So if you could go back in time and have coffee with a younger version of yourself, would you go?
What might the two of you talk about?
That’s what happens in “Looper.” The film is set in 2042, with visitors from 2072 visiting regularly.
Organized crime, circa 2072, has found a way to assassinate people without a trace: send the target back in time to be killed. Presto: no evidence.
And a final wrinkle: sometimes the target is sent back to be killed by a younger version of himself. That’s “closing the loop.”
All these threads are woven together into a very smart science fiction drama that is reminiscent of “The Matrix,” “Inception,” “Adaptation,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Being John Malkovich.”
“Looper” stays smart right to the end, when strings are neatly tied up.
At the heart of this tale is the moment when Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis sit down in a diner to chat — two editions of the same man ordering much the same food.
Creepy, but fascinating.