Movie Review : “Looper” (2012)

Title : Looper
Director: Rian Johnson
Writer: Rian Johnson
Stars:Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt

I was interested in watching this movie mainly because of two reasons. First reason was because Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis starred on it, while second one was the idea of the movie itself. Time traveling has been always an interesting topic to be brought up on silver screens. We can see many movies already created with this idea, yet still more to come with different stories. I guess the unpredictable future and our willingness to control it become one reason why we are so attached with this idea on movie.

In 2074, time traveling is invented but also illegal to be performed. But since it is nearly impossible to dispose of bodies secretly, crime bosses turn to time travel to send their targets to the past  to be killed by Loopers : assassins with gun hired to kill whoever is sent to them. Loopers will be paid by silver bars attached to the victim. When crime boss wants to end the Looper’s contract, they will simply send the future Looper to be killed by his younger self, a process named as “closing the loop”.

Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) was one of the Loopers, worked for Abe (Jeff Daniels) who was sent from the future to manage the Loopers. When his friend Seth (Paul Dano) failed to “close his loop” and asked him for help, he was hesitated but tried to help him anyway. However in the end, Joe gave up on him to keep his silver bars. Next thing he knew, he followed Seth’s path : facing his older self who he had to kill, and also failed to do it. Though it was a bit different for him since the older Joe (Bruce Willis) fought back and declared that he would kill The Rainmaker, future crime boss in the future who killed all Loopers and made his life miserable.

Though I felt that atmosphere of this movie was quite “dark”, I must say that I somehow like this movie. The idea itself, as I mentioned, was interesting with a simple storyline : bad guys wanted to have un-tracked murders with no evidence, so they sent the victims to the past where other people would take care of it. The complexity of this idea of course occured when older Joe was back into the past and interacted directly with younger Joe. Older Joe’s life created because of actions taken by younger Joe. But since older Joe changed the story by escaping to the past to find the Rainmaker and met younger Joe, the story of his life was become unpredictable and just a number of probabilities. Younger Joe  could take different path which will create completely different story, and maybe older Joe would not be the same person as himself. Sounds confusing? I know, I also get confused in the beginning 😛

Joseph Gordon-Levitt was playing nice as younger Joe, an arrogant youth who thought he was in control of his life, but in actual totally lost control of it. I was quite impressed with Bruce Willis as I thought he did his role as older Joe very well. One character that impressed me in a quite scary way was the child self of Rainmaker, Cid, played by Pierce Gagnon. I seriously thought this kid would have a bright future in horror movies after I saw his acting on this movie 😛

Overall it was a good movie to watch. It didn’t make me in awe, but surely was not forgettable. If only conflict between younger and older Joe had been explored a little bit more, it might be more interesting for me and could have made me much more impressed. But hey, 3 from 5 stars point from me, so don’t hesitate to watch it 🙂


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