Review: Looper

Monday, October 1-

In a tale of two fates, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis play the same character (Joe); although both actors play the character at different points in his life.

Gordon-Levitt plays a young, fashionable looper, which is a specialized assassin. Loopers’ jobs consist of receiving a time from your superiors, going to a secluded location and setting a white tarp down on the ground, waiting for someone kneeling down with a bag over their head to appear out of thin air and shooting them until death.

The victim that appears out of thin air is actually zapped there from the future through a time machine. Loopers work for a company that goes 30 years into the future to take people they want dead and brings them back to the present time so that they can be properly and easily disposed of.

When the company wants to relieve loopers of their duties, they simply close the loop. This means that the company goes into the future to take one of their loopers in order to send them back to the present to be executed by the same looper in the present time. The looper then receives a large paycheck and an ultimatum of 30 years to live.

This is what happens to Gordon-Levitt’s character. However, he was unable to muster up the confidence to kill his older self, and in effect, his older self got away.

Confused? You should be. Director Rian Johnson’s brilliant movie has many plot twists that just add to the immensely confusing concept of the film. However, it all came together to make perfect sense in the end, similar to the way Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster Inception captivated audiences around the world.

A couple areas of the film that intrigued me were the sets/setting and the visuals. Gordon-Levitt’s face was actually altered using CGI so that he would look more like Willis; a scene that shows the two Joe’s sit next to each other is an outstanding representation of how much the two actually did look alike. The technology is unbelievable.

I was extremely impressed by props and sets as well. For example, Johnson used types of vehicles to separate the wealthy from the poor. Poverty-stricken areas usually had rusty cars with solar panels on them while the wealthy neighborhoods had hover-bikes, especially among the looper community.

“Looper” is one of the best movies of the year, and I would go as far to say it is this year’s version of “Inception”.


-Ian Stratta

Staff Writer

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