It’s fair to say Looper wasn’t what I expected and I mean that in a good way. Sony very craftily left out an entire plot line in the Looper advertising, so the movie went in a completely different direction than I’d imagined. These days most movie surprises or plot twists are predictable and/or recycled from past successful movies, but Looper kept you guessing until the end.
I applaud Looper’s mastermind, Rian Johnson, and his ability to successfully articulate an original idea for a movie. So many of today’s films are remakes or sequels, I can’t help but wonder if Hollywood is running out of ideas. Jeff Daniel’s character, Abe, even makes a jab at the fact that all movies in the future are remakes and at this rate that’s probably true. Don’t get me wrong, it was confusing at times, well most times, but if you are able to stay focused you should be able to follow just fine. I highly recommend using the restroom before this movie starts, you can’t afford to miss a minute. There were also some issues with time travel, as there always are, but Johnson effectively kept the plot moving so you wouldn’t take the time to question any of the logic.