Looper is the sort of film that is enjoyable; not because it has plenty of action and violence, but because the story is solid and well thought out. As the story goes, Joe is a “Looper”-a type of contract killer in the future. Through narration, Joe explains that time travel is invented and outlawed thirty years from the time set in the story. He says that the crime bosses are the only ones who use time travel illegally in order to dispose of troublesome individuals who exist at the time. So, Joe and other Loopers are contracted to kill those people sent back in time and dispose of them.
Joe is one of the best Loopers in the business, but his job and future are threatened when his thirty years older self is sent back and escapes. This creates a number of paradoxes which are all addressed by the films end. We do learn that the reason old Joe escapes has to do with a man from his timeline called “Rainmaker” who has been sending the aged Loopers back in time to be killed by their younger selves.
The action gets intense and the visual effects are top-notch however, the most astonishing achievement visually is how the film makers made Joseph Gordon-Levitt; who plays Joe, resemble Bruce Willis (Older Joe) so closely. There were moments where they looked identical. Levitt should also be praised for his ability to mimic Willis’ facial expressions and even his manner of speech. Emily Blunt and Jeff Daniels play integral roles in the film as well.
Looper is definitely worth a watch though it might be a good idea to leave the kids at home. This film has quite a few bloody scenes, plenty of swear words, some female nudity and themes that children will not understand.
RED is a fun movie and it completely rocks! What makes it so in my opinion, is not the well told story, explosions, car chase or slick action sequences by themselves; it is getting to watch four retirees from the CIA kick major tail. With finesse…and a little craziness to.
At the films beginning we are introduced to Frank Moses who; at first glance, appears to be an unassuming American male who has just recently retired and is adjusting to his new life. We watch as he decorates his house, eats his meals and talks on the phone with a girl at the pension office named Sarah. It isn’t until a small group of heavily armed men try to kill Frank that we even get an idea of exactly what he has retired from. The CIA.
Frank then joins with Sarah to protect her, but does it in a fashion that is completely hilarious when taken into the context of his professional background. After joining her, Frank tracks down fellow retirees in an effort to figure out who is trying to kill him and Sarah. What they end up discovering, is that someone is trying to cover up an incident that occurred nearly thirty years ago and the person behind it all is willing to kill anybody who gets in the way.
Frank is played by Bruce Willis and Mary Louis Parker is Sarah. They are joined by John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Brian Cox and Morgan Freeman who play other CIA retirees that have worked with Frank Moses in the past. Karl Urban (Star Trek 2009) is the CIA agent hired to track Frank down and take him out. Screen legend Earnest Borgnine (The Wild Bunch 1969) also makes an appearance in the movie.
What I enjoy most about this movie is that it doesn’t try to be something it isn’t and manages to blend action with a unique whimsical humor about getting old and a sprinkle of romance. The film also shows that years of experience is no match for youthful skill. Go watch it. Even if it is just to see Helen Mirren shoot a .50 Caliber machine gun.