In the film, time travel is a reality, but outlawed. Yet the Mob kill people by sending them back in time, to be erased by trigger-happy "loopers", like Joe, played by a nearly un recognisable Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Joe gets the shock of his life when he learns his next target is his future self (Bruce Willis), 30 years down the road. The mob is after Joe for "letting his loop run".
Johnson sensibly spares us the usual movie explanations about time travel - Willis' character calls it "messy", and that suffices.
Yet what we do get is one of the most intense, cleverly edited set pieces in recent memory; an Inception-like sequence puts slow-mo to creative use, and ends with a revelation that'll blow your mind (and someone into bits).
Looper is much more than a time-leaping sci-fi flick with all the trimmings of a mega-blockbuster. It dares to touch on the idea of morality, with its "end justifies the means" approach to the dilemma of self-preservation.
Contains violence/mature scenes
YP Rating: 5/5