An example of maybe not the greatest use of time travel is the JCVD flick TimeCop.
Rian Johnson's new movie Looper, takes a slightly original stance on time travel, while still incorporating some bits we've seen before.
Joseph Gordon Levitt is amazing, as he has been all year. Between 50/50 last year, Dark Knight Rises, Premium Rush, this year, he is continuing to establish the fact that he is one of the best young actors around. It has been well publicized that JGL went through 3 hours of prosthetics every morning to look more like Bruce Willis. What has been mentioned less is the amazing job he does picking up all of the subtle Bruce Willis mannerisms and playing them so that he is completely convincing as a younger version of Bruce Willis. He plays Joe perfectly so that you believe both the stone cold killer part and the hanging out with a small child part. Incidentally, my favorite movie he has done is 10 Things I Hate About You - which became my favorite version of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. My previous favorite version had been when they did it for an episode of Moonlighting, which starred Bruce Willis - see how cyclical everything is?
Bruce Willis gets to pretty much play Bruce Willis, definitely not a bad thing at thing point, he's earned it. He gives old Joe a believable sense of urgency. The movie very clearly lays out why he puts together this plan to go back and attempt to change the future. Also - his real hair makes an appearance!
Indie darling Paul Dano plays Joe's Looper friend. He plays the friend who lets his older self escape to set up the premise of how necessary it is to NOT let your older self escape and how vicious the mob can be in attempting to get their target back. The last time I saw him was in Cowboys and Aliens, playing Harrison Ford's exceptionally irritating son.
Noah Segan, who worked with Rian Johnson on the Brothers Bloom. In this movie he plays Kid Blue, who seems to go from comic relief to genuinely terrifying bad guy. Also - is he young Jeff Daniels? Maybe, maybe not....
Piper Perabo plays a whore that Joe likes. Seriously - that sounds awful, but that is the role. She got famous from the movie Coyote Ugly, and has lately been on the USA series Covert Affairs, which I don't watch because it seems to be Alias, which I loved. She's topless for no reason in this movie - I have already pointed out how much I hate PTSs, so I will not rant about that again.
The shocker is how good the kid is. Oh, by the way, there is a kid in the movie. Pierce Gagnon from One Tree Hill plays him, and he is fantastic. I honestly can't say why without ruining it - so just trust me that he's good.
Jeff Daniels plays the heavy - the head of the looper organization who is actually from the future and back to monitor the action that happens in the present. I like him as a bad guy because he seems so nice, until you realize exactly how evil he is, which is a credit to his performance. Also - you should check out The Lookout - a movie he and JGL did previous to this.
7 out of 10. Lost major points for the sequence in which the mob gets the attention of the older Paul Dano character who is on the run - creeped me out so much it nearly took me out of the movie. By the way - this movie is a hard R, the violence is very serious. Gained points for the Dark Phoenix sequence. Lost points for Piper Perabo's tits. No one wants to see that.
Bonus Video 1: Battle of the Taming of the Shrews... If you never saw that episode of Moonlight - find it now! Also - If you never saw 10 Things I hate about you - rent it now! And marvel at Heath Ledger and JGL in the same movie years before they each stole two different Batman movies.
Bonus Video 1: The Lookout Trailer, more Jeff Daniels and JGL...in a pretty good movie, but not a happy movie...
Bonus Video 3: Interviews!