By Julie Denice Griffin
Shanghai ~ I’m from the future, you should go to China. Speaking of spiders, it’s the little ones that get ya.
The opening motif of a single woman who raises her young son on an isolated farm, the scenario of the past makes a way for future closure. Just like every hot blooded young American looper, Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) likes to perfect himself in front of the mirror. About ten percent of the population has this TK mutation ~ Now it’s just a bunch of assholes blowing your mind floating quarters, he said. He floats his deep, cranberry red sport car through the city streets where tent cities rest alongside the galley of every building, and wealthy gunmen openly fire legalized hit shots and murder the poor who might chance to be dumb enough to take a loaf of bread or a suitcase.
“I’d see so many men in the city whose eyes looked lost.” The mother tells him, that it does not matter whether or not her little boy (Pierce Gagnon) loves her back or not. Because as long as she is raising him, she is going to make sure he never gets lost again. Joe finds out about the gift of the child the hard way. However, his love for his mother drives him to protect her ~ And while his mother and her one new friend close to her helps her to protect the identity of the child. “If he grew up with me raising him. If he grew up good,” she tells Joe the prophetic secret behind the true formula of how her little boy grows up to his best potential with her.
Later, the looper goes to a techno-club and a regular heroine-like drug addict leans his head back and languishes. Christ Joe, his friend, his voice in tatters, begs him to help him as he pushes through the door of the clubhouse. He tells himself about the Rain Maker, and his young self lets his old self run. A part of an organized mob group of gangsters who travel through time to commit assassinations the present lawmakers of the earth of the year 2075 long since outlawed ~ Every man and woman is tagged, registered and accounted for. Therefore, even a single dissapearance is automatically noted and efficiently and perfectly tracked and known. Knowing this, the mob boss from the future sends whoever he wants murdered back in time and his looper dispatched to follow, he gets silver or gold bars for his job hit.
If one gets away, the message Be at Wire Street shows up on his arm, and when he arrives the hit comes before the time warp closes. The film flashes back and forth from between the small town to the large future city of 2074 and a few other future years, as the main gyst of the film seems to want to make clear that the Rain Man wants to own and control all of the time warps ~ The minute man discovered the ability of the technology for time travel, it was made illegal. A few unpredictable events mark the film just as much a pop science-fiction manifesto as other cult science-fiction films of the century. While involving a path that is a circle round and round later, the main ideal of the film is to save the mother of the child so that she can raise the child. The singular act, makes a valuable future impact too important to leave out of the film. So, the 2075 hit men who work undercover for the man of the future have to all eventually murder themselves. It is a part of the deal and a golden handshake with a limited no quarter.
While the young farm woman (Emily Blunt) shot and buried three vagrants the past year ~ It is likely that she knows her shotgun may eliminate the man of the future as needed, for self-protection of course. But in the strange course of events, the woman ends up entertaining some unexpected guests who she tries to shield her little boy from, due to his gift. The phenomena surfaced for several reasons, one of which had to do with the death of his false mother. And the other due to his true origin of birth. Through Joe, the vagrant of his future, the little boy gains a temporary stepfather. And one day she closes his pocket-watch with a delicate hand. A dozen gold bars arrayed along the side of a shed arranges itself for her future carefully.
It is almost as if Joe and the woman knew eachother before, it is that feeling of Deja Vu. A lot of important elements of the film explain why. And the extremely high I.Q. of the child all form to make for some interesting plot material. However, this is a movie with multiple plot structure and so the pattern followed is more a pop elective. The child who eventually heals after discovering that his real mother is raising him, and finds out that the woman who once stole him away, is just that. Someone who withdrew him from his mother at a prior time. His later psychological issues, she handles well however.
He is troubled by what happened in his past before she got him back. He believes the pattern might repeat itself again. His mother refuses to burden Joe who she knows from before with her son’s fears. But she knows how to help him get past what he once lived through. And during one very precious scene, the little four-year child climbs up into her arms and holds her dearly and apologizes. One day a male stranger comes who lies and acts like he walked through empty farms all day in the sun, and when Cid the child shows Joe how to help protect all three of them, Cid seems to know somehow that the whole scenario later might lead to something better for his mother and him for the future.
Water, a symbol of a commodity the future people lack, the visitor after Joe gulps down
the clear, rich icy flow as well. And just like the symbolic in the last movie review, The Man Who Fell From Earth, fresh farm water ~ And any good and purified water seems a blessing not necessarily doled out to every participant just like that. Along with the complete lack of kindness and compassion, the people of the year 2075 live in a type of dystopia and reek of the adoration of a more Sodomite Society. Nothing seems sacred or precious there. Street crime is a common future liability, but not particularly looked at as exceptional. Everyone, including our feature stars of the film seem adjusted to what environment they lived in, in the future year.
In the very far and distant future,where the young just want the old to die and get it over with ~ Joe, the age of his father speaks to his old self without respect. The old man though tells Joe what he is. A junkie. A loser. An executioner. The first thing he did is start closing loops. All of them. But the real reason this Joe wants the hit man here in this old farm county where the woman with the small son lives is to stop all future evil which impacts the two. In order to examine the movie closer and discover a lot of the meanings of the special effects, and some other facts, like the details of the payment plan for the hit men, it is important to watch the movie up close and avid.
The recent 2012 film loaded with plenty of enigma, should be available and has been out at most local theaters for the past month or so. Rian Johnson directed the film, produced by Ram Bergman and James D. Stern.