MOVIE REVIEW: LOOPER (2012)

Running time: 1 hour, 58 minutes
Cast: Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt
Director: Rian Johnson

Looper is an action-packed sci-fi film set in the year 2074. Time travel has been invented, declared illegal, and then adopted by organized crime groups. These groups use time travel to go into the future and find people they want to kill. Then they bring those people back to the present to be killed by loopers. If a crime group wants to stop working with a looper, they’ll find the looper’s future self, bring him back, and have him killed by his present self.

This sounds tricky at first, but the movie does a great job at explaining the time travel situation without going overboard or getting too specific about how this all works. In fact, the time travel is actually secondary to the main story itself, which is about a looper named Joe who missed his chance to kill his future self- Old Joe- and now must track him down.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been on fire for the past couple of years. He’s working a lot and he’s joining some awesome movies. For Looper he clearly studied Willis’ speech patterns and he wears colored contacts and facial prosthetics to resemble Willis. Gordon-Levitt’s performance is rock-solid and he’s a great match for the seasoned action star Willis.

In fact, I’m surprised to say that every actor in this movie carried his or her own weight. I can’t think of one dull moment, and I found Looper to be very engaging and focused. There’s a few heart-wrenching scenes involving future selves living out the consequences of decisions made by their younger selves. That’s food for thought after the movie is over, though. If you’re looking for a philosophical discussion you won’t find it in this movie, but you will find some great acting and fun action scenes with a little sci-fi thrown in to mix it all up.

Did you see Looper? What did you think about it?

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