“I’m sure after further examination you’d find the film is riddled with plot holes so big you could fly a Delorean through them.”

Looper Review
By Simon Jago

‘This decade’s The Matrix’ was the quote used on posters to sell this film. Quite a bold statement to make. However, all the trailers and advertisement did look promising. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, is Looper going to be one of the all-time great science fiction films, or is it just be another disappointment like so many films this year?

In 2074 time travel has been invented, but it is highly illegal and is only used by the mob. Anyone they want removed gets sent thirty years back in time where hit men called “Loopers” wait to kill them. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a Looper living the life that many people dream of; fast cars, lots of money. Everything is fine until one day the target send back for him to kill is himself (Bruce Willis). Future Joe manages to escape leaving present day Joe hunted by the mob, and desperate to stop his other self ruining his life.

Now the film is not perfect and its concept of time is pretty unconventional. I’m sure after further examination you’d find the film is riddled with plot holes so big you could fly a Delorean through them. However, it does manage the tricky subject of time travel exceedingly well to the point you almost ignore the potential mind f**k and just go along for the ride.

The film lags in places and could certainly do with a touch more action. Even when the film does play out its action set pieces they are short lived and not the most exciting examples of Bruce Willis kicking arse. I would have liked to have seen the character Joe battle it out more with his future self, although it was a thoroughly refreshing idea to see the present and future Joe hate each other instead of liking and teaming up together, or with himself? Or……………….. See it is a potential mind rape!

Using prosthetic make-up to alter Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s face to make him appear more like a younger Bruce Willis was a stroke of genius. The scene in the bar where the two sit face to face and their side profiles look identical just really sold the idea that these actors were the same person. No credit should be taken away from Joseph-Gordon-Levitt’s portrayal of a young Bruce Willis, some of the lines he delivers made me feel as if I was watching an old Brucey performance from a different movie entirely.

Looper is a clever and intellectual film. It does promise more action than it delivers but there are some beautiful ideas explored and almost unlimited possibilities with which way the story can go. If my future self got sent back here to the present, I wouldn’t try to kill him and end up in a viscous cycle of cause and effect, I’d probably just take him to the cinema to go see this film, although he may have already seen it? So then he’s seen the film before he’s seen the film because I’m the first person to take him to see the film?!?!?!? Arghhhhhhhhhhh mind f**k!!!

3.5 star rating

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