297. Looper

Published February 17, 2013

297. Looper

Film info

  • Title Looper
  • Director Rian Johnson
  • Year 2012
  • Run time 1hr 59m
  • Genres Science Fiction, Action, Thriller
  • Tagline Hunted by your future, haunted by your past

In the futurist action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented - but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a looper - a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) - is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good... until the day the mob decides to 'close the loop', sending back Joe's future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination.

Fast Facts

Title: Looper Director: Rian Johnson Year: 2012 Run time: 1hr 59m

Background Info

Time travel!! We’ve been waiting for this one for a while, mostly from the very first moment we set eyes on the trailer and saw Bruce Willis appear from nowhere. Sold! It’s taken a while, but we finally got round to watching it, and revelling in the time travel goodness.

Live Blog

1:12 - Cor, French verb tables. That takes me back. 5:58 - Are we really going to have mutated in just thirty years? 9:30 - This seems like a really boring job. 13:37 - LENS FLARE RAGE. 14:45 - I cannot hear three knocks anymore without thinking “Penny.” 20:28 - “I’m from the future, you should go to China.” 28:37 - Why didn’t they put a hood on him? Is it just so we could see it was Bruce? 32:54 - I quite like speed movie-ing! 38:23 - it’s definitely noodling my mind but I like it. Mmm, time travel. 44:47 - If Bruce shouts it doesn’t matter, then the time travel explanation DOESN’T MATTER. 51:19 - He’s fighting the bad guys and himself. 57:07 - I feel really bad for that minion. Is that meant to happen? 1:07:16 - Dude, I wouldn’t have thought even Bruce could get away with shooting kids. 1:16:40 - There is surely only one acceptable response to “you’re not my mother!” 1:28:13 - Awesome idea to have protective man come running at the push of a button and/or frog. 1:34:40 - That was some epic kid rage. 1:40:23 - Argh, I thought they’d put the minion out of his misery. I can’t stand it! 1:48:11 - The child somehow manages to switch between crazy cute and crazy terrifying.


Overall, I really enjoyed it. Lens flare aside, it was beautiful to look at, arty but not overly so. The acting was great, dialogue strong, and the concept a great one. I’ve seen heaps of complaints about plot holes and paradoxes, but mostly I can put those aside and enjoy the story.

In fact, my only two complaints in terms of plot holes are thus - 1) The premise of the film is about murder being very difficult in the future, but the clean-up chaps waste no time in killing Bruce’s wife and 2) When Joseph G-L turns up at the farm, he’s having withdrawal but a glass of water and he’s fine. That’s a good kind of drug!

It was a bit dark in places, a bit violent on occasion, but mostly a good film, an intriguing way of spending two hours.

**Rating: **4/5

Rating: 4 / 5

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