Review: LOOPER

By Renee’ Collins

Rating: 4.5 (Out of 5 Reels)

In 2072, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent thirty years into the past where a hired gun awaits.  Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is the hired gun who waits but there is just one catch, the mobsters send his future self (Bruce Willis) back in time to be killed.  Stunned at seeing himself young Joe hesitates long enough for his future self to escape before being shot and the mayhem ensues.

I must admit that the trailer was intriguing and drew me to see this film as well as the fact that Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were in it as well because I consider them both to be great actors.  I have seen other time travel films but nothing like this which I don’t often experience because there is usually nothing new in Hollywood.  The great thing here is watching Joe, the younger and older, deal with each other and their volatile environment because they are both tied to the mob who don’t want either of them to be alive.

Another great dimension to this film is Sara (Emily Blunt) who is trying to protect her son Cid (Pierce Gagnon) their farm in the brutal world they live.  Gagnon, being so young, steals the show in a way because he behaves like an adult in many ways which give depth to his performance and it was unexpected. 

This film is made well made but is gruesome and I would not recommend it for the younger crowd which is ironic since there is a five-year old in this movie.  I am reminded of the young actress Chloe Grace Moretz who portrayed Hit-Girl in the wonderful film KICK ASS which was even more gruesome.  Seeing very young actors do terrible things is not something I would usually enjoy but in certain circumstances it can be entertaining.  All in all, this film is extremely well written, acted and for a delightful change, I didn’t know how it was going to end.  I would most definitely recommend seeing this film.

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