‘Face your future, Fight your past’
Lopper was credited as this decades ‘The Matrix’. While it is no doubt a very good film with a very bizarre plot line, I do not really get this comparison. No doubt Looper is good, but why The Matrix? One thing is for sure, the films are nothing alike.
The basic premise is that Jo, a hit man, is tasked with killing undesirables from the future who are sent back in time by the mob with the use of an illegal time machine. By killing them and burying them in the past, no evidence is left in the future and no one is missing to be hunted for in the past – win-win.
“Time travel has not yet been invented. But thirty years from now, it will have been. It will be instantly outlawed, used only in secret by only the largest criminal organizations. It’s nearly impossible to dispose of a body in the future… I’m told. Tagging techniques, whatnot. So when these criminal organizations in the future need someone gone, they use specialized assassins in our present called “Loopers.” And so, my employers in the future nab the target, they zap them back to me – their Looper. He appears, hands tied and head sacked, and I do the necessaries. Collect my silver. So the target has vanished from the future, and I’ve just disposed of a body that technically does not exist. Clean.”
Jo is quite happy with his life – he has plenty of money and a party lifestyle. The only issue is that Jo knows if he lives until the point in the future where the mob are operating he will be hunted down and sent back in time to be killed – something that is called ‘Closing the Loop’. This issue does not bother him, but when his future self is sent back and escapes, Jo is forced to go hunting for himself at the same time as being hunted by his bosses for failing to ‘Close the Loop’. His Future self – Bruce Willis J – is hell bent on finding and killing the child that will grow up to become the mob boss who runs the future, and as such young Jo – Joseph Gordon-Levitt – is forced to interact with and protect said child while waiting for old Jo to come for him.
Looper is a good film. The plot is smooth and manages to avoid all the clichéd time travel issues that most films hit. The film evades the issue pretty simply – the characters admit that it is confusing and doesn’t make much sense so they don’t want to discuss it! None of this trying-to-explain-and-getting-confusing crap or concept holes and a headache.
“I don’t want to talk about time travel because if we start talking about it then we’re going to be here all day talking about it, making diagrams with straws.”
The plot is incredibly clever and detailed, with plot twists and turns every which-where and a really unexpected ending. The dialogue is clever and witty, with enough humour to lighten the pretty dark, gritty and disturbing plot. Nothing is clean cut, every character, good or bad, has their reasons for doing what they are doing and in many cases you are left not knowing quite who the good guy and the bad guy is. The film is worth a couple of watches. Every time you see it you will notice more and more intricacies and I think that is one of the major plusses to this film – the depth. Give it a watch, then give it another watch and then think deeply! Liz x
Ps – Check out Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s fake nose to make him look like ol’ Brucie!