Monday, December 31, 2012


Rian Johnson’s ‘Looper’ is a time-travel thriller which is less about time travel and more about something else. Yet, it’s the time-travel paradox that provides the film’s unexpected yet satisfying closure. Before this happens, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Looper, a hitman, who bumps people from the future, meets his future self, 30 years from now, in the shape of a haggard, angry and sad Bruce Willis, who had just seen his wife killed, yesterday, which would happen, if he doesn’t do anything, at least for his younger self sitting in front of him, 30 years from now.

But the elder Joe doesn’t want to discuss the mechanics of time travel, he has a better mission at hand, to alter his past, which happened yesterday 30 years ago, while the younger Joe must kill his elder self — this is called closing the loop — to have his life, at least for the next 30 years, till he turns into the older Joe.

In 'Looper'.

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