Looper, by Rian Johnson, 2012
Most Hollywood science fiction movies kind of come and go. I mean, look back at the 90's, they came out all the time, but only a handful of them are even remembered, and even fewer fondly. The ones that stick around are the smart, thoughtful ones with vividly imagined worlds and thought-provoking ideas. Not far into Rian Johnson's latest film, Looper, I realized that this is
going to be one of those movies that science fiction fans are still
watching and talking about 30 years from now.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Joe, a man employed by organized crime to kill people sent back from the future. They pay him well, with the understanding that sooner or later, he will have to "close the loop", by killing his future self. Things go awry when his future self (Bruce Willis) gets the drop on him and escapes. Now Joe must---
Jim! We have to hurry!
What? Who are you?
Don't you recognize me? I'm the you of 2042.
Oh my god, it is you, me. Why are you here?
I came back to warn you that 30 years from now, nobody is watching or talking about Looper.
Oh no! How can this be?
It's our fault. It's our review, Jim! It was so poorly written that President Honey Boo Boo had the movie outlawed. Real Steel is being played 24 hours a day on 3-D supertelevisions around the globe.
NOOOOOOOO!! I have to stop this horrible future from happening. But HOW?
There's only one thing we can do...
What...? What are you doing with that gun, future me? No.. NO!
I'm sorry, young me, it's for the good of the future...
He... he shot me... then disappeared... that must... mean... I'm not going to... make it. Only... time... for one last act. Must click... Publish... tell the people... about... LOOPER... never forget... Tell my wife I...