MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -4

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt. Sci-Fi actioneer. Written & directed by Rian Johnson.

FILM SYNOPSIS: In 2072, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe, who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by transporting back Joe's future self. Say what? I know, Looper gets even loopier as you sit through it. At one point Joe as an older self is about to kill a kid who will grow up to become a villain and kill his wife. As it is, the kid already has some sort of mental telepathy which causes him to go, well, a little funny in the head whenever someone threatens him.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Sci-fi adventures into the future generally have a dark, morose look and feel, not to mention delivered to the screen with a gory execution. Same is true for this new nonlinear, dispiriting thriller. Itís loud, a lot of people get killed, I mean a lot of people get killed, and nobody thinks much about the fact that the lead is a stone-cold assassin who finally redeems himself (somewhat).

The film should do well as Joseph Gordon-Levitt (barely recognizable here due to prosthetics and CGI effects) is a hot property, Emily Blunt is an equal draw, and Bruce Willis is, well, Bruce Willis. Itís Sci-Fi, itís clever, or at least different, and lots of people get blown away. For the demographic aimed for, who could ask for more.

Itís interesting to me how these ventures into the future always reveal a disconnected society, cared for by the State and completely oblivious to religious values. We may be getting there sooner than we think. Still, Christ and God are mentioned. You can imagine how.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: Around 50 obscenities, mostly the f-word.

Profanity: Around eight uses of Godís name followed by a curse and five uses of Christís name as a release of frustration.

Violence: Lots of graphic shootings, with blood spurting and brains spewing. Tons of blood.

Sex: A couple of brief sexual situations.

Nudity: Brief topless shots of prostitutes.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Drinking and drugs.

Other: None

Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Sci-fi actioneer fans

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