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Loopers – movie review (no spoilers)

And this is another busy actor: Joseph Gordon-Levitt who plays a an assassin in Loopers. He was also in Dark Knight Rises and Premium Rush this year.

If you’ve seen the commercials, you think this is a movie about time travel, but it’s really not. It’s about how the decisions you make affect others and how the cycle of violence can be both perpetuated or broken off one person’s actions. Sure, there’s enough blood and action to satisfy the simple “scifi/action” genre (and it’s good action, too!) but the underlying theme of free will vs. destiny is much more important.

Everything about this movie is right on the money. The acting from Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is great. JGL’s impression of Bruce is really well done, right down to the vocal changes. All of the secondary characters are both believable and distinct, which is always a nice surprise. Jeff Daniels pulls off the “bad guy” (I use quotes because no one in this movie is really a good guy)  that gets delivered in a casually violent way that is pretty startling and strangely sympathetic. I actually liked his character quite a bit.

The story and directing go hand-in-glove without any hiccups, which makes sense because Rian Johnson did both. Interestingly, Rian was also the director/writer for “Brick,” (to watch instant on Netflix right now) and I saw an article that said he wrote Loopers with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in mind. Honestly, I want to find the script and read it, that’s how good the story is.

All in all, if you’re looking for a movie that makes you think, this is the one to see. It’s got unusual depth for an on-the-face scifi flick and, really, I think it goes beyond that label.

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About Nancy M. Griffis

Author and screenwriter who loves scifi/action/adventure/urban fantasy genres. I have two published novels, Mind Games and Eternal Investigations, as well as a short story published for charity called "Home Fires Burning." All are available through amazon.com and barnesandnobles.com.

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