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Movie Review: Looper

 Joseph Gordon-LevittBruce WillisEmily BluntPaul Dano

I love a good, mind bending story, and Looper delivers in a big way. Set in the near, and far, future, Looper explores what would happen if time travel were actually invented. It’s immediately outlawed, of course, which simply means that only outlaws can use it. It’s sort of like guns, but… not. Anyway, the story follows Joe, the protagonist who happens to be working for the mob as one of their Loopers. He arrives at the appointed time and place, shoots whoever appears, and gets rid of the body, no questions asked.

I have to reflect right there on the meaning of “hero.” This movie isn’t exactly about a hero. It’s about a protagonist who actually, if you think about it, isn’t a very nice guy. There’s certainly nothing heroic about him. He kills people for a living and thinks nothing of it. He also knows that some day his loop will be “closed.” He’ll have 30 years to live after that, and then pop! He’ll be the next one iced. Closed loop.

But for him, it’s not that neatly tied up. I don’t want to get too much into the plot because for this movie, the plot is where the fun is. It twists, it turns, it, dare I say, loops around itself and leaves you pondering for hours afterward about space-time and paradox and what would happen if that happened to me. The ending alone had my husband and I talking/discussing/arguing all through dinner.

The acting was great. Even Bruce Willis seemed less his usual self and more… there. I loved the kid. I found the whole thing refreshing, original, and with a twist at the end that I did not see coming but once it happened, I thought “yes, that’s exactly right.”

I’d say if you liked Inception, you’ll probably like this even more. I couldn’t find any plot holes, which is saying something considering all the time travel. My husband thought he found one but in the end I convinced him it wasn’t a hole, it was a closed loop. At least, I think I convinced him. He may have just been tired of arguing.

Go see this with someone you can debate with afterwards.


5 comments on… “Movie Review: Looper”

  1. My husband and I thought about seeing this one and chose Argo instead (which I actually enjoyed quite a bit, minus the overuse of the F word). I don’t know that we’ll get a chance to see Looper yet in theater, but you’ve just convinced me it needs to go on our list to watch later.

    • My husband wants to see Argo but I wasn’t so sure it was a “me” movie. Let me know what you think of Looper when you do see it.

  2. We saw Looper at one of those fancy dinner and movie places. It was super cool, but our stupid waiter kept coming up to us at very important moments in the movie! My husband and I probably had a very similar discussion to you and your husband. We couldn’t find any plot holes either.

    I have to say, it was a bit graphic/gory for me, but I’m a total wimp. But that didn’t stop me from enjoying the movie. Did I have nightmares for a few days? Yep, but again, I liked the movie.

    And you are so right about the end! Totally didn’t see that one coming.

    • I’m sad because that’s one thing that seems to be missing in the DC area…a movie/dinner place! There’s an AMC Dine-In theater by our place in Dallas and it’s so amazingly awesome that I can’t see a movie any other way now! DC is missing out. (waiter aside…they know better than to interrupt.)

  3. We haven’t been to the movies in FAR too long. I want to see this movie and my husband mentioned wanting to see Argo. I admit to not being up to what’s out as all I see playing on the television is some horrid cartoon all the time. Gag.

    I can’t imagine being interrupted by a waiter during a movie. The husband would go nuts. We are all about Muvico. We get our dinner and drink (wine, cocktail) beforehand and take in with us. No interruptions.

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