Looper

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt

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.

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– a la Chryshele

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Hope Springs

Starring: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell

Arnold and Kay have lost the spark in their marriage after 30 years. They sleep in separate rooms and barely interact. Day in and day out, it’s the same routine and Kay has taken notice. Kay decides to bring back the spark and goes on the hunt for a solution. She comes across a book by Dr. Field, and discovers he holds intense counseling sessions in Maine. Kay books a flight out with a reluctant Arnold in tow. Throughout the sessions, Arnold is difficult, unwilling to share his thoughts, discuss his personal life, and feels there is no need to fix his marriage. You can tell he’s holding back, and finally has a breakthrough. They both do. You learn why Arnold is so against expressing how he feels, and it’s because he didn’t want to make Kay do things she doesn’t like to do. Therefore he has bottled everything up and closed himself off from her completely. Once Kay knows this about Arnold, she starts to change, and try the things he likes, but it seems she just can’t get it right. At the end of their session period, they have a set back and go home. It seems that they’re going to fall back into the same routine, but Kay won’t have it. She contemplates leaving Arnold, and it seems he knows she’s doing so. He does a turn about and lets Kay in. In the end Kay and Arnold have rekindled the fire, and renew their wedding vows on a beach, as Kay had expressed her dream to be.

Best of the movie: When Arnold finally comes around and realizes he may actually lose Kay. Although you don’t quite want to watch them do the dirty, you are so glad that he’s finally come around, you don’t care so much.

Worst of the movie: The at times too-much-information scenes. A lot of the movie was spent in their counseling sessions discussing their sex life. In detail. And by detail I mean positions, how it felt, what they like and don’t like about the positions, etc. I felt that you could still get the point across that they were having trouble in bed without discussing the minute details.

Where did this movie leave us?: A little uncomfortable about sex as an older couple. I think the movie tried to portray a lot of typical marriages later in life, and went to great detail about trying to renew the romance. This was cause for some very uncomfortable scenes. One in particular would be Kay attempting oral sex on Arnold in a theater during a French film.

Best one-liner: Arnold talking about one of his fantasies – “Having sex with Kay in my office under my desk…at tax time.”

What the movie ruined for us: French films.

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– a la Chryshele