DMG Entertainment, Endgame Entertainment, FilmDistrict,
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Piper Perabo, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Jeff Daniels, Tracie Thoms, Pierce Gagnon
Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a Looper. In the future, time travel was invented, but it was highly illegal. It was taken over by the mob, and when they needed to get rid of a body, there was no practical way, so they would send the prisoner back in time to a set time and place where the Looper would instantly kill him and dispose of the body. It seems someone VERY evil has taken over the mob and is getting rid of all the loopers, by sending the looper himself back from the future to be killed by his younger self. When Joe meets himself from the future (Bruce Willis) he manages to outsmart himself and escape. Now present Joe must find future Joe before future Joe finds the one who is responsible for all the problems in the first place. This is a sci-fi drama that will really make you think.
I was very impressed with this story. It is not a fast paced action thriller as you might expect (although there is a lot of run and chase in it) but it’s much more cerebral than that. There is a lot of levels of this story, and it could get confusing if you’re not paying attention, so it does take some concentration to keep it straight. But it was really well acted, and has a lot of character development which makes it very enjoyable to watch. Emily Blunt plays a young mother (and a very complex character as well) which is very well done. Bruce Willis doesn’t get as much screen time as he could have. I would like to have seen more develop between Young Joe and Old Joe, but we didn’t get a lot of that. But Bruce makes the very best of the screen time he does get, and he’s an interesting character as well. He is somewhere between ruthless and crass and a tender and loving old coot, and he’s actually both most of the time.
All in all, this was a very good film. I enjoyed the setting very much. It’s set in about 2024 or something like that, but it could really be any time. It’s kind of interesting to see a movie set in a future date with a further future date down the road. We get to learn a little about both times. It’s also interesting with the characters of young Joe and old Joe. You can see the difference between youth and character, and age and wisdom, but see the similarities in the two versions of the same character. I will be thinking about this film for quite a while, and I predict it will do pretty decently in the box office as it was a very good adventure.
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