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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Looper (2012)

In the year 2044, a "looper" (Joseph Gordon Levitt) works for the mob by assassinating people sent from 30 years into the future by the mob expressly for the purpose of execution. While time travel is illegal, it's secretly done by the mob to dispose of bodies. But when the Gordon-Levitt gets sent his future self (Bruce Willis) to execute, he escapes and the chase is on. The movie is great fun, fairly intelligent and has wonderful special effects. It owes a massive debt to James Cameron's THE TERMINATOR though, even the film's heroine (Emily Blunt) is named Sara, the same name of the heroine in THE TERMINATOR. Would that it were as tight and economical as the Cameron film though. The convoluted narrative is often confusing and the director Rian Johnson always seems to have something going on so the audience doesn't have enough time to dwell on awkward questions. Still, I had much more fun at it than I had at THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. With Jeff Daniels, Piper Perabo. Paul Dano and Pierce Gagnon as possibly the most creepy child character since Damien in THE OMEN.

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