LOOPER will still be a great movie in 30 years. My future self told me so.
Time travel. It’s probably the one thing in all of geekdom that most people would agree would be the COOLEST discovery ever made. I mean, sure, you might accidently go back in time and run over a puppy causing a little boy to turn into a Hitler-like dictator one day…but those are the chances that you have to take. Right? I LOVE time travel movies and TV. Quantum Leap, Bill & Ted, Back to the Future and Terminator are all staples in the cherished movies section of every Sci-Fi geek’s brain. After watching Looper I feel that you can easily add this movie to that rather impressive list.
Storyline: In 2072 time travel will be possible. It is quickly outlawed and criminal organizations begin to use the technology to send people back to the year 2042 to be erased. The people that dispose of the mobs “trash” are called Loopers. They are Hitmen that are paid very handsomely for crimes that can never be proven. Each Looper, at the end of their contract, will also be sent back in time to be killed by their younger self. When this happens the younger Looper gets a huge payday and can live the next 30 years of their life in comfort…until the day they are sent back to be killed. It’s called closing the loop. The one thing that a Looper can never do is let their target get away, and that is exactly what Joe (Gordon-Levitt) does when his future self is sent back. Now with Old Joe (Willis) on the run, Young Joe must find him and close the loop, before the mob that they work for tracks them both down.
Worth the admission? So worth it! This movie is great. A little funny, a good bit of action, but mostly just to see two actors at their very best. Joseph Gordon-Levitt spends 118 minutes teaching a Master’s Course on how to act. This guy embodies the persona of a young Bruce Willis perfectly. It is an amazing thing to watch. Also, performing at the top of his game is Bruce Willis. Willis is an actor that never ages to me. I always love him in everything that he does. But this may be my favorite performance of his….EVER. His character is forced into doing some horrific things and Willis, for maybe the first time in his career, absolutely floors me. For an action star, he really does some fine work in this film.
On a personal note, I LOVE that Old Joe tells Young Joe “let’s don’t start talking about time travel because we will be here all day” and that is pretty much how the movie handles the subject. The time travel part is just a plot device to deliver the scenario. If you take time to dissect it you will miss out on all of the fun.