Film Review: Looper (2012)

Looper is a science fiction film about time travelling assassins. Set in the year 2074 when time travel is first possible but is illegal, due to tracking technology it has become near impossible to dispose of bodies. So criminal organisations send back those into the past to be killed by “loopers”.

Joe’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) life of crime seems to suit him just fine until one of the targets sent back is his older-self. His older self (Bruce Willis) knocks the younger self out and escapes, which immediately jeopardises his career.

The film revolves around Joe’s older self trying to change something in the present, by altering the past. His biggest problem though is himself, his younger self.

It’s a bit of a paradox, the problem you want to change for yourself in the present is resisted by yourself in the past. The present self can’t let future self run around because it jeopardises his career, and it’s illegal, but the future self needs to kill in order to change things.

The target that older Joe needs to kill in order for his present situation is a man named ‘The Rainmaker’, so younger Joe locates the Rainmaker via a navigation code. The rainmaker in younger Joe’s time though is a kid which he gets to know along with his mum (Emily Blunt), and decides to protect.

I couldn’t quite get over Gordon-Levitts face in this film, it looked good and I realise they’ve modelled Willis’s features and masked them onto Levitts, but it was so bizarre to look at. Scary in fact. The entire time I kept trying to figure out what it is that they’d done exactly. His hair was darker, he was wearing contacts, maybe it was eyebrows? his stubble? clever make-up team whatever it was.

Looper takes a pretty long time to get interesting, but by the end I was loving it. It really reminded me of the TV series Heroes with the superpowers and time-travelling. Because of the nature of story and the endless possibilities of time-travel, it could easily continue on in a sequel, and I kind of hope it does too.

I was really impressed by Emily Blunts character, well acted with a consistent accent.


Looper is an intelligent, enjoyable film with unending prospects. It’s not as action-packed as would have liked, and it takes a quite a while to get to the meaty stuff, but it will leave you wanting more by the end.



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