LOOPER is one of those movies that was so overly hyped to me that I went in with expectations that couldn’t be matched. Even though I liked it the first time I saw it, I wasn’t as blown away as everyone else (including critics) seemed to be. I decided to give it another try and watch it with fresh eyes and I liked it much more the second time around.
A timey-wimey time futuristic action-thriller, LOOPER posits that in the future time travel has been perfected but is illegal. Mob bosses in the future have found it convenient though to get rid of unwanted bodies as murder victims have become almost impossible to conceal. They send the living victims back to the past where hired assassins called “Loopers” stand ready to take them out and claim their money conveniently sent with the quarry.
Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is one of the best Loopers in the business. He’s got his own way of doing things but the boss respects him. That is until his next target turns out to be himself from the future (Bruce Willis) and he allows him to escape. Determined to set things right, Joe hunts down his future self, but “closing the loop” proves harder than he thought and maybe the future isn’t etched in stone after all.
Directed by Rian Johnson (BRICK), LOOPER is a smartly conceived film and requires your full attention when watching. There’s a lot of exposition to keep track of and because this deals with alternate time streams, it can get a little challenging to follow.
It’s also very unconventional in it’s plotting and structure, but that’s a good thing. I happen to like a wholly original film and LOOPER certainly is like no other that I can think of other than maybe MINORITY REPORT.