Looper – **1/2

Posted: December 20, 2012 in 2012, Action, Science Fiction, USA, XX1/2

Heralded as the best science fiction thriller of the year, Looper tells the story of a guy whose job it is to kill people sent from the future. It’s a pretty lucrative job, but it comes with a prize: he knows he won’t live that long as one day the mafia who employs him will have him killed as well. And such is the case on one fatal day when Joe needs to kill his future self. Shocked, he doubts for a moment and his future self runs off.

That’s all I knew about the story and that’s all you need to know. Oh, maybe it’s worth mentioning that Joe’s future self has a mission in the present: get rid of an evildoer from the future while he’s still a kid.

It isn’t half as confusing as it sounds. It’s just a very clever set up for an semi-intelligent action movie. It’s not as ingenious as Inception or Strange Days, but it’s much better than The Terminator! Joseph Gordon-Levitt amazes again as the young Joe, who’s acting under so much make up that you can see the resemblance with the guy playing his older self: the equally amazing Bruce Willis.

Time flies watching this movie, which is a good thing. And even though it’s all very weird, it does make sense most of the time. But the directing isn’t so impressive. The action scenes aren’t extraordinary and the editing is terrible. Again, Inception, it isn’t. But that movie had a budget five time bigger than this one, so we shouldn’t compare.


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