My Rating: 4 stars
I kinda loved this movie, and, I really wasn’t expecting to. The movie received such mixed reviews that I had figured this was going to be just another generic thriller. But, I thought this movie was actually pretty fresh and fun. Of course, I do love time travel stories, so I was already pretty interested going in. But, it’s always fun to be pleasantly surprised. I guess that’s the benefit of going in with low expectations.
This isn’t exactly your classic time travel story. Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt play the same person. They’re futuristic assassins (Loopers), who get rid of bodies by killing people who have been sent back in time. But, since their profession is illegal, evidence of their own existence needs to be erased too once their contract is up. Their time lines converge as Willis is sent back to be killed by his younger self. There are a few basic rules that we’ve all learned from time travel stories in the past, and this movie goes out and breaks every single one of them right away. For one thing, it was always considered to be a very bad thing to go back and alter the course of history. But, that’s pretty much the sole purpose of time traveling in this story. And, another thing a person was never supposed to do was travel back and encounter his younger self. But, every single traveler does that as a matter of course in this film. Traditional rules are broken left and right, but the story still worked really well for me. That kind of thing makes me very happy because it’s so easy to fall in the same kind of storytelling rut. I had almost given up on seeing anything new in this genre.
I’m not really sure why some people didn’t like this film. It has an interesting story, features pretty great acting, and it creates a pretty cool, alternate future world. Joseph Gordon-Levitt does a pretty amazing job of capturing Bruce Willis’ mannerisms and demeanor. And, I always enjoy Noah Segan in any role he plays. Both Segan and Gordon-Levitt were amazing in one of my old favorites, Brick, so I was really interested in seeing them together again in this film. This movie is for people who enjoy time travel stories. But, maybe it’s not for anyone who likes to pick stories to pieces. How about we all agree to suspend our disbelief a little sometimes? This is entertainment, people! But, definitely check this one out. I’d be interested in hearing other people’s thoughts on what they liked and didn’t like.