Joseph Gordon-Levitt continues to generate buzz as he becomes one of the most familiar faces on the big screen.
After receiving strong performance reviews for his supporting role in the summer blockbuster "The Dark Knight Rises," Gordon-Levitt stars as Joe Simmons, a looper, in "Looper," a science fiction take on mob hits 30 years in the future.
Set in 2044 Kansas, time travel has yet to be discovered. But 30 years in the future, the mob controls time travel and uses it as a way to take care of hits. Mob hits are sent back in time to the loopers, who take care of the dirty work. The hit is transported back, appears at a certain time in a rural field and the looper blows them away, then incinerates the body. No fuss, no muss. Loopers are paid with silver bars strapped to the body.
When Joe from the future (Bruce Willis) appears for Joe to kill, the elder Joe escapes and begins a hunt of his own. He's seeking "The Rainmaker" - a mob boss from the future who runs the world and is hurting the civilization of 2074 - and plans to kill him as a young child in 2044.
There are three young children who might possibly grow up to be the Rainmaker, so elder Joe begins eliminating them one at a time.
The younger Joe attempts to track his target down and stop the problem created by someone from the future impacting the course of the timeline. The mob's hit manager, Abe (Jeff Daniels), and his personal muscle including Kid Blue (Noah Segan) and a group of goons known as Gat Men, are seeking both Joes. The elder, because of his presence, and the younger because he failed to do his job as a looper.
While running from the mob enforcers and trying to stop his senior self, younger Joe comes across Sara (Emily Blunt) and her son, Cid (Pierce Gagnon), on a rural farm. Cid is on The Rainmaker target list and Joe is determined to protect the child and kill his elder self to make everything right.
Confused yet? You won't be. This is a science fiction film that works. Strong writing, solid acting and a good pace make this two-hour movie fly by. It's a tale which will have you waiting for the end payoff, and it's something you probably won't see coming.
Looper is worth your time and price of the ticket.