I remember Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s early days, he starred in ‘Ten Things I Hate About You’ with the late Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles. Then he came back as Summer’s lover in ‘500 Days of Summer’. Next, he’s everywhere. He was in The Inception and The Dark Knight Rises as Robin, he then was a bike messenger in ‘Premium Rush’ and the latest was an assassin in ‘Looper‘ along with Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt.
Loopers are assassins who kill people from the future. When people in the future want to get rid of someone, they send them to the past, where Loopers will take care of them, including getting rid of the bodies. Sometimes, the syndicate who hires them want to get rid of the Loopers, they send the future Loopers back to the past to be killed by the present looper itself, this called ‘closing the loop’. If a Looper fails to kill their future self, the syndicate will hunt them down until they get both of them (the future and the past). Usually, most Loopers accept their fate, when they kill their future self, it means they get 30 years before their time comes, they are paid extremely well and they can do whatever they want to do after their loop is closed.
But the problem is, the future Looper of Joe (Bruce Willis), refuse to die. He fights back and wants to kill the person in the future, The Rainmaker, who kill all the Loopers in the future. This causes present Joe a big trouble. Future Joe idea is to win his live is to kill the young Rainmaker, and present Joe does everything to take future Joe down.
What interesting about this movie is, aside from its plot, it’s the casts. Besides its main casts, I love how Paul Dano actually steals some early scenes and Emily Blunt as a though single mother, and of course the little freaky kid, Cid (played by the genius Pierce Gagnon). During most of Cid’s scenes, I’m amazed how he stirs the audiences’ emotion, sometimes he’s funny, innocent, and then, a maniac.
There are so many interesting characters as the movies goes on but they never appear in one big scene together, that’s the good thing about this movie. The story is complex but the story line makes it easy to digest.
After had watched it, I had a short discussion with Rob. On this movie, future Joey had fallen in love with a woman and he believed that she was the one that saved his life. He was a mess, a junkie and a killer who was a brand new man because of his wife’s love. His wife was killed by The Rainmaker’s men and he decided he’d go the past to kill the little Rainmaker so he wouldn’t make any trouble in the future. On Rainmaker’s birthday there were two other kids who were born on the same day, same hospital, so future Joe decided to kill all those 3 kids one by one.
I was a bit shocked when Joe actually killed the first kid. Rob told me that there was a rule in Hollywood that if a character does something against the morality (like killing children) he has to die in the movie. They were actually written rule about it, up until 1960s. They didn’t have it anymore but Hollywood still doing it, it’s kind of moral obligation to the viewers. But Looper is not the typical superhero movies, from the beginning Joe is a bad guy. He even didn’t hesitate to kill his future self so he can buy 30 years in peace. The future Joe -who killed a child- also gained sympathy because he did it in the name of love. At the end of the movie, present Joe killed himself, so the bad/good guy was dead.
Interesting how this movie made the audience actually sympathized with the bad guys, but then it’s Hollywood typical we’ve known. Godfather, Scarface, the TV Series Dexter. If there’s one world where we can justified killing, it’s movie.