Bruce Willis will confuse you to death as hitman hired to kill criminals from the future in Looper
09:16 GMT, 28 September 2012
Trying to explain the premise of this film makes my head hurt. We’re in the year 2044. Loopers are hitmen hired to kill criminals from the future who’ve been sent back in time to be assassinated. Paying attention at the back
The Loopers are cocky, overpaid and highly arrogant and, while the rest of society has descended into lawless, post-apocalyptic hell, Loopers enjoy the spoils of their work with swanky apartments, fast cars and faster women.
The big downside to being a Looper is that one day you may well be called upon to execute your future self — known as ‘closing the loop’.
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Wanted hitman: Bruce Willis in Looper
When this happens to Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and he fails to terminate his middle-aged self (Bruce Willis) he becomes a wanted man.
So begins a frantic game of cat and mouse as Joe tries to not only outwit the criminal gangs on his tail but also an older, wiser version of himself.
Gordon-Levitt, having endured hours of prosthetic make-up to bear a closer resemblance to Willis, also manages to skilfully mirror his smirk and facial mannerisms. The pair have great on-screen chemistry, and it’s good to see Willis in a movie that isn’t just about blowing people’s heads off (although there’s a lot of that).
The first half of writer/director Rian Johnson’s film is gripping, but by the second half it’s all become unbelievably confused and disjointed.
Try as it may to be original, Looper descends into cliche: the hero wincing when the heroine dresses his wounds, the engine that won’t start at the crucial moment, and the assassin with perfect aim suddenly missing every shot.
Now watch the official trailer of Looper