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Tristar, DMG Entertainment, Endgame Entertainment and FilmDistrict present an R rated, 118 minute, sci-fi, action, thriller directed and written by Rian Johnson with a theater release of September 28, 2012.


Kansas, 2044 and Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) a well-known Looper, working for Abe (Jeff Daniels), Joe’s boss sent back from the future to run the Loopers, is standing in a farm field waiting for his next Loop to appear so he can brutally assassinate him.  Time travel has not been invented in the current year but 30 years from the year it has and is used by hardened criminals to send back a Loop bound and facially covered for a Looper to kill and expose of the body.  Apparently in the future crimes are tough to commit let alone dispose of a body without the kill being traced back to the criminal.  When a Loop is sent 30 years back in time to be killed and disposed of they are strapped with bars of silver under their clothes as a payment to the Looper but if a Loop is strapped with gold than the Looper literally just killed himself.
One afternoon when Joe is waiting for his next kill, the man appears not bound with his face exposed; this man is Old Joe (Bruce Willis).  Shocked Joe shoots but no kill and now Old Joe is alive 30 years from when he was supposed to die.  There is a reason Old Joe is back and on the run which is to save the life of his wife (Qing Xu) who was shot by men working for the Rainmaker.  The Rainmaker happens to control the future and Old Joe feels if he can find this man, now a boy, he can in turn save his wife.  Although the film has many potential holes, it plays out quite well and you’ll discover that what happens in one scene actually affects the outcome of another.  If you liked the film “Inception” than you may actually enjoy this story as well since it has a lot of twists and turns in the plot.  There are moments where you see one thing happening in Joe’s life that may not make sense to what’s actually happening but all you need to think is, what if?  
The future has now met the present and the chase between man versus boy begins as Joe tries to finish the job he was supposed to do in the first place, kill Old Joe.  The story takes a dark turn when Old Joe starts his hunt to find and kill the Rainmaker since in the current year the Rainmaker is a child.  Both men on the run from Abe and his crew and also on the run from each other are faced with the fact of kill or be killed.  Kid Blue (Noah Segan) is one of Abe’s men who happens to add a bit of levity to the film since for the most part anything he’s does is not done right even when he thinks it is!  
Joe eventually ends up on a farm tracing a clue of numbers to where the Rainmaker may be since he knows eventually Old Joe will show up to kill him.  Joe takes refuge on a farm run by Sara (Emily Blunt) who lives with a young boy, Cid (Pierce Gagnon), who happens to have some very special powers.  This young actor by the way is absolutely phenomenal and a cross between Damien from the film “The Omen” and one of the Walton boys, that would be an old television show with morals.  All I can say is don’t ever let this kid get mad at you.  In the end everything comes back around almost like in the fashion world.  What was in yesterday will surely be back in one way or another 30 years from now.  Albeit we get to witness the meaning of love as a mom loves her child and a man his wife and all that they would do in order to protect them in the present time or 30 years from now.
I was a bit confused in the beginning but for the most part everything comes out in the end.  Although you will probably be discussing it for a while the plot is pretty simple overall if you don’t think too hard about it.  Yet even though changing the future would change the present it leaves a few questions open to ponder.  Nicely directed and written the film is quite entertaining, although I must say that one or two scenes seemed a bit too planned out and unrealistic to the story.  Gordon-Levitt has moved into the A list category apparently and rightfully so since he proves once again that he really can lead a film.  Nice to see Daniels who seemed to be having a good time with this role.  Willis once again is right in his element, a bit older but still an action star.  Blunt was a nice support to the plot as are several other characters that come and go throughout the story but I must say once again that the young actor Gagnon was brilliant and truly made this film an added bonus to see just for his role alone.  Right up the road to the male demographic this thriller is not just your typical time travel movie but rather one filled with possibilities of what if’s!  Written and enjoyed with two and half paws out of four by Jon Patch.

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Jon Patch

Graduated from Penn State University in 1983 and landed my first broadcasting job at the flagship station to SUN Radio Network in St. Petersburg, FL as a producer of talk radio. In 3 months advanced to a network producer, then on air as a national eventually local weather reporter for the Tampa Bay area. Held a position in management as a trainer to new hosts and producers and later Affiliate Relations Manager, eventually in 1990 started hosting, Talkin' Pets. Left SUN radio several years later and worked with USA Radio Networks for 1 year. I worked with Business TalkRadio & Lifestyle TalkRadio Networks for19 years under the title of V.P. Affiliate Relations and Programming, later worked with Genesis Communications until starting a new network ATRN.  Currently working with GAB Radio Network and with Josh Leng at Talk Media Network.  I am still hosting the largest and longest running pet radio and internet show in the country, Talkin' Pets, for the past 29 years... My one true passion in life is to help to educate the world through interviews with celebrities like Betty White, Tippi Hedren, Bob Barker, Linda Blair and others, authors, foundations and organizations like the ASPCA, LCA, HSUS, AHA, WSPA on the ways to make this world a better place for all animals and mankind whom all share this very fragile and mysterious planet called earth. This is the only home we have so we all need to learn how to share and maintain it so that life for us all continues and evolves forever...

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