Here’s what a looper does – in the future if you kill someone, the body is really problematic to dispose of. So much so that they ship victims to the past for the loopers to do the deed and dispose of the body. The way they finalize contracts with loopers is they send their future selves for them to dispose of so there’s no traces to their activities in the future.
Jeff Daniels plays the mob guy in the present that’s here to regulate things on the mob’s behalf. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in an unfortunate spot when his future self (portrayed by Bruce Willis) is beamed back but manages to get away before his younger self can dispatch him with the blunderbuss (basically an exaggerated shotcut that sucks at distances but is lethal at close range) that loopers prefer as their weapon of choice.
If a looper’s future self gets away, all kinds of hell can break loose, so Joe losing his older self paints a target on his back and on his future self to boot.
I have to admit, the first time I saw the trailer, I didn’t realize it was Joseph Gordon-Levitt, I thought it was a different actor that resembled him. The way they did the make up on him to make him resemble a younger Bruce Willis is really well done. His mannerisms and facial expressions are Willis as well.
The story is interesting, entertaining and a little challenging at times, especially with the addition of the TKs (telekinetics) into the story line along with a nice twist at the end and a mysterious evil future kingpin. Well written and keeps you guessing a bit.
The acting is spot on with Bruce Willis doing his best Bruce Willis which he does well with a few particularly well done emotional moments along with his usual gun toting action moves. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the stand out here (interestingly he’s also one of the film’s executive producers). His lead as the young Joe is laced with attitude, determination, and intensity that is all his own.
Emily Blunt and the aforementioned Jeff Daniels also play their roles well as does the rest of the cast. The film is well directed and keeps the pace moving the entire time.
This is a fun one to see on the big screen if you can catch it.
reviewed by Sean McKnight