So in this sort of futuristic but not that far in the future city, time travel hasn’t been invented yet, but it is used as the mafia thirty years in the future sends back their hits to “loopers.” Loopers kill these people in the past and then there’s no messy clean up for the guys in the future. When the company wants to end a looper’s contract it sends the future looper back with a load of cash, and then the looper kills himself* (usually without realizing it until its too late) and then live the next 30 years of his life to the fullest knowing exactly how he’ll die. But if a looper lets his loop run…
I wanted to see this movie for two reasons: 1. time travel and 2. Joseph Gordon Levitt. This movie had both of these things, but not in the way that I was hoping. First, the time travel in this movie has more paradoxes than a Steven Moffat episode of Doctor Who. It was sloppy and disappointing. Second, I really love Joseph Gordon Levitt and that will never change, but I wish he hadn’t been trying so hard to act like a Bruce Willis character.
What I wasn’t expecting from this movie was all the violence. That’s my bad. I really should have read the warnings. I spent way too much of this movie hiding because I was genuinely terrified I was going to witness something horrible. This is because very early into the movie the most terrifying scene I have ever witnessed happened. I felt ill for the rest of the movie and had trouble falling asleep. I won’t tell you exactly what happens, but I will say that if you are a fan of Unwind by Neal Shusterman you are in for a treat.
And by treat I mean a mental picture that will scar you for the rest of your life.
Now I’m not saying don’t go see this movie, but I am saying that if I had a time machine, I would go back to right before I was about to see this movie and punch myself in the face because that would be better than me having to see this movie.