Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
Super-spoilery but possibly substantial complaint about the plot of Looper
Okay, so don't probably read this unless you've seen the film and feel like jawing about it...
But this piece about how wonderfully smart Looper is stuck in my craw, because...
...why do loopers exist? Because it's so hard to dispose of bodies in the future. That's why the crime syndicates send their marks to be whacked in the past.
And why does Bruce Willis travel back in time to fix the future? Not to save himself. To save his wife. Because the bad guys casually execute her when she sees them abducting Willis.
Get that? They just turn and shoot her, because she's a witness. They commit a murder. In the future. That produces a body. Which is hard to get rid of, we've been told. So hard, in fact, that they send their marks to be whacked in the past...
Basically, the story of the film is premised upon the bad guys doing exactly what they would never do.
And while we're at it, wouldn't it be easier (not to mention a whole lot less risky) to just whack the mark, then send his corpse back to the past for incineration?
Yeah, yeah, time travel movies are tricky, etc. Just don't tell me how smart they are.
Unless I'm wrong. Go ahead and tell me if I'm wrong.
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