I know I’m a little late on the movie bandwagon. You all saw this one in the theater, right? Not me. I was interested in seeing it, but not enough to pay $20 to sit next to people I don’t know. Instead, Sean borrowed it from his parents last week when he was up in the old TN.
Looper is a futuristic film in 2044 where, years from then, time travel was invented. A looper is someone who is alive in the 2044 time who is essentially an assassin for people who are (illegally, through black market time travel) are sent back to be killed. It works out better because the person doesn’t exist in their futuristic form in 2044. So, it’s a “clean kill.”
The premise of the whole story was a little hard to follow. You’re giving small clues and nuggets of information that end up being crucial to the development of the plot. If you miss it, you’re confused for the rest of the movie. That’s one element that I didn’t really care for.
Anyway, when you sign up to be a “looper” you do so knowing that one day, your future self will be sent back for YOU to kill (why couldn’t they just have another looper do it?), you get a giant pay day and the rest of your life to live as you want–until you’re sent back to be killed by yourself. This is called “closing the loop.”
The movie follows Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), one of the youngest chosen loopers. When his future self (Bruce Willis) escapes to try to kill the dictator of the future, Joe goes out on a mission to close his loop and reclaim his place as a good looper.
It’s an interesting movie, though slightly predictable, that is, until you get to the end. I love it when an ending HAS to be a certain way, and the writers just let it be. Sean was dissatisfied with it, but I get great satisfaction out of an ending that follows through with the general story arc and isn’t all happy endings for everyone involved. The best part about this film is that the audience never really knows who the bad guy is. It’s realistic in that all characters have good and bad in them, and it’s what they choose to be that decides the overall arc of the story.
It’s pretty gory for those who have a hard time with blood, but, for the most part, it’s just special effects blood spattering everywhere. Not necessarily guts and stuff like that.
I’d give this film a solid B- if for nothing else than it tried to shove way too many “out-of-nowhere” details into such a small space instead of letting the story breathe and develop on it’s own. Joseph Gordon-Levitt did a pretty good “young Bruce Willis,” and Emily Blunt had a great American accent.
I hope your weekend was fantastic. Have a wonderful Monday!