In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a looper, a hired gun, like Joe is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good until the day the mob decides to close the loop, sending back Joe's future self for assassination.
It started out good but went downhill. So a looper will eventually have to kill himself? Who in their right mind would actually do that if they were faced with that situation. The acting wasn't bad but it slows down too much. It was alright with just having a time travel aspect to it but then when the movie throws in that 10% of the population has telekinesis and can make things float that just left me wondering why they have to ruin movies that have so much potential! The ending really ruins the whole movie and takes away any re-watch factor that there might have been. Why they ended it the way that they did I have no idea. The writers weren't very smart to do so because it'll end up turning away a lot of viewers from buying or seeing the movie in theaters. 5.5/10
What is it about time travel that is so hypnotic, magnetic, romantic? The possibility of rectifying past errors? Reclaiming the "one who got away"? Or just the supernatural, infallible power of "knowing", and possibly "altering" destiny?
Time travel has been a pervasive genre, informing contemporary film and literature: "Time After Time", "Terminator", "Donnie Darko", "Groundhog Day" (crippling, anesthetizing redundancy), "Back to the Future"; Audrey Niffenegger's "The Time Traveler's Wife" (also a movie) and most recently Robert Koppel's "The Next Step: A Gobsmacking Odyssey of Reinvention", tempting, teasing versions of mind and body tackling and overcoming matter.
Many owe a debt to Chris Marker (1921-2012) an iconic French writer and filmmaker, forerunner in imagining the unimaginable; "La Jette" (The Pier, 1962) is a 28 minute black and white film, comprised of stills, ending with the protagonist visioning his demise; this brilliant film inspired Terry Gilliam's 1995, "12 Monkeys" and was a monumental influence on Rian Johnson's "Loopers".
"Loopers" should appeal to a wide audience, even those who are not science-fiction aficionados; erudite, fascinating, riveting, a mind-bending, enthralling experience. "Joe" played simultaneously by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis ("Old Joe"). The year is 2044 and the world is controlled by organized crime; time travel is invented in 2074; those who the "Boss" (Jeff Daniels, gives a creepy, malevolent performance as "Abe") wants eliminated, are sent back from the future to be slaughtered and incinerated by "loopers". Young Joe must complete his loop by killing his older self.
"Loopers" soars with scintillating performances by Gordon-Levitt and Willis. Because of the dazzling craftsmanship of the makeup artists, Gordon-Levitt is miraculously transformed into a young Bruce Willis; his superb capturing of every nuance, grimace, strut, erases any question that the young and older man are one in the same. Bruce Willis chisels another notch on his scale of memorable movie moments.
Emily Blunt gives a solid depiction of a tough, savvy, farm girl, "Sara", the mother of "Cid" (an assiduously astounding performance by five-year-old Pierce Gagnon)!
"Loopers" will trigger a myriad of "movie conversations", but more than anything it bounces from the past to present with roller-coaster, exhilarating ease, culminating in an intriguing, questioning conclusion. "Loopers" has cemented a firm position in the rarefied, archival echelons of time travel flicks.
The first 30 minutes of the movie were very good and I thought is was going to be great. Then the movie shifted after they showed you the main point of the movie. It then is stranded for the next hour in trying to tie in points of the movie that are very boring. I almost fell asleep but forced myself to stay awake and hoping the movie would just end. on and on it just hung and turned into a psudo love story then a manhunt followed by the BIG surpise ending that left you scratching your head...What the "F" it was just stupid. I just didn't get and don't want to even try. I was not alone as the entire theator just boo'd and you coud hear a large portion of the theator verbally say "that sucked". Save your money