Miss Shayne is back with a movie review!
Released in 2012, Looper stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis in a twisted sci-fi-esque movie. I am a big fan of movies such as these, and, as far as twisted films go, this movie is one of the better ones I have seen. Though it can be hard to follow, the ending is worth all of the initial confusion.
Time travel has not been invented yet, but thirty years in the future, it has. To keep things relatively clean, when the future mob needs someone whacked, they send them back in time to be killed by hired guns called "loopers." This is all well and good until the future mob boss starts to "close the loops" by sending back the loopers' future selves to be whacked. Unfortunately, the young loopers don't realize they killed their future selves until they see their payment is gold bars instead of silver.
Joe is one of these loopers who is trying to save up enough money to leave this lifestyle behind. Unfortunately for him, his future self gets sent back to be whacked before he is able to go MIA. However, once appearing before present Joe to be killed, future Joe didn't have a covering over his head, making present Joe hesitate to kill him. After a brief scuffle, future Joe managed to get away and begin his mission: find and kill the mob boss from the future who decided to close the loops.
Present Joe must now set things right. He has to hunt down his future self and kill him while his future self is hunting down the child who will become the diabolical mob boss. After getting a piece of future Joe's map, present Joe eventually makes his way to the future mob boss: a smart little boy being raised by his mother on a farm. Without spoiling anything else, the next few days contain hiding from the mob, a little boy capable of making people explode, and a decision that alters the lives of everyone involved.
My only problem with this movie stems from my childhood. I was raised on Disney, so I love happy endings. I didn't like the ending of this movie for the longest time, but I understand why it had to play out the way it did. My jaw had to hit the floor one last time before the movie was over. This movie is incredible from start to finish. It doesn't just get the adrenaline pumping, it numbs the mind, too! I highly recommend this one!
--Reviewed by Miss Shayne