As most of you know, I have been pretty excited to see this movie. I finally got a chance to see it last night and I thought it was excellent. I love time-traveling movies and this one does not disappoint in making your brain hurt (as a good time-travel movie should). The idea of traveling through time should pretty much blow your brain since the idea is insane.
The movie was directed by Rian Johnson, who also directed Brick, which I thought was an excellent movie. He is quite capable of making a low-budget sci-fi/action film and it did not seem like it was low-budget.
As the movie began, I was shocked at how much Joseph Gordon-Levitt looked and sounded like a young Bruce Willis. JGL did a fantastic job studying old Willis films and copying those mannerisms. I like to see that kind of effort put into a film. There will be spoilers from here on out.
The plot of the movie is that in the future criminals use time-travel to send people back to 2044 and loopers kill them. At some point, a looper will have to kill his future self and close the loop. When JGL’s future self comes back, he is not covered and he attacks JGL and gets away. This is bad for everyone. We learn early on that if your future self gets away the mob will torture you until he is just about dead (they cut off present looper’s appendages, it was pretty cool).
Turns out that Willis had a wife in the future and when the mob comes for him, they accidentally kill her. He hops in the time-machine to come back and take out the Rainmaker, the mob boss who is closing all the loops. Willis knows the hospital and birthday of the Rainmaker, there are three kids born on that day.
As he tries to find the kids and kill them, JGL protects the last child, who turns out to have some unique powers. He is the most powerful telekinetic ever. JGL realizes that the kid ends up being the Rainmaker. As Willis comes for him, the kid uses his power to almost kill him, but the mom ends up calming the kid. JGL realizes that without his mom, the kid will grow up hating the loopers and he will become the Rainmaker, so JGL decides to sacrifice himself and cause Willis to disappear.
I loved the sacrifice at the end, the moment you realize what he is thinking, it becomes painful when he actually goes through with it. The question you are left with is whether or not the kid will still become the Rainmaker since his mother will be around to help him.
Another great part of the movie is the diner scene where JGL and Willis meet. There is even a great joke where Willis says that they will not talk about time-travel because they would need straws to diagram it and it is too complex. It was basically Rian Johnson telling the audience to relax and not try and break down everything too much.
Anyways, if you want to see a well done action/sci-fi movie, I highly suggest you check this one out.