Looper (Rian Johnson, 2012)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Joe), Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt

In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.

I’ll try to write about this without saying anything about its plot - which is both its strength and its weakness (whoops) - or about its theme, which is neither motherhood nor freedom for a change, and might actually be altruism (whoops).

What I want to do is to point out something that most Americans might miss: the absolute adoration of handguns manifested in this movie.

Best actor in the film: Pierce Gagnon, aged 7.

Oh, and Bruce Willis can stop being an action hero now: he’s 57. There may be a reference to Bruce’s unwillingness to die - hard or otherwise - in the movie, when Joe says to his character, ‘So why don’t you do what old men do and die?’

Garry Gillard | reviews | New: 1 March, 2017 | Now: 10 January, 2020