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4.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment, 11 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Looper [DVD] (DVD)
With a story centred around time travel and hitmen, a cast headed by Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and very strong support from the likes of Emily Blunt, Looper has been getting a lot of press. Most of it, I thought, was very justified.

In the future, crime syndicates are so big they own the very best technologies, including time travel. When they want someone disappeared they literally do that, sending them back in time to be executed by a Looper - a contract hitman who asks no questions and takes payment in the gold and silver strapped to his victim. Joe is one such Looper, and then the hit that appears before him, is himself from the future, and he's on a mission.

From start to finish Looper enthralls. Notably for a film about time travel it doesn't dally with any of the dogma that has weighed down other movies. Looper pays time travel its due respect and gets on with the story. It looks very well made but doesn't appear to be big budget, with scant glimpses of future cityscapes. Rather it focuses on the characters and story, giving us two polished performances from Willis and Gordon-Levitt, with a stand-out from Emily Blunt that anchors the other two. My overriding sense throughout was of a captivating and visually compelling story as we first figured what the old Joe's mission was and then weighed its worth. It has been one of the most difficult stories for me to summarise because so much of what it's about is wrapped around the end.

Unfortunately the end, despite it's impact, gave up on the chance to resonate beyond the credits. Instead it moralised about our future being dependent on what we do now, with a slight of hand thrown in that invoked M. Night Shyamalan. I have no problem with moralising at all, if it fits the story. However, it's only at the end we realise key elements of the story have been stepped around to make it all pay dividends. It didn't so much leave a bad taste but a knot of disappointment that remains, having been so enthralled throughout.

Looper is a movie well worth your time. It is imaginative filmmaking at its best despite a finale that wasn't quite the sum of all it's parts.

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Initial post: 24 Nov 2012 18:24:01 GMT
K. Parr says:
Mad Spoilers!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Nov 2012 11:28:44 GMT
J. Potter says:
I would be very disappointed if there were spoilers? Do you have an example of what you mean?

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2012 12:10:56 GMT
Rob Payne says:
No spoilers at all, actually.

Posted on 16 Jan 2013 22:32:16 GMT
Private says:
Interested to hear some examples of films which are "weighed down" by the fundamental underpinning of the method of time travel in it? Looper can deserve no plaudits for not having the courage to even begin to justify it's pivotal plot point!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2013 01:12:13 BDT
J. Potter says:
I thought Back to the Future 2 was a very good example of a movie bogged down by the semantics of time travel. Loopers is not about time travel, it's just a mechanism used in the plot. But I do understand some of my sci-fi friends weren't to happy with the tech. in it.
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