Went with my husband to see Looper at the Odeon last night. Had been really looking forward to it as it was advertised as this years Matrix and we were not disappointed. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Premium Rush, Inception) stars as Joe, a looper whose job it is to kill people sent back through time blindfolded and and tied up by the mob from 2072. The mob is run by a man known as the Rainmaker, who decides to start calling in the loops, i.e. the younger selves having to kill their older selves. Bruce Willis (Die Hard, The Sixth Sense) plays Old Joe who is sent back to 'close the loop' only for him to escape and cause the mob to call out hits on both of them.
This is a fantastic film both in plot and acting. Whoever thought of the scene where the younger looper is used to bring the older looper back in is genius, terrible but genius. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is excellent and really captures Bruce Willis, though his make-up does add an other-worldly quality to the film that underlines the violence and fear that pervades throughout. Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau, The Five-Year Engagement) plays the mother of the young 'rainmaker' Cyd (Pierce Gagnon - The Crazies, One Tree Hill) who Joe will have to protect from his older self. I have to say, I have not seen a scarier child actor since Damien from Omen and I expect great things from this young man. I knew there was something not right about the child and even though there had been nods to TK, I wasn't expecting what happens when the loopers finally catch up with him.
This is a film that will leave you guessing until the end and really makes you work to keep up with the fantastic plotting. This is a fast-paced thriller that made me wonder why it is only rated as a 15.
TAGLINE: Hunted by your future. Haunted by your past. 10/10