From the director of The Brothers Bloom, Rian Johnson, enters Looper, an exciting science fiction time travel thriller starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Time travel is soon to be invented in 2074, and druggie Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a calm, collected looper (read: time-travelling hired killer) who strives on stashing away money from successful executions of his assignments with the plan of retiring to France. The problem arises only when he meets an impossibly troublesome target and situation: he has to hunt down an older version of himself (played by Bruce Willis) who has a mission of his own to prevent the rise of an even more evil leader known as the Rainmaker. This is also bad news for the villain mastermind Abe (Jeff Daniels), who strangely remains in 2044 to keep an eye of his loopers.
We were intrigued by the interesting premise of selling yourself out for gold. In the concept of "closing the loop", the looper is assigned to kill his future self and, in return, he is promised riches for the time in between. The question of your self identity is highlighted here and perspectives from two legit "you's" is well explored.
Seems like one's taste for a partner never changes though, when both Joe's fall for farmer Sara (Emily Blunt), a single mom to Cid (Pierce Gagnon), one of the three possible kid version of the eventual Rainmaker. Another philosophical question then arises, do one silence a child if you are of the knowledge he would grow up to kill many others?
Both Willis and Gordon-Levitt put up convincing performances and the film builds up well past the half mark, but ended off disappointing with less than satisfactory round offs, which we will not spoil for you for the mind-being Looper is worth a watch.