There is nothing like a good time travel movie. Aside from the beloved Back to the Future trilogy, I have loved flicks like Time After Time, Timecrime’s, of course The Terminator, The Butterfly Effect, Déjà vu, Minority Report, and many others. There is a natural curiosity about the ability to time travel and the effects it might have on our present and future and the nostalgia about the ability to travel into our own pasts and re-experience them. Looper was one of the most acclaimed films of the year and has quite the original take on the old time travel theme.
In the year 2074, time travel has been invented and is also outlawed. The only organizations that use it are illegal operations. When the mob needs to get rid of someone, there are no options in 2074 as everything in the world is too traceable. So they use time travel to send such people back 30 years to people they have hired called Looper’s. Looper’s show up at a predetermined time when someone is sent to them, they kill them, and dispose of the body so it does not even exist anymore in 2074. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is one such Looper. But when his future self (Bruce Willis) shows up and thwarts Joe’s attempt to kill him, Joe must chase down future Joe and kill him to make things right. But future Joe has plans of his own, he wants to find a child that will grow up to rule with an iron fist and destroy the only thing Joe ever loved.
I wasn’t sure what to expect going into Looper, although many people claimed it was one of the best films of the year, other’s say it was overrated. Turns out I am with the former and loved it. The thing I really loved was the subplot that is not even alluded to in any of the trailers. Bruce Willis’ character has come into the past to find a child that will grow up to be a ruthless crime boss in the future; one that eventually will destroy the only thing Bruce’s Joe ever loved. He wants to find the child and kill him, therefore causing the future boss to never exist. I won’t go into any other details about this subplot because it is way too fun to watch it unfold. After watching the trailers, I also thought that Gordon-Levitt’s Bruce Willis makeup would be distracting but I actually found it helped with identifying with his character. I think it actually helped me forget it was Gordon-Levitt in the role and see him as the character alone. It was quite cool actually. Bruce was excellent as well, as was Emily Blunt, but it really is this story of Emily Blunt’s character and her son that anchored the movie for me. It was beyond cool and I highly recommend checking this flick out as soon as you can.
The Blu-ray is gorgeous. Bold colors, deep inky blacks, phenomenal detail and a nicely immersive soundtrack all make for a stellar presentation of a great sci-fi movie. I can see now why people went gaga over it, it really is one of the most fun times I have had with a movie this year.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.