Months ago while sitting in the theater awaiting the movie I came to see, I was hit by the Looper trailer. As the trailer ended all I remember is wanting to see more because I am a sucker for a good time travel movie. After watching I will tell you now Looper doesn’t disappoint. It has action, drama, thrills and a tiny bit of romance.
In a mere 62 years from now time travel exists, but it’s illegal. That does not stop the mob from sending people they want murdered back to the past (2044), to assassins nicknamed “Loopers” that stand ready at a designated spot and time to shoot the victims as soon as they appear. The Loopers are paid with silver bars that arrive strapped on the bodies in which they spend on vehicles,clothes,drugs and women.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Joe, when younger is recruited by Abe (Jeff Daniels) who was sent back in time to manage the Loopers.Joe is living the high life in a dismal looking future America,saving up his earnings so he can one day retire to France. Complications occur when a new unseen mob boss named the Rainmaker starts sending back the Looper’s future selves to kill which is called “closing the loop”. So when the time comes when Joe goes to assassinate the next target only to find out it is his future self (Willis) he hesitates to pull the trigger giving future Joe a chance to escape.
Future Joe has a agenda of his own. To track down down and kill the Rainmaker who is now a child and change an event that is tragic to him in the future all while trying to avoid Abe and his mob. Young Joe, also on the run from Abe, ends up at a farmhouse where he meets Sara (Emily Blunt) and her son Cid, who is definitely special ( do NOT get Cid angry). There are more twists and turns than this so I won’t spoil the ending.
This is the second time that writer-director Rian Johnson and Gordon-Levitt have teamed up. The 1st being the 2006 “Brick” which I enjoyed.I am now looking forward to watch his 2nd movie”The Brothers Bloom” which is next in my Netflix queue. Gordon-Levitt, Willis and Daniels give superb performances.The story is well-constructed with a few minor flaws. I would love to see the Looper universe get a series or a comic book series to explore more story lines. So do yourself a favor, geek out and see this movie. As of now it’s on my Top 10 movies of the year.