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Again, from here on down there may be spoilers. Commenters are asked to be considerate and careful, but I'm not asking folks to avoid all spoilage. Sometimes points can't be made without them. So if you haven't seen the movie, you might want to close this browser window now.

Lance Mannion

One last thought from me on the movie, which I'm putting here because this one is a possible spoiler.

Looper is an excellent sci-fi, classic noir thriller that can also be seen as a superhero movie. It's one heck of an origin story.

Have to say, I'm looking forward to seeing this bit of The Summer of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. [Nice of him to share.] May get there tomorrow, in fact. Thanks for the nudge!


I enjoyed Looper.

It was an interesting mash-up of Harlan Ellison [someone from the future must go back to the past to set his own time right -- "Old Joe's" story] and Philip K. Dick [someone has good reason to doubt his view of reality and to suspect that someone's inside his head -- "Young Joe's" story]. The use -- the embrace -- of the paradoxes of time travel made it more fun.

So much so that, like you, I'm thinking of seeing it again, but just because I now think the first half-hour or so may have been even smarter than I was giving it credit for at the time.

BTW, just to clarify: There was a brief glimpse of Old Joe's future after he kills his first victim in the past. There is an off-screen suggestion that his future was "now" different in one important way. Did you take that to mean that -- in a horrible irony, it was the "wrong" killing that might have gotten Old Joe the future he longed for? It's another reason I want to re-watch the film.

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