"Time travel has not yet been invented. But thirty years from now, it will have been. It will be instantly outlawed, used only in secret by only the largest criminal organizations. It's nearly impossible to dispose of a body in the future... So when these criminal organizations in the future need someone gone, they use specialized assassins in our present called "Loopers." And so, my employers in the future nab the target, they zap them back to me… He appears… and I do the necessaries. Collect my silver…" This sums up the complex time travel premise that is Looper. This sci-fi, time travel action film written and directed by Rian Johnson. In mid-21st century, 2044. Joe is employed as a "looper", a hitman who executes victims sent back from 30 years in the future, when time travel has been invented and controlled by organized crime. When his older self turns up as a target, he fails to carry out the hit. Both versions of Joe go on the run and try to affect their future.
The film stars Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt. The performances in the film were all spectacular. I was mostly impressed with the performances of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis as the younger and older versions of Joe. Gordon-Levitt had to put up with the effects make-over which turns him into an acceptable younger version of Bruce Willis. He also did an incredible job of not imitating Willis from his Die Hard films. He depicted the kind of callous, incipiently sensitive young hitman who might grow up to be the battered baldie Bruce Willis. But if you had time travel and could cast a young Bruce Willis in this, you would still give the role to Gordon-Levitt, whose collaboration with Johnson is becoming a regular and noteworthy team equivalent to Nolan and Bale, Fincher and Pitt and Burton and Depp.