30 years from 2044 time travel will have been invented, and just as quickly outlawed. This doesn’t stop the crime syndicate from using it and that’s where Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) comes in. He’s a looper. An assassin hired to show up to a specific place at a specific time. There a person from the future will appear with a restraint coat on and a bag over his head. The looper is to shoot the person on sight, dispose of the body and collect their silver. Sounds easy enough right? Well everything is going well until Joe finds out through his friend Seth that a guy named the Rainmaker 30 years ahead is closing all of the loops. This means that when a looper is assigned to do a kill and they find gold attached to the back of the person, their loop is closed. In other words, they’ve just killed their future self and have been released from their contract to live out their final 30 years how they choose. Kind of a grim reality, but at least you have a heads up. Also in the years up to 2044, a mutation occurred creating telekinetic people or TK’s as they call them. It’s not as cool as you would think though. The extent of the power is to hover a quarter in the air.
Not long after Joe finds out what’s happening does he get his next assignment, and lo and behold it’s himself, but there’s no bag on his head, and his hands aren’t tied. Bad news for young Joe. After older Joe (Bruce Willis) knocks out his younger self he goes on the run. His plan is to kill the Rainmaker now so that he won’t be alive in the future. Older Joe is convinced that by doing this, his wife will have not been killed, and his life will be able to continue. Wait how’s his wife dead? Yeah the Rainmaker’s men killed her while abducting older Joe to send him to his death.
The rest of the movie is spent with both Joe’s on the run from young Joe’s company because the loop wasn’t closed. Every time young Joe changes the future, Older Joe now has that new memory fresh on his mind. But this also makes his older memories cloudy and possibly fade away. Time travel is tricky! So older Joe is hunting down the three kids he’s narrowed it down to being the Rainmaker, and young Joe is hiding at an address Older Joe had said was likely to be where the Rainmaker is living. This happens to be a young mother (Emily Blunt) and her child, and young Joe is able to wait there for Older Joe to show up so he can kill him and save himself. We soon learn that this child young Joe is staying with isn’t any ordinary child. Older Joe tracks him down through young Joe’s fresh new memories, and an intense scene of who will live and who will die ensues. Not to give away the ending, but let’s just say Joe gets his way.
Best of the movie: The concept of the time traveling being used how it was. It’s actually very plausible that something like that could happen, should time travel be able to happen.
Worst of the movie: Having to watch the scene of Older Joe (Bruce Willis) kill a child (one of the three he assumes). Although you don’t see it happen directly, the sounds, and implications were enough to break your heart. I’m not ruining anything for you, I’m just preparing you for what you will have to endure.
Where did this movie leave us?: Creeped out by children. I was seriously disturbed by the child, and yet he was adorable. Adorable! Which made it even harder. The movie also left us knowing that Joseph Gordon-Levitt can look hot no matter what.
Best one-liner: Young Joe to Old Joe – “We both know how this has to go down… So why don’t you do what old men do… and die.”
What the movie ruined for us: Time travel being fun.
– a la Chryshele