by Tony Medley
Run time 116
I generally like
time warp movies. To give this one credit, it is ingenious, but entirely
too cold-bloodedly violent. Written and directed by Rian Johnson it is
set in Kansas in the year 2044. The idea is that time travel has been
invented but it is illegal and only used by the mob. When the mob wants
to get rid of someone they send that person 30 years into the past (to
2044) where a "Looper" dispatches him and dumps his body.
Gordon-Levitt) is a Looper who discovers that one of the people he is
required to kill (Bruce Willis) is actually Joe himself (called letting
the Loop run). This sends Joe's life into a tailspin, especially when
Bruce lets him in on what happens and why he's there.
As I said, this
is ingenious, one of the better crafted time warp stories I've seen. But
recent movies paint the future as dark and depressing. There seems to be
no joy in the future. Joe lives in a mechanized apartment that looks
like a slum, even though he's well paid for what he does. Apparently
modern film makers don't hold out much hope for the future.
The movie picks
up when Emily Blunt appears. She's a mother who lives alone with her strange son on a farm surrounded by corn stalks. While Willis and
Gordon-Levitt give fine performances, the one who really makes the movie
come alive is Blunt.
most films directed by the writer this runs far too long, there are some
interesting dialogues, especially those between Joe now and Joe in the
future. Paul Dano makes a short, but effective appearance as a looper
who refuses to let his loop run. The creation of life in 2044, while
bleak, does look futuristic but distinctly unappealing.