Movie Review: Looper

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Details from IMDB:

 

Looper (2012)

119 min  -  Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -   28 September 2012 (Canada)

Ratings: 8.0/10 from 59,193 users   Metascore: 84/100
Reviews: 337 user | 320 critic | 44 from Metacritic.com

In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe, who one day learns the mob wants to ‘close the loop’ by transporting back Joe’s future self.

Director:

Rian Johnson

Writer:

Rian Johnson

Stars:

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt | See full cast and crew

Initial Thoughts:

I heard this talked about on a podcast I really enjoy (Geekshow if you’re interested). Time-traveling hit men, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis? I’m in Smile. (and also it was at the cheap theatre here Winking smile).

Main Points:

As with any movie involving time travel things can get a little confusing. I would like to see the movie again to try to figure out one or two more details. I did like, however, when both Old and young Joe discuss time travel and even they decide it’s too complicated to figure out Thinking smile.

The future is a grim place here for the most part and the fact that hit men are paid to murder people from the future in the past (see the movie and it makes sense) doesn’t help matters.

I thought everyone here turned in good performances. Willis at 57 can still handle an action movie well (though I’m sure stunt double were used) and I enjoyed Levitt having another turn as a very tarnished good guy character. Also worth mentioning is Pierce Gagnon who plays Cid (also known as the Rainmaker), who is genuinely creepy and does an excellent job.Vampire bat

This movie has its flaws and I found some scenes dragged a little. Which brings me to…

SPOILER ALERT!

In the end Joe has a very unique death scene. He shoots himself as a young man which causes his older self to disappear from the timeline. His death is meaningful, however, as he prevents Cid from becoming an evil crime boss in the future by saving his mother.

Final Thoughts:

I enjoyed this movie a great deal. For a sci-fi flick it isn’t too deep and there is plenty of action along with an engaging story. Another 8/10 from me and a recommendation if you can still find it in theatresThumbs up.

Next time will be a long time coming book review of Royal Flush. Until  then I am as always…

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