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lime Screen Review: Looper

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Reporter: Cassam Looch

This hotly anticipated sci-fi thriller has finally arrived, and it almost delivers the perfect, intelligent blockbuster experience that has been lacking since 'Inception'. 

The fact that it isn't quite a five-star smash is probably down to us getting picky after the likes of 'The Dark Knight Rises' and 'Avengers Assemble', but make no mistake 'Looper' is still joyfully entertaining and superbly crafted. 


The idea, in its simplest form, is the quintessential sci-fi theorem. A contract killer in the near future is hired to take out targets sent to him from 30 years in the future. Joseph Gordon-Levitt goes about this task until he is asked to “close his loop”, a process that requires him to kill the future version of himself. When he is faced with this, in the form of Bruce Willis, he hesitates and so ensues chaos. 


His mob bosses want both versions dead, but Willis has an agenda all of his own. He is going to track down a menace that is destroying the future. 


It starts off as a superb action adventure, with some of the niftiest ideas we've ever seen on screen. A gruesome torture scene is expertly handled, delivering jarring shocks that are impossible to forget. Willis is on top form, he looks as good as the action hero we remember from the original 'Die Hard', and the film plays up to this. 


If things drag a little towards the end, then it is because a couple of the additional ideas appear to have been given little room to grow in comparison to the core concept. In the final reckoning it doesn't matter, 'Looper' is one of the cleverest blockbusters of all-time.   

Release Date: Out Now

Starring: Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Paul Dano and Emily Blunt


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