Jens' Review of Looper

  • 20 months ago via Flixster

    Looper (2012)

    Looper is another time-traveler flick, which takes place in the year 2044, where time traveling isn't invented yet, but it will be in thirty years. But that doesn't stop the mafia of the future to hire hit men from the past to take out the garbage, by sending criminals back in time to be executed by hit men called "Loopers". But the Looper themselves is gonna execute themselves from the future so they make sure that time traveling remains a secret. But one looper named Joe Simmons (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who's about to execute his future self (Bruce Willis) who's able to escape thanks to past Joe's moment of uncertainty. This means that both Joe's are in trouble. The other Loopers hunting for young Joe, and young Joe chasing after old Joe.

    The time traveling genre is always a hard nut to crack. Because it raises more question than it asks. But there's a pretty good cafe scene where Willis tells Gordon-Levitt that they can sit there for hours making diagrams. This phenomenon isn't new, but it's well used in Looper. There's a lot of great action scenes, which isn't exactly R rated, but good enough. But what I really liked about this movie was Bruce Willis' ability to watch what his past self is doing or are going to do, and the scar messages that Gordon-Levitt intersect on his arm.

    I did like Looper. But there was one significant problem. The problem was a certain kid, which are pure evil. It's pretty much an annoying kid, which we don't empathize with, like Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels. And why does people suddenly have telekinetic powers? It seems wrong to put it in this film. All it does is to create more tension for the sake of good action scenes. It does not really don't add anything to the story. But I'm not gonna quarrel about realism, this is after all a story about time-traveling. Overall Looper is a good thrilling science fiction film, which is by no means revolutionary like "Inception". It's a small movie like "The Adjustment Bureau". A movie that won't get any cult following. It's just another science fiction film, but a good one. Thumbs up.

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