In the future time-travel, now possible but deemed highly illegal, is used by the Mob to dispose of targets without a trace.
These targets are sent back in time where an assassin, or “Looper”, as they are more commonly known, is ready and waiting to kill the unfortunate person.
As part of their contracts, the Loopers fully understand that at some point they will have to kill their future selves and by doing so, close their loop.
In this film, written and directed by Rian Johnson, Bruce Willis plays the future version of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Joe, who is a Looper.
When he comes face to face with his fresh-faced self, he knows that he is not ready to die just yet.
Using a mix of good quality prosthetics and CGI, Gordon-Levitt does, to some degree, look like a younger version of the bald action star.
Although Gordon-Levitt seems to be a rising star in Hollywood and no doubt will soon be quite a big-hitter, he has to give way to Willis’ better abilities.
Despite this the coffee shop conversation the two have is very good and makes them thoroughly believable as the same person at two stages of Joe’s life.
The film achieves one of the most important tasks of a time-travel movie: making the audience ask a couple of “what-if?” questions, while still having sufficient qualities to prevent them from lingering on those conundrums.
It moves along at a good pace and keeps you guessing about what older Joe has in mind, why he’s doing it and what the paradoxical repercussions would be of young Joe stopping him.
It introduces another story, almost a sub-plot, into the film with the arrival of Sara, played by Emily Blunt, and her son Cid, played by the excellent Pierce Gagnon.
While this part does play an important role in the overall picture, I felt it injected a little too much and detracted slightly from the story of Joe’s loop.
When this film was first released at the cinema, many reviewers suggested it would have the same impact that The Matrix did when it was released.
In my view this is untrue, it’s a good story, with good acting, effects and cinematography, but it does not demand a re-watch, which is what The Matrix did for so many.
It is fine if you want something reasonably exciting to watch, with some interesting questions to ask yourself, but it is not the classic some may have suggested.