I don’t want to talk about time travel, because if we start talking about it, then we’re going to be here all day talking about it, making diagrams with straws. – Older Joe (Bruce Willis), Looper
I really enjoyed Looper when I saw it in the theaters. Fast paced, an interesting concept, a terrific cast. There’s an element of Robert Heinlein to the plot, from the fantastic time travel element to the gritty realism that is portrayed. That first viewing was a blast.
The second viewing … that changed my perspective. The end of the second act into the third act is paced a bit quickly. Cid, the young man whose future actions drive the desperate pace, and Sarah, his mom, seem to come into the flick late.
Then, of course, there’s time travel. It works fine when it’s just the Loopers killing people from the future. But when Older Joe survives his initial confrontation with Younger Joe, that all starts to get a bit, well, loopy. During the initial viewing, everything was new and moving quickly and it’s well acted, so it didn’t bother me as much. But with knowledge of what’s coming next and some time to reflect, the time travel and related effects throughout the second two-thirds of the movie was a bit silly.
Disappointing, sure. But I give writer-director Rian Johnson for shooting high and for the quality and uniqueness of the work he has crafted, and that, to me at least, diminishes those issues.
A fun flick, but don’t over-think it.