Twilight Zone. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.