Time Travel Dilemma
Release Date: September 28, 2012
Starring: ** Time Travel Dilemma **
Genre: Science Fiction
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 118 minutes
Distributor: TriStar Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director: Rian Johnson
Writer: Rian Johnson
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The movie stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the younger version of Joe. Joe is employed by the Mob in the near-future to kill people, who are kidnapped and cast thirty years into the past in Joe’s time where Joe, and others like him, can execute them. Joe’s narration informs viewers that, in the future, the authorities can track any dead body, so that’s why the Mob has to use time travel to dispose of its victims.
Joe’s life as an assassin pays well and gives him plenty of shallow comforts in the forms of drugs and affordable women, but Joe’s clearly unhappy with his life. However, the pace at which victims are being sent to him is accelerating and so are the closings of loops. Like all the mob’s assassins, Joe has agreed to kill his future self when it’s sent back into the past. This is called “closing the loop.” At that point, the assassin can retire and live off the fruit of his ill-gotten gains.
Joe sees the true horror of his job when he’s forced to let his best friend get killed because he didn’t kill himself. So, when Joe’s older self (played by Bruce Willis) appears before him, he can’t bring himself to kill the older Joe. The mob sends killers after both the young Joe and the older Joe.
Meanwhile, the older Joe is trying to find the younger version of “the Rainmaker,” the new crime boss who’s decided to start ordering the killing of all the older versions of the assassins, including Joe. The older Joe has found three possible identities for the younger version of this crime boss. The younger Joe is suddenly faced with a dilemma when he realizes that he’s just befriended the third possible boy and his caring mother.
Writer-director Rian Johnson’s ingenious script and direction keep this complicated plot from being too confusing. Also, the performances in LOOPER are uniformly strong and the effects are spectacular. Even better, LOOPER is a true rarity: an action movie with genuine intellectual and moral stakes. Basically, it wrestles with an old compelling game of philosophy and ethics. If you could go back in time and know who Adolf Hitler was as a boy, and knew what evils he would eventually perpetrate, would you kill young Adolf, or let him live and hope for the best?
That is an awful dilemma, but Johnson makes the question compelling and rife with nail-biting moments. Ultimately, the solution to the movie’s plot problem involves an act of sacrifice. This gives LOOPER a light Christian worldview. That said, LOOPER is not for children or young teens. It has some very strong violence that shows the bloody results of violence. It also has plenty of strong foul language. So, extreme caution is advised for LOOPER.
LOOPER has a complicated plot, but writer-director Rian Johnson’s ingenious script and direction keep this plot from being too confusing. Also, the performances in LOOPER are uniformly strong and the effects are spectacular. Best of all, the movie solves the plot problem with an act of sacrifice. This gives LOOOPER a light Christian, redemptive worldview. However, LOOPER is set in a dark world. It also contains plenty of very strong violence, foul language, brief nudity, and drug use, so extreme caution is advised.