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Top-notch: Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Top-notch: Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Film Review | Looper

A gripping futuristic thriller with a knotted plot


Rian Johnson’s time-travel thriller ‘Looper’ has a knotted plot. In a nutshell, in the year 2044, some overpaid, cocky hitmen called loopers are hired to kill criminals who have been sent back in time. At a certain point, they have to kill their future selves because they know too much about their employers. When Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) can’t kill his middle-aged self played by Bruce Willis, he has to chase himself down. Emily Blunt plays a woman who may have a way out that suits both avatars of Joe.

The film has a dizzying pace, and despite the puzzling plot jumping back and forth in time, it is a thrilling ride. The director does not really give you a chance to dwell on logic. The film overall has a wistful mood, and you’re sucked into it, wondering and guessing what happens next. The performances are top-notch.

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