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Looper 2012

In the futurist 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".

Starring:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis
Runtime:
1 hour, 58 minutes

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Genres Thriller, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime
Director Rian Johnson
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis
Supporting actors Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Piper Perabo, Jeff Daniels, Pierce Gagnon, Qing Xu, Tracie Thoms, Frank Brennan, Garret Dillahunt, Nick Gomez, Marcus Hester, Jon Eyez, Kevin Stillwell, Thirl Haston, James Landry Hébert, Kenneth Brown Jr., Cody Wood
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format: DVD
I found this 2012 SF film honest and quite watchable, but nothing more. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

Time travel was invented in 2074, but immediately outlawed - as result, only criminals use it. One of those uses is to send people whom criminal bosses want to be rid off in the past, so they are killed there, without leaving any traces in the present... As there is no travelling in the future, no one can return from such a voyage... This film tells basically the story of a hit man who in 2044 "welcomes" such time travelers and once "welcomed", gets rid of their bodies...

This hitman is a very average Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and in principle his story wouldn't be very interesting if it was not for a twist in the whole story which I will let you discover by yourself. Let's just say that the character played by Bruce Willis will have something to do with this whole thing...

Later, after some tribulations, Joe will meet a young woman named Sara (Emily Blunt), a single mother who struggles to make a living on a rather underperforming farm - and then things will finally get REALLY interesting...

This is not a bad film and I don't regret that I saw it, but it is not really anything very special. Yes, there are some nice twists, some of which I actually didn't see coming and yes, there are some really good scenes showing aspects of time travel which are rarely shown on the screen. But, with the exception of one really drastic and SHOCKING development, don't expect any amazing fireworks. Also, action scenes are so so, with "bad guys" hardly able to hit anything (sigh... what else is new?).
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By Squirr-El TOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 May 2013
Format: DVD
This appears to be a mix of art house and violent action films, a genre which Bruce Willis seems to inhabit comfortably. It is certainly a time travel story, but also a story of character-development, driven by the experiences of both the present (though a slightly in the future dystopian present) and (further in the) future selves of the main character, who meet in the present as part of a cross-time Murder Incorporated operation that goes wrong. Criminal organisations in the far future are sending victims back to the present to be disposed of, having sent an organiser back to set up the organisation in the first place. The assassins – one of whom is our lead character in the present – eventually retire after ‘closing the loop’ by killing their future selves to remove any witnesses to the operation, and get 30 years of retirement funded by their assassination fees. Bruce Willis is the future self of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and has reformed his ways thanks to the love of a good woman he met in his future, and when his time comes to be sent back, overcomes his captors, who have killed his wife, but travels back anyway to try and change the future by killing the man who is organising the killings while he is still a child in the present, having discovered some clues to his identity. He outwits his present self and escapes into the unnamed big city. It has already been established earlier in the film that this is a bad thing, and the criminals know how to track down the escapee by torturing the present-day version of himself, with the injuries transferring to the future self, along with scars spelling out messages.Read more ›
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By P. G. Harris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD
Looper is a rather odd, uneven movie. It is as if the writer/director had a reasonable idea for a time travel tale, and a half formed idea for a telekinesis film, and decided to shove them together.

The basic concept is that Joe, played by Joseph Gordon Leavitt has been recruited by a mafia boss sent backwards in time by 30 years from 2074 to carry out hits on undesirables, also sent back from the future, where it is seemingly impossible to dispose of the bodies. Eventually, as time travel itself is illegal, the hit-men are required to dispose of their older selves, receiving a pay off in the process which will allow them to live in comfort for the next 30 years. The second element of the story is hinted at by the fact that a proportion of the population is mildly telekinetic.
Joe's troubles begin when he fails to kill his older self, played by Bruce Willis.

The movie falls into three acts, firstly establishing the scenario of young Joe's life, secondly, rapidly telling the thirty year story of how he becomes Bruce Willis, and thirdly the event's after Old Joe's return, which also involve single mother, Emily Blunt, and her young son.

The 2044 in which the film is set is not one in which there has been a great deal of progress, other than the invention of levitating motorbikes. If anything it has a retro-feel reminiscent of Terry Gilliam's Brazil.

It is all well played and Gordon-Leavitt and Willis are convincing in establishing younger and older selves with similar mannerisms.
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