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Looper boasts original story idea, solid acting
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One of the most original films of the year is in theaters now. It’s called “Looper,” and — believe it or not — I’ll give you everything you need to know about this sci-fi thriller without any spoilers. Most of what I’ll tell you about this exciting new film is revealed within the first act.

So, the year is 2044. Time travel hasn’t been invented yet, but it will be invented 30 years in the future, at which time it’s instantly made illegal and only available on the black market.

So, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” — a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) — is waiting to kill them and dispose of the body. Cops in the future never find a thing.

Life is good for Joe, who is getting rich off of his profession, until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination.

If you think time travel has been done before or isn’t your cup of tea, don’t let that excuse keep you from watching “Looper.” Time travel gives us our central conflict. Young Joe and Old Joe both want to live and they are both running around in the same place and time. But there’s so much more going on here, things that the trailer barely even hints at.

“Looper” is an amazing cinematic accomplishment. There’s a killer story, and it boasts slick visuals, perfect actors and lots of action. Emily Blunt and Jeff Daniels also wow audiences. It’s really hard to believe Blunt is British as she plays a tough Kansas City farm gal. You don’t need to know anymore than that to really enjoy this picture.

But I’ll give you even more cause to celebrate. If you think Gordon-Levitt looks funny this time around, that’s because he’s acting like a young Willis. He’s wearing makeup and blue contact lenses and has even changed his voice and mannerisms. Someone give this man an Oscar.

I know, that’s wishful thinking on my part, but … I’m a fan!

McBrayer’s column appears weekly in the Courier. If you’re a fan of Showtime with Sasha, watch reviews at

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