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NY1 Movie Review: "Looper"

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis play younger and older versions of the same person in a new sci-fi, action, time travel movie called "Looper." NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following review.

Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis star in a new movie about time travel called "Looper." Gordon-Levitt plays Joe, a professional assassin. His older self, played by Willis, is sent 30 years back in time, where Gordon-Levitt awaits with orders from his boss to close a loop and kill Willis.

Young Joe may not have qualms with this, but Old Joe has other ideas. He not only wants to stay alive, but has revenge on his mind, tracking the man indirectly responsible for his wife's death. If he kills that man, who's now a boy, then the events in the future will never happen. As a result, his wife will be alive.

Confused? Well the movie is a bit all over the place and not everything always makes sense. But even though there are several holes in the plot, there are times when the storyline does have a certain logic to it.

Along the way, there's lots of "shoot em' up" action, countess chase scenes, as well as some gratuitous sex scenes.

Gordon-Levitt wears a lot of prosthetic makeup to try and resemble Willis. He also tries to sound like him. But it's a distraction and it's hard to buy into the premise that these two people are older and younger versions of the same person.

Then there is a whole plot device that takes up most of the second half of the movie. It takes place in a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, with Emily Blunt as its main resident, and too many details on that would be considered a spoiler.

Writer-director Rian Johnson has come up with an intriguing concept, but his execution is predominantly hit-or-miss.

"Looper" is entertaining in spots and lags in others. The movie largely redeems itself in the final minute, when a certain event happens and suddenly more things make sense. But it's a long way to go to get there.

Neil Rosen's Big Apple Rating: 2.5 Apples

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