This past weekend I went to see the new Rian Johnson film ‘Looper’. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis as the same man just at different times in the course of their life.
The movie goes beyond most action films and challenges the audience to contemplate what life would be like if you were literally your own predator and prey. The film is sleek and futuristic without being campy or overdone. In this world, a Mazda convertible in good shape is considered a luxury car and most of the population lives in shambles. There is no real law enforcement and people run wild on the streets.
The only real power is in being a looper. You are hired to kill criminals sent from the future back to present time so that their wrongdoings will have never happened. You make more money and live in a world filled with money, women, and excitement. So who wouldn’t want that?
There’s a catch though, isn’t there always? A looper’s career and life are much more short lived then other people because when a looper is no longer needed, their future self is sent back to the present and killed by themselves. And so begins the story.
This clever flick doesn’t hit like other action films but then again it doesn’t have to. It lets the story take the driver’s seat while still impressive and hard hitting excitement and battles take a passenger seat. They intertwine in a natural flow throughout the movie, with tense moments being paired with thick plot.
The film is unpredictable and enticing to watch and I can’t wait to see it again.