Dalton’s Cinema Spot: Looper

Dalton Valette, Opinions Editor

R, 118 minutes

Starring- Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt

4.5/ 5 Stars

Looper is set in Kansas in the year 2044. In the future, assassins called Loopers, kill people sent to them from the past, where time travel is only used by the largest criminal organizations to dispose of people they no longer need. The criminals of the future zap the people they don’t want into to the past where they are promptly killed by a Looper, erasing them from the future. Joe (Gordon-Levitt) is a Looper who is just doing his job, until the person he has to kill is an older version of himself (Willis.)

This has been a really good year for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, starring in the superb Batman finale, the high octane bike messenger thriller Premium Rush, and now this brilliantly executed science fiction film. Looper does a rare thing and makes time travel conceivable and not a ballsy idea poorly thrown together. Plus, this film also doesn’t have gaping plot holes like so many other films that try to tackle time travel.  With excellent acting, intense action scenes, and twists that blindside you, this is a time-travel film that could go up into the ranks of with 1984’s The Terminator and 1985’s Back to the Future.

But if there is only one complaint, it is that a good twenty minutes could have been cut out just to speed up the story. Other than that, Looper is a surprisingly well thought out film that will most likely leave you buzzing at the end of it. Looper sure can loop together a sensational film.