Given the nature of this blog, let me start by saying that Looper (official site and trailer here) is not a film for all ages. It is dark, violent (including off-screen killings involving children), and foul-mouthed, with a little nudity thrown in to give it a solid R rating.

That said, it is also a thought-provoking treatment of time-travel, love and abandonment, and the lengths to which people might go to protect what is dear to them. In many movies involving time-travel (think Back to the Future or Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), the emphasis is on changing only what is necessary and avoiding any contact with one's former or future self. This film takes the exact opposite approach, putting an older and younger version of the same man, a hired killer, in direct conflict with each other. This sets up a number of interesting topics to explore -- for example:
If those bullets made some sense and sound intriguing, this movie might be worth a go for you. Bruce Willis driven slightly mad by time travel recalls Twelve Monkeys; the dystopian future and film noir elements recall Blade Runner, and the rural setting and certain horror elements recall Stephen King.  If all of that sounds intriguing, see it.

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