Looper (♦♦♦½)

In the not so distant future, time travel has been invented. A man from the future travels to the past to order hits and settle scores; his paid assassins are called “loopers”, they kill their older selves. Enter Joe, a young man who is a looper and is secretly stashing bars of silver to make a life in France once he decides he’s had enough of that life.

Thirty years from Joe’s time, with time travel already invented, a man named Joe has recovered from a troubled past and lives peacefully in China with his beautiful, younger wife. Problem comes knocking when a criminal called The Rainmaker bursts into his house, killing Joe’s wife. Older Joe travels to the past with the purpose of killing The Rainmaker as a kid, only Joe doesn’t know that he has an appointment with his younger self who has been ordered to close his own loop, unbeknownst to him.

Looper has one of the most intriguing plots since Inception, though it is less pretentious. It is mind-bending and imaginative though at its core it’s nothing but a shoot-them-up. There are good performances by Bruce Willis as older Joe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as looper Joe, Emily Blunt—is there anyone she doesn’t have good chemistry with?—as Sara and Pierce Gagnon as Cid, a kid with destructive telekinetics abilities, the younger version of The Rainmaker.

Overall, Looper is a mind-bending movie with an odd twist. Inception and Chronicle come to mind when watching this film.