I usually have one of two possible complaints with time-travel movies: 1) They either make no sense (How can John Conner send his own father back in time to conceive him?) Or 2) They are so overly complicated, you don’t figure out they don’t make sense until weeks later. While this latest time-travel movie isn’t perfect, it is a thought- provoking, intelligent story with heart.
And now it’s time to talk about a little something called 'willing suspension of disbelief.' In the future, there is time travel; however, it is illegal and the only people who use it are the darkest of criminal forces. Because bodies are hard to make disappear in the future, targets for assassination are transported back in time where a waiting hit man, called a looper, is there, ready to be dispatched. Now, here’s the tricky part: At some point in a looper’s career, the criminal organization decides to retire him. They do this by sending the same looper from 30 years in the future back in time, and the young looper assassinates his future self. Here’s the part where I say, just go with it.
Everything is going along swimmingly for Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) until--guess what--his older self (Bruce Willis) appears. Young Joe’s momentary hesitation gives older Joe the opening he needs to escape. You also must bear in mind that failing to close one’s loop can lead to some extremely dire consequences. Everyone is trying to kill older Joe, especially young Joe, and if I go any deeper, my head will explode. Suffice it to say, if you are a fan of the genre, this is an entertaining, well-acted movie, just don’t think too hard about the set up.
It’s a 7.