Joe is a Looper in the year 2044. Loopers work for a crime syndicate in 2074 who sends people back 30 years to be killed
and disposed of. When a Looper contract is up, his old self is sent back with
a big payday and this is known as “closing the Loop”. When Loopers don’t close their own
Loop, it can cause problems. A new crime boss in
the future known as The Rainmaker is closing all of the Loops. Joe is living
a carefree life between kills until he is confronted by a version of him from 2074.
Before he is able to kill his older self, Old Joe gets the jump on him and escapes.
LOOPER is an intelligent sci-fi film with
plenty of action and a premise that is worthy of another sci-fi classic known as PRIMER.
It is an almost perfect film except I would have written the ending a little differently because I think there was
more than one solution besides the one Rian Johnson chose for the climax. It
is twisty little action movie in a world where the gap between rich and poor is even greater than today in addition to the
timeless nature of a world deep in Depression. You see the timeline of old Joe’s
life until when he met young Joe. Rian Johnson had make-up effects change
the way Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s face looked so that he looked a little closer to Bruce.
Little clues and detals are layered through the film (ten percent of people having telekinetic abilities isn't just a throwaway
detail). I enjoy Johnson’s films even though they’re not quite perfect, but I wonder what he
could do with even a bigger budget. Still LOOPER is one of the better sci-fi
movies to come out this year. I wonder what the blu-ray will bring since China has a longer version with more scenes
that take place in Shanghai. I hope they offer two cuts of the film because I am curious how this intelligent and twisty
film will hold up on a second viewing.
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