The year is 2044, and during this time, organized crime has grown and extraordinary mutation is present in 10% of the population. Thirty years in the future, time travel would be invented, and powerful mafia bosses would use it for their illegal activities such as dispatching people they wanted dead. Loopers, hired assassins of the mafia in the present, would kill and dispose these people that have been sent to them from the future. In the contract of looping, they would also be sent back to the past after 30 years to close the loop, by killing them as well. Joe Simmons (played by Joseph Gordon- Levitt), a young looper whose future self (Bruce Willis) escaped before he could close the loop, must find a way to settle something that really matters. He has to know, though, whether it is himself, his old self or the future of the world?
I immediately noticed in the movie that some scenes register greatly onscreen. The director, Rian Johnson, has his way of showing how simple things could seem more beautiful than the way they are. The filth of the city setting and the raggedness of the suburb setting could be felt through the visuals.
Watching the movie did not feel like it was 2 hours long. There were scenes necessary to be fast-paced, some to be slow-paced, but it all worked well in the end. The suspense built up early on and it continued until its breath-taking climax. The ending was not that surprising, but it justified everything the main characters were doing.
I must admit, though, that the movie’s visual effects weren’t at par with those of some of the biggest summer movies of this year. Some scenes that needed special effects weren’t presented smoothly. Nevertheless, there were a few that stood out. The best one for me came out right at the climax part of the movie.
It’s fascinating how Joseph Gordon- Levitt could look like Bruce Willis as both actors took on the roles of the main character. Even though there were scenes where this wasn’t apparent, the way Gordon- Levitt acted sealed the deal. His character as the younger Joe had the meatiest part in the story, and he’s able to play it out really well. But it’s not only him who was outstanding in the movie. The other outstanding actor in the movie was no other than Pierce Gagnon, the child actor who played a significant role in this time-travelling story. This child’s so expressive with the way he moved parts of his face. His eyes told a lot about the emotions he wanted to convey.
I may not consider “Looper” as a great movie, but it’s way better than many of the sci-fi movies that I have seen.
LOOPER movie rating by the pondering movie fan: 3.5 out of 5 stars