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Review of: Looper
Directed by :
Rian Johnson

Reviewed by:
Rating:
3
On January 10, 2013
Last modified:January 10, 2013

Summary:

Looper starts strong and then fades abruptly into a cookie cutter action flick. Despite this the film is full of good performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, and most notably child actor Pierce Gagnon whose performance alone is worth the sticker price of a blu-ray.

Looper is a sci-fi action movie from director Rian Johnson starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. “Loopers” are hitmen in the year 2044 who kill people sent to the past from 2074. Loopers are paid a small fortune in silver for each hit they perform but the big payday comes when they have to kill themselves. The Loopers  are released from their contract and given thirty years to live their life until they are sent back to be killed by their self.

I’ve gone cross-eyed.

Every good time travel flick should make you cross-eyed when trying to explain it to someone else. The premise of Looper is great. The execution of Looper,unfortunately, is not.

The first half of the film introduces Levitt who plays Joe one of the Loopers working for Abe played by Jeff Daniels. Joe kills guys dropped off in the past from the future and parties at night. He does this everyday until he’s confronted by his future self played by Bruce Willis. Old Joe proves to be quite spry for an older fellow and escapes assassination. The setup is both well done and interesting which is why the second half of the movie left such a bad taste in my mouth.

The movie devolves into a Dean Koontz  novel, laying out a very simple story in a way where you are anticipating twists and turns that never materialize. Since Looper is a time travel tale one would expect the film to, gee I don’t know, loop around but it becomes a straight forward action action movie.

Looper starts strong and then fades abruptly into a cookie cutter action flick. Despite this the film is full of good performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, and most notably child actor Pierce Gagnon whose performance alone is worth the sticker price of a blu-ray.

 

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