Genre: Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
If you know me any better you would know that I love Science Fiction. And Time Travel stories is what I live for. Maybe that’s why I was excited beyond my wits when I went to watch Looper.
Rian Johnson‘s Looper is a Sci Fi thriller based on the aspects of Time Travel. I won’t reveal the plot apart from quoting IMDb:
“In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe, who one day learns the mob wants to ‘close the loop’ by transporting back Joe’s future self.”
You get to know the plot in the first 10 min itself as a self narration by Joe played by “Joseph Gordon-Levitt” as a lead role. And then begins a story set 32 years into the future. It doesn’t take long before we encounter “Bruce Willis” played as the future Joe, which sets the story in true motion.
What strikes the most is the low budget of the movie. With less than half of the budget of Unbreakable (another Bruce Willis movie from 2000 and the closest movie with which I can compare the two in terms of production value) I did feel it lacked the glam of Hollywood. But that doesn’t mean movie is bad. In fact story of Looper is quite original and which stands it out from the crowd of sequels/prequels that have engulfed Hollywood today.
That being said, Looper have it’s share of loop holes which for any time travel movie is hard to escape and does take theories such as grand father paradox for granted. So you will have to suspend your beliefs and knowledge about time travel a bit. Also, its not the kind of movie that lets say, you go out with “a group of friends to enjoy”! It’s a story which has character development in its heart. And Time travel is just a part of the story not the other way around.
But, personally I expected a bit more from the movie. I expected a lot of questions to be answered. I wished to see a bit of more future, circa year 2074. And I wanted more on the background of the organization which was leading the people called loopers. But that’s just me. Maybe like many other vague films out there, those were left unanswered on purpose.
I would say a good one time watch if you are not high on expectations.
Rating: 7/10. (O.5 extra for Bruce Willis) 😛