RATING: R (for language, strong violence, drug use, and some sexuality/nudity)
DIRECTOR: Rian Johnson
WRITER: Rian Johnson
WHO’S IN IT: Joseph Gordon Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels
THE STORY: In the year 2072, time travel is possible and is only used by the mafia when they want to dispose of somebody they don’t around anymore. The victims are sent 30 years into the past, where specialized hitmen known as “Loopers” kill them and burn the body. One particular Looper is Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who one day is sent a very particular target: the future version of himself (Bruce Willis), who escapes and must carry out his own self-guided mission and the younger Joe must find him.
IN MY OPINION: Looper is an inventive film that takes familiar elements and makes them blend together to create its own world. Although the first part of the film, following Joe (Gordon-Levitt’s prosthetics to make him look like a strange hybrid of himself and Bruce Willis, who really don’t have many facial similarities, are surprisingly effective, and it’s a testament to the acting of Gordon-Levitt that he manages to not make his impression of Bruce Willis, squinty-eyed look and all, unintentionally hilarious) and his life, may seem a tad slow if you’re waiting for the action and explosions, but it is still interesting, showing you how this world and the time travel works (people can’t only be sent back in time, not forward, and how Loopers are normally supposed to handle the future versions of themselves). Everything becomes more interesting as it goes on.
The film picks up when the time travel elements truly come into play, when we are shown how Joe spent the 30 years before he was sent back to be killed. Older Joe’s reasons for trying to stay alive (he cares very little for himself) are in many ways just as selfish as younger Joe’s reasons to find and kill this old, desperate version of himself. Also coming into a play are a woman (Emily Blunt, with a mostly flawless American accent) who lives out in the middle of nowhere and her troubled son (Pierce Gagnon). Saying anything more would be giving away an intelligently done story that is both entertaining and has you thinking after you’ve left the theater.
WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID:
“The movie was unexpectedly good. I was pleasantly surprised; time travel movies aren’t very good usually.” ~ Lily Lucas, Mt. Pleasant
(On the Big Screen is a regular monthly feature of The Laker Current and is compiled by staff writers. It is designed to spotlight movies being shown in local theaters.)