Directed by: Rian Johnson
Starring: Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels
Sassi’s Star Rating: 3/5
Looper is set in the year 2072 and time travel, although illegal, is happening and its causing all sorts of strife back thirty years earlier where our character Joe (Gordon-Levitt) is an assassin. Pretty easy job being a ‘looper’, someone is sent back in time at a certain place, have gun, will kill when they arrive. A quick disposal of the body, collect some bounty for that and move on. A pretty simple life, but Joe has bigger plans, he doesn’t want to do it forever, but knows that this is a quick and dirty way of making cash in a society that seems to be lacking in any kind of wealth on the streets.
Things change when the futurists decide that they want to ‘close the loop’ on some of their operatives. This involves sending back the actual looper to be assassinated by, well, themselves. Abe (Daniels) is Joe’s boss and he’s intent to ensure these contracts go through without remorse, after all, the price seems to be worth it?
So old Joe (Willis) is transported back in time to young Joe and things don’t go to plan. Clever crafting of Gordon-Levitt’s features and some intense training on the Willis grimace has created a rather believable pairing of the two. We’ve seen time travel before in films, but this is a little different and I liked the storyline immensely. Having said that, there is always the danger of ‘loopholes’, that’s right, I said it. Time travel creates issues for the audience as to whether to believe the content and whether it would happen that way or not, compared to what you believe when considering quantam physics. That aside, I found it enjoyable, but I could also see why some might get annoyed by slight inaccuracies.
Sara (Blunt) is a welcome addition to this action sci-fi and I love seeing her expand the horizons. She is pivotal to the story as she harbours a son that may hold the answer to the future’s troubles. Will old Joe and young Joe be able to work out their issues before descending on Sara’s world? As the movie says, he’s hunted by his future and haunted by his past – which will win?
Get in the loop, in cinemas now.
Category: Film & TV