|Not to be confused with 12 Monkeys|
Welcome to a fresh week of The Tagline! Over the weekend I got out to the movies and took in the new Bruce Willis/Joseph Gordon-Levitt flick Looper. Taking place in the year 2042, Looper stars JGL as Joe, a specialized assassin used by criminal syndicates in the future. Because it's very difficult to discreetly dispose of someone in 2072, the syndicates instead use illegal time travel tech to send the people into the past, where loopers (the assassins) wait to kill and dispose of the future people. The victims are sent back with the loopers payment strapped to their backs in the form of silver bars. There's a catch for the loopers though. To keep loose ends tied up, loopers sign a contract, agreeing that their last assassination will be of themselves from 30 years in the future. As the movie begins, many loopers are having their contracts terminated all at once. The prevailing rumor is that a new crime boss, known only as "the rainmaker" has suddenly seized control of all criminal operations, and is terminating the contracts of all loopers. When Joe's future self is sent back, he manages to evade past Joe's attempts to kill him, and seems intent on finding the "rainmaker" and killing him/her (he doesn't even know that much) before he/she can ever become a threat.
|Look how cool we are in our sports cars. So what if we'll be|
dead in 30 years, that's like FOREVER FROM NOW.
|This still kind of blows my mind to watch in motion.|
|He's a hitman so... yeah people are gonna die.|
So far there seems to be pretty unanimous approval for the movie, it's grossed around 40 million dollars as of this writing (that's with two weekends under its belt in the U.S.) and critics are almost all giving the thumbs up. The few who aren't seem to disapprove of the fact that the movie isn't obsessed with explaining the minutiae of time travel (Bruce Willis is pretty deadset against wasting time on bullshitting about time travel with his younger self for sure) and to those people all I have to say is WHO CARES. If you want to spend hours debating time travel theories, do it on the internet, I don't want to watch a movie where that's the whole point. No one does except for you.
That's it for Looper, join me on Thursday when I serve up a dose of comic inspired violence!