Looper ~ This is one of those movies that’s hard to explain, and once you explain it, as complicated as it is, you go wow, that’s a great idea for a movie. Looper is like that, only then it turns everything upside down and plays with possibilities. Plus time travel. And it’s awesome.
Loopers are assassins sent into the past to dispose of targets from the future. Eventually their future selves are sent back, killed by themselves, whereupon they are retired and can live happily for thirty years until their loop is closed when they are sent to the past. Got it?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is living the life of a looper, and everything is perfect until Bruce Willis, his older self, shows up, and escapes. That’s when all hell breaks loose. That’s when all the rules of time travel you thought you knew get turned in their ass.
Writer/director Rian Johnson has fun with this time travel twisting thriller, and puts both JGL and Willis through their paces. It’s full of shocks and surprises, and even Emily Blunt comes off looking good. If you think you know time travel, this will put your Terminator and Back to the Future philosophy to the test. Good stuff, worth watching.