Movies of the week
Told to details with twists around every corner, Looper is a movie you are advised to watch without an eye blink, otherwise you’ll miss a large chunk of action. The plot is intricate for sure, but the intricacy is to support and raise the thrill factor. As I advised you moments ago, Looper is a plot oriented movie you’ll connect with more, the more acutely you watch it.
Rian Johnson’s script is interlaced with sci-fi elements such as time travel, out of the ordinary conspiracy to murder and much more. The plot with its mysterious shadows will evoke further interest and will throw you into a spiral of thrills to remember for sometime.
Introducing Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a weak personality with a strong infatuation for substance abuse, and also, a contract killer with no regrets. The time is 2044 and the scientists are still some years away from discovering a pathway to the past or future. On the contrary, the world of 2074 has developed the means of time travel, but its practice has been abolished. Joe is a hired gun of Abe (Jeff Daniels) and he murders people transported from 74. Joe knows the landing spot of his targets beforehand and murders them as soon as they materialize.
Loopers are making hay in the sunshine, they are killing without being caught and swelling their bank balance. Ahead in 2074, the breeze of change is blowing hard and there is general consensus that the 2044 Loopers are becoming obsolete. To retire them gradually of their jobs, the future Loopers are transported to 2044 to target their younger selves.
Joe is slated for a face off with his future self (enacted by Bruce Willis), but things do not work out as originally intended. As a consequence, both Joe and his older version played by Bruce Willis are labeled as absconders.
The Performance Meter
Gordon Levitt comes first in the race with a refreshing performance, closely followed by Bruce Willis who exercises a commanding presence on screen as always, and then comes Emily Blunt, portaying a mother on her own, living in close quarters to the vertex point where people from the future materialize in 2044. She also steps into the picture as the sweet and comforting spot in the erratic life of Gordon Lewitt’s character.
What stands out about the movie is the careful treatment meted out to its complicated plot. A little bit of mistake there and the things would have turned out otherwise.