Far in the future time travel has become a reality and the mob uses it as a body disposal tool, sending bodies back in time to be eliminated by assassins. Job is one of the assassins, called a Looper, in the year 2042. But when the mob decides to close the time loop, sending his future self back in time, will Joe finish the job?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Joe), Bruce Willis (Old Joe), Emily Blunt (Sara), Paul Dano (Seth), Noah Segan (Kid Blue), Piper Perabo (Suzie), Jeff Daniels (Abe), Pierce Gagnon (Cid), Qing Xu (Old Joe’s Wife), Frank Brennan (Old Seth).
Looper starts off with a bit of background before smoothly rolling into the main plot. The story moves along pretty well despite jumps between timelines with different agendas. Some things are explained fairly well while others such as time paradox’s aren’t addressed at all leaving some pretty big questions. Adding telekinetic powers for some characters adds another dimension to the film and reminds us this is pure sci-fi that in the end looks at only a single question; If you could go back in time and prevent a future catastrophe, would you?
Acting was decent with Gordon-Levitt putting forth a decent performance. Willis was solid but once again was cast in a tough-guy role that is getting hard to swallow given his age. Blunt did well and kept things interesting, and Gagnon did very well. The remainder of the supporting cast was solid.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were simple but nicely done. Again, a bit hard to swallow given the film in taking place far into the future. Effects, physical and CGI, were well done and exhibited good technical quality. Some were a bit flamboyant but fit the film pretty well. Dialogue was good and intricate enough that you need to pay attention to this one to keep up with the story. Sound and soundtrack were both well done.
Overall Looper is a decent sci-fi time-travel flick that remains entertaining from beginning to end. The most difficult part of the film will be in trying not to analyze the impact of the time-travel. Those who enjoy time-travel films, or moral dilemma stories, will likely enjoy this the most.
With foul language, violence, gore, sexuality, and drug use save this one for older teens and above.
Looper is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
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