‘Time travel hasn’t been invented yet, but in 30 years time it will have been.’
This is the premise that director Rian Johnson’s third motion picture begins with. Set in 2044, the film Looper portrays the life and work of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character, Joe.
Time travel in the future has been outlawed, and is now only used by gangsters who are eager to tie up lose ends without leaving behind any traces. So, they send their victims back in time to 2044, bound with a bag over their heads, to be shot and killed by the Loopers in that time.
Joe is one of these Loopers, but his simple life and bright future is thrown into disarray when he lets one of his victims escape… A victim that happens to be his future self. Bruce Willis plays the future Joe, who has managed to fight off his captors and has sent himself back in time to find and kill the child version of an evil gangster called the Rainmaker, in order to save the life of his wife.
The Rainmaker has been closing the loops, whereby he sends Loopers back from the future to be killed by their younger selves. With both Joe’s now on the run, and both searching for the young Rainmaker, they end up at a farmhouse, where Emily Blunt’s character Sara lives with her son Cid.
There is a lot of drama, a lot of action, a tiny bit of romance and a massive final twist that you won’t see coming. The work from the three main actors is outstanding, which is to be expected, but it was the work of the young Pierce Gagnon who plays Cid (who One Tree Hill fans will recognise as little Logan) that really captured me.
I won’t lie to you and say that this sci-fi, gangster movie is the best film you’ll ever see, but it isn’t the worst either and is definitely worth a watch.