The Gist: In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” – a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good… until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. (source: Rotten Tomatoes).
Loopers, Gats and TK’s: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Joe), Bruce Willis (Old Joe), Emily Blunt (Sara), Noah Segan (Kid Blue), Jeff Daniels (Abe), Pierce Gagnon (Cid), Garret Dillahunt (Jesse), Paul Dano (Seth).
My Take: Reviewing a movie that is still in theatres, how odd for me. First off, a definition of Loopers, Gats and TK’s. Loopers are hit men who use blunderbusses, Gats are like enforcers who use revolvers and TK’s are people with very weak telekinetic abilities. Time travel movies always induce deep thoughts about whether or not time is linear, well, not for me. I try not to have deep thoughts…about the implications of time travel. Joe is a looper biding his time until his loop is closed and he can be free by killing his future self. All does not go as plan when his future self sabotages his younger self’s attempt to kill himself? Right, so Old Joe wants to live long enough to stop the Rainmaker, a powerful TK that can destroy and kill with a simple thought, from growing up and taking over the future with a heavy and deadly hand. Old Joe believes if he stops the Rainmaker, his wife won’t be killed. Young Joe just wants to get back to his life and kill Old Joe and doesn’t want to get involved with the Rainmaker. Of course it’s inevitable that he does and along the way, he sobers up and grows a conscience. I won’t go into further detail as I don’t want to include any spoilers. Overall, the story is good, the acting is well done (Joseph-Gordon-Levitt is brilliant as always) and I really like young Pierce Gagnon as the boy Cid. The kid is a great actor and can play innocent, intelligent and creepy very well. I hope to see him in more movies.
Critique Much: I liked this movie for the most part but did find it to be a bit too long, only 2 hours, but it was slow-moving in parts. Overall, it was decent.
Yah or Nah: I say Yah mostly because of the cast. It was really just a mediocre flick for myself.