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Glamour-Free, Gritty Sci-Fi Noir,
This review is from: Looper (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) (DVD)
This is NOT one of those sleek sci-fi movies like "The Adjustment Bureau" or "Surrogates."
'Looper' is sci-fi noir, and is more akin to 'Blade Runner' in depicting a future where things are like our world, but not quite as nice. Drug use is rampant among those who can afford it. Poverty is in abundant supply. Power belongs to the criminals. One group of criminals are called "Loopers" and their job is to kill people who are sent back from the future. Occasionally the looper has to kill himself; at which point they are given a golden handshake and are sent off to retire with a huge supply of money.
This story kicks into high gear when one person sent back from the future (Willis) knocks out his younger self (Leavit) and seeks to rewrite history by killing the criminal mastermind from the future before he gets into power. At this point the story starts asking time travel philosophy questions, morality questions, and there are absolutely no holds barred as violence and mayhem ensue amidst the theoretical analysis being done.
All the actors are terrific, and the movie's pacing is taut from the moment Willis appears on-screen.