Love is powerful. It can make us do crazy things. The lengths to which a person will go got get it, to keep it, and to protect it can be quite extreme. How far would you go for love? Would you let the whole world burn to protect those dearest to you? That is one of the central themes running through the great time travel movie, Looper, but it is not the only one. The power of free will confronts the momentum of fate. The importance of fathers in the life of men is also is also put to the test. The one question that is not in the movie, thank goodness, is the one nerds have been discussing since H.G. Wells' The Time Machine and that is how to resolve the paradoxes implicit in the concept of time travel. As Bruce Willis' character yells out "It just doesn't matter!" The person responsible for the set design really needs recognition. The distopian near future is done with such a light subtle touch that you scarcely notice it on a conscious level and yet is pervasive just below the surface. (This does not count the silly and unnecessary jet-cycle which I swear had a Harley Davidson primary cover on it). Emily Blunt, as Sarah, puts in a performance worthy of note. While Jeff Daniels and Bruce Willis both combine charm with menace in a delightful way. I get the same vibe from this movie I did from the classic Gattaca. In a world of despair, there is always hope.
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