Despite its convoluted time loops, Looper is a smart and entertaining sci-fi crime thriller with emotional depth.

In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” – a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good… until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. — (C) Sony

By just reading the title of the movie, you already have an idea of what you’re in for. Looper has an original take on time travel and a thought provoking story. The plot is also well executed, and the first half of the film delivers a stylish film noir in the future.

The whole cast was great in the film. JGL delivered a good impression of Bruce Willis, who in turn delivered another action role but with a more nuanced character.

However, the frantic editing masks some notable flaws in the film.The director doesn’t seem to know what to do with female characters, placing them in the movie as nothing but male support systems.

It suffers from cliche’s near the end – the getaway vehicle starts in the nick of time, the assassin suddenly misses his shots, and the lead conveniently gets the right piece of clue.

One of the most common pitfalls of sci-fi films is that the director ends up letting go of the rules he established for the movie in favor of making an impact (e.g Source Code). Looper suffers the same fate. Logically, the ending doesn’t make any sense, creating a paradox instead.

These flaws aside,  Looper is still an entertaining movie that’s both mentally and emotionally engaging. It’s not just about time travel, but the vicious cycle that people get themselves into by making the same mistakes.

My Rating: 8/10

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