Monday, January 21, 2013


Finally, a movie that makes time travel seem really unappealing!

Looper takes place in a future where time travel has been invented, but outlawed, which means that mainly criminal organizations use it. It's used primarily to send people back in time to be assassinated, and Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is one of those assassins, referred to as "loopers" in the film. Assassins "close the loop" when their future selves are sent back to be assassinated by...themselves. There are strict penalties for not closing your loop. When old Joe (Bruce Willis) is sent back, he breaks free, his purpose in coming back (other than being forced to) is to prevent his future self from losing everything he cared for at the hands of a crime lord. Young Joe, however, becomes entangled in the life of that person, who is a child in his present, and must face off with himself to protect that child and his mother (Emily Blunt). That's about as much as I can explain it without starting to confuse myself!

Though the movie contains big names like Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, as well as critical darling Paul Dano, the real star of this movie are JGL's prosthetics, which are intended to make him more closely resemble Bruce Willis. The make-up is terrifying, but also strangely effective, it ends making JGL look like a younger Bruce Willis who's been through a rough patch. The actual actors' performances though, are pretty good and make up for a movie that can be very tough to follow. It's interesting to see a film where the same character, albeit a young and older version, is both the protagonist and antagonist.

Mini soundtrack:

Chuck & Mac - "Powerful Love"

Son Lux - "Weapons"

Warren Zevon - "Carmelita"

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