So Much To Say About Looper, So Little Time…

MPAA Rating: R
Run Time: 118 mins
Common Sense Rating:

“Ask yourself: who would I sacrifice for what’s MINE?”
– Seth
(Paul Dano)

There’s been plenty of buzz surrounding Looper, the sci-fi thriller by writer/director Rian Johnson. Now it’s in theaters, does it live up to the hype?

In the year 2072, the mob sends people to be eliminated to specialized assassins called loopers. Enter Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a maverick looper, who seems to be living the life.

That is, until he has to kill himself. Not like a suicide attempt, but literally killing himself from 30 year older in the future (Bruce Willis). Joe’s failure to get the job done ultimately results in chaos & has the potential to change the future as Joe knows.

Joseph Gordon Levitt shines as Joe, the hotshot looper who’s thrown for a loop himself. His immersion of the role of Joe showcases why JGL is one of the best young actors in Hollywood today. Coming off of The Dark Knight Rises and with Lincoln coming up, JGL proves that he’s here to stay.

Bruce Willis gives the commanding performance as the future Joe, who knows the consequences of the world which will happen. He’s completely at home in this role & truly brings the intensity as well as captures the emotional complexity of an older, more grizzled Joe.

Chemistry between Levitt & Willis was on point. These two gave the film just what it needed. The cast is perfectly rounded out with great supporting performances by Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels and Paul Dano.

What drew me into the movie in the first place was the interesting story. The story was done well. There was plenty of action & thrilling moments. There were also quite a few funny moments that were real and natural.

Unfortunately, there was a dip in the plot. At first, it was exactly what I expected it to be but then took a slight dip for but I was the part 1 on it started to like there were a couple of all quiet moments but it’s sweet but the story again picks it up again.

There were some parts of the movie that were a bit derivative; some for the better but some for the worst.  However, these don’t or shouldn’t destroy the overall movie plot.

As far as the time travel aspect, the concept was interesting & handled very well. What I liked most about its treatment is that doesn’t pretend to be a perfect science. It’s one of the better time travel movies that I’ve seen.

Looper is equipped with plenty of action; meaning a bit of graphic violence, at a lot of intense moments, a little bit of nudity but not no real sex scenes.

Looper was a pretty satisfying experience. It’s got the look, feel, and depth that can envelope you into this futuristic adventure world. Despite a rough patch, Looper still holds up as an exhilarating thrill ride that is well casted, well acted, & is one of the best action movies of the year. A-

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