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Originally released as a motion picture in 2012.
Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt.
In the year 2074, the mob sends problem people back in time, where a hired gun awaits to eliminate them. Joe is one such hired gun, good at what he does. But problems arise when the mob tries to 'close the loop,' and Joe comes face-to-face with his future self during a hit. When Joe's future self escapes after he hesitates to finish the assignment, Joe must chase himself down and finish the job.
DVD, region 1, anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1; described video.
...but I just couldn't. I really like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and I've liked the director's other films. But something about this just didn't grab me. I have a hard time with time travel movies in general because they're never logical, and this one certainly wasn't. And I couldn't get over the eye color change on JGL. Throughout most of the movie, I was really distracted by his face because something about it just didn't seem natural. Finally I realized what it was, and it sort of irritated me. Why not change Bruce Willis' eyes? I think it would've been less glaring.
The plot line was too open-ended, too. There were a couple twists, but overall a lot of it just didn't make sense.
A smart, stylish, and entertaining what-if time travel story. Like Inception, it leaves the viewer with more questions, including open-ended questions, than it really answers. Also like Inception, I think an entire philosophy course could be based on the issues it explores and raises.
In some ways Looper reminded me of Rian Johnson's first film, Brick. In both films Joseph Gordon-Levitt discovers a violent secret and has to work backwards in time to figure out what's going on and put a stop to it. Both films also connected to organized crime and focus strongly on portraying the consequences of the actions we take. There's a sort of sense of karma where our actions come back to haunt us (literally in the case of Looper).
Looper was much better than I expected it to be. I expected a shoot-em-up action movie with an old-cop, young-cop team of vigilantes. This could have been that movie, but it's a lot better. The delineation of "good guys" and "bad guys" is much fuzzier than in most action films. I also loved the actor who plays Cid, the little boy. I thought he did an amazingly good job. He was actually my favorite character. I have no idea how old Pierce Gagnon is in real life, but we will definitely be seeing him more in the future. Maybe he's the next Haley Joel Osment. If I knew Bruce Willis personally, I would ask him which one was more fun to work with.