Looper (2012)

“We need to make it stronger.”

So today I ventured to my local multiplex and saw Looper. This is a high-concept sci-fi adventure about time travel, mixed with plenty of shoot-em-up and some excellent acting, and it’s really pretty awesome. Unfortunately, I’m having a hard time writing this review because so much of what I’d want to discuss is seated firmly in spoiler territory. Suffice to say, it’s a really fun and interesting movie, that had a plot that went all kinds of directions I wasn’t expecting. I’m a fan of clever timey-wimey stuff in my time travel movies, and this had that aplenty. There were a few areas where I would have loved if they had done just a bit more with the concept, but overall it was well done.

This is going to be a quick review, but I’d be amiss if I didn’t mention the fantastic job Joseph Gordon-Levitt did in portraying a younger version of the character played by Bruce Willis. There have been plenty of movies where one actor plays an older or younger version of a character played by another actor. If anyone else has done as well with this as Looper I’ve never seen it.

I really enjoyed this movie, but that’s not to say its not without its faults. The film is a little bit slow at times, I think this was probably needed for the story being told, but it still led to me sitting there waiting for the story to get going again. This pacing issue and some plot nitpicking (that I’ve decided not to go into here), is just enough to knock this movie down from the elite ranks of “must see” films, but it’s absolutely worth seeing, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you probably should.

[Looper (2012) – Directed by Rian Johnson – Rated R for strong violence, language, some sexuality/nudity and drug content]

OM|ED Rating: Worth Seeing