Apparently, sixty years from now, in 2074, time travel will be invented but will then be outlawed immediately. A looper is a worker who is told when someone will time travel back, and it is their job to assassinate them the second they return, with gold bars as payment. This is called "ending the loop." The start of the movie is just watching people get shot over and over at the same place by what I think was the same person and by the time that was over, I was starting to forget all the logic. Failing to end the loop can lead to execution, so it is a very important job. Except, one time, the looper Joe is able to see the face of the outlawed time traveller, sees that it's himself thirty years older, and his older self is able to escape.
His older self is now on a mission to assassinate in the past an outlaw called "The Rainmaker" who will become a deadly assassin but at the moment is not.
What could've been an incredible time travel caper unfortunately, ends up being one of the dullest sci-fi movies in a while. I know that a scene with a man in the future who is slowly shrivelling up because of his past self had to happen, but it was like watching someone drown, and it might as well should have been. It was also a very stupid move for Joe's older self to just come into a diner with his younger self purposefully so they could talk when he knows his younger self regrets not killing him. I know that conversation had to happen, but I wish it would've been after a more action-packed resist or something. If you became a fugitive and had to talk to a certain cop, would you go talk to him in person or would you wait and phone him from a couple miles away, just to be safe? The events in these movies are between 2044 and 2074, but they both don't look like future societies at all. Near the end, it's two biggest flaws are when a gun shoots at the road in order to make a dust clue for the older Joe approaching. Why not just shoot at Joe himself? It was inventive creating the cloud, but it has no substance. Also, near the end, a truck is purposefully flipped over after…you know what, I'm not going to spoil anything else, but if you watch the movie, when you see that scene, you'll see the major flaw right away.
Joe's younger self ends up meeting a girl named Sara who is having trouble being a mother with her little brother Sid, and I enjoyed his actor a lot, and I was impressed how grown up he was, explaining how he wishes he had a gun to protect people. There are also a few decent action scenes, but nothing that hasn't been done better before. And it's way too many flaws made it unlikeable and completely forgettable for me.