LOOPER throws you for a loop

Looper staring Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and Joseph Gordon-Levitt came out in 2012. I have been wanting to see this movie but sadly it never came to our small town theater and when it hit DVD, no cash to buy it. Eventually however, I was able to get the money to buy the DVD and I have finally watched it.

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My rating for Looper: 6 out of 10 stars.

It was disappointing. I was really hoping for a better developed storyline and honestly, I was left with more questions than answers. Sure the ending wraps up most of the story but leaves you with new questions, and no chance for a sequel to find them out.

The storyline for this movie is that Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a hired killer for the mob, set in 2044. He works for the mob, killing people from the future, where in 30 years, time travel exists. The only hitch, time travel is outlawed in the future and getting rid of a body is harder. So they send them back to be killed and disposed of. One thing that happens however, is that the Loopers eventually have their own lives put to an end, this means they may end of killing themselves. How do they know? Well any other kill they receive silver (form of payment) but if they are killing themselves it’s gold.

Joe is left with a decision to kill himself or let himself live (back from the future). There’s a twist in the storyline that set you in for see Joe’s younger self find his story and then we jump to Joe’s older self (Bruce Willis). The movie follows both well but there’s a lot of moment where you are wondering why it’s included.

Older Joe sets off to kill a man known as the “Rain maker” in the future. He wants to stop him when he is younger from creating time travel and becoming head of all the mobs. A young boy is killed first, completely unaware or why and then he goes after another one. Meanwhile Young Joe is hiding out on a farm (three locations on a map that Older Joe is off to kill people). He meets Sara and her boy Cid. Cid is a very smart kid and you can figure out quickly this is the kid version of the Rain Maker. Young Joe sets out to protect these two and even ends up sleeping with Sara (lucky guy).

Older Joe quickly figures out that the kid he needs to kill is at the farm and after taking out the mob of one city, he heads to the farm. He ends up upsetting Cid (who has TK) and is almost killed by is inability to control it. In the end of the movie, Young Joe figures out that he is Cid and that in order to end the cycle of death. He shoots himself and Older Joe disappears.

So now we are left with this conclusion. Cid is Joe. Joe stopped all of it from happening by killing himself. And that Joe, actually slept with his mom (script writer must have some mommy issues). But now we get to the questions. The first is obvious, does he still become the Rain Maker in the future? Is time travel still developed? And if he is Cid, did breaking the cycle fix the future or change it all? And finally, HOW THE HELL DID JOE AND CID end up in the same time period?

So many laws of time travel are destroyed by this movie and while the logic is there, it’s not developed the way it needs to me. It leaves you with a creepy feeling and that is one of the reason probably why it didn’t do so well.

Overall however, I did like the basic points of the movie. Just not the unanswered questions and the creepy factors.

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One thought on “LOOPER throws you for a loop

  1. Great review. Didn’t have me as emotionally-invested as I thought I could have been, but still, a pretty solid sci-fi flick that’s heavy on story and characters, which is all that mattered to me.

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