by Roy Runnels
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Looper is not only one of the best movies of 2012, but it is one of the greatest science fiction films to come out in the last ten years. The movie is set thirty years in the future, giving the movie a blend of present day and future technology. It’s enough to make the movie feel grounded in reality and make everything seem believable.
Time travel is something that often gets overly confusing the deeper you get into it, but Looper makes sure to keep everything straight for the viewer. It doesn’t try to explain things that the viewer doesn’t absolutely need to know. It never tries to explain how the time machine works or who created it. It also doesn’t bother taking time to explain things to the viewer. The movie never dumbs down anything, but rather gives you enough to piece it together.
As incredible as the story is, it would be nothing if it wasn’t for the incredible cast. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Joe, who is what is known as a Looper. In the future, time travel is invented and is instantly made illegal. The mob begins to use it to send enemies of the mob into the past where the Loopers kill them and get rid of the bodies. However, each Looper eventually has to end their service by killing their future selves to end their “loop.” So when future Joe (Bruce Willis) gets sent back, things start to go wrong. Emily Blunt’s character, Sara, also gets involved, but saying anything about her character is almost impossible to do without giving away some spoilers. It’s an incredible story with an absolutely amazing cast.
Looper puts its own spin on time travel and is always consistent with its own rules. It’s a unique take on something that could have been overly confusing. Everything blends together and flows in ways that not many movies ever achieve. It’s an incredible movie that shouldn’t be missed.
Looper is currently playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes for other shows playing in Dinuba can be found on their website.