Looper, an elegant take on time travel


Directed by: Rian Johnson

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels

I will have to admit there might have been a chance that this movie could have been really bad, the whole time travel plot points could have gotten to confusing and really have brought the whole movie down. Instead the movie turned out to be way better than expected and instead of diving to deep into the time travel aspects, they just kinda say that explaining it would take to long. I had a lot going on this film and had it placed on my most anticipated films of the year. Being the third film by Rian Johnson it has to be his best, though Brick really is a pretty good neo-noir film, the film presents a nice atmosphere in both Joe’s social life and the job that he lives with. Once Bruce Willis shows up it all turns south and the really story took shape and what Emily Blunts role finally becomes more clear. The similarities between Brick and Looper is the editing, many of the close-up and other establishing shots resemble his first film. The action may not be the most extrodinary but it does make for a more fun film and really is much cleaner and more focused than any Transformers or recent action films.

A hired gun from the future discovers that his greatest adversary is himself in this twisting sci-fi mindbender starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and directed by Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom). In the year 2047 time travel has yet to be invented. Thirty years later, however, it has. Though immediately outlawed, time-travel technology is quickly appropriated by the mob, and used to cleanly dispose of anyone deemed a threat. The process is simple: When the mob wants someone to disappear, they simply send them back to the year 2047, where an assassin known as a “looper” quickly carries out the hit, and disposes of the body. Joe Simmons (Gordon-Levitt) is one of the most respected loopers around. Each kill earns him a big payday, and he’s got big plans to retire to France. Then, one day, as Joe patiently awaits the appearance of his next target near the edge of a remote corn field, he’s shocked to come face-to-face with his future self (Bruce Willis). When the younger Joe hesitates, the older Joe makes a daring escape. Now, in order to avoid the wrath of his underworld boss (Jeff Daniels), young Joe must “close the loop” and kill his older counterpart. Meanwhile, the revelation that a powerful crime boss in the future has set the underworld ablaze pits the two Joes on a violent collision course, with the fate of a devoted mother (Emily Blunt) and her young son hanging in the balance.

The most stand out point in the film is performances by both Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. They may not look a like, before make-up but afterwards it does resemble Bruce Willis more than before, but really makes them close together is their mannerisms. Joseph Gordon-Levitt managed to pull off all of Willis’s mannerisms perfectly and it made the movie more real and the performances more in tune. What I took away from the movie is that you can’t change the past and that you must live for the future and the ending really shows this off in a brilliant way, I can’t explain it but I totally didn’t see it coming which is always a good thing since it catches you off guard. With Emily Blunts role it shows a more human side to Joe and really gives him more dimensions than he had before.

I highly recommend this movie to anyone who is looking for a good time, I wouldn’t try to look to far into the plot holes. It is a tense and gritty thriller and manages to bring new light to the sci-fi genre.

10 out of 10


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