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Gordon-Levitt plays Joe, a hit man known as a “looper” in a future where time travel has been invented, but ruled illegal. Naturally, the mob doesn’t care much for laws, so they use their tech to send people they want whacked back into the past — or Joe’s present — so they can be killed and disappeared without a trace. Then one day Joe’s latest target arrives with a familiar face: his own. After Old Joe (Bruce Willis) eludes his younger self, young Joe must go on the run from his unforgiving employers, trying to catch and kill his older self. And if Looper had played out as nothing more than the realization of that logline, it still could have been an excellent and memorably sci-fi flick. Instead, writer/director Rian Johnson has something else in mind, which allows Looper to do something few movies do these days: surprise us.
Looper is very much the story of a man confronting his past and his future simultaneously, but it’s more than just 90 minutes of Bruce Willis chasing Gordon-Levitt, or vice versa. The unexpected shift the movie makes about halfway in will likely alienate some, and your enjoyment of the ending will likely depend on your tolerance for time travel logic. Even with its flaws, Looper is a smart and ambitious bit of science fiction storytelling grounded by some impressive performance, and I can’t wait to watch it again.
The Twilight Zone Marathon (Syfy, all day)
If you’ve got the day off and are looking for entertainment that doesn’t require leaving your comfy chair, Syfy is in the midst of a day-long marathon of classic Twilight Zone all day long. Submitted for your approval…
The Walking Dead Marathon (AMC, 8/7c)
More in the mood for murderous walkers than Rod Serling twistiness? AMC is showing the first eight episodes of The Walking Dead‘s third season back to back beginning evening.
Nova (PBS, 9/8c) — “Doomsday Volcanoes”
Now that we survived the supposed Mayan apocalypse, I bet you were thinking we could all enjoy some peace and quiet without any doomsaying, right? Wrong. Here’s Nova to ruin your day:
A look at the damage that could be done by three Icelandic volcanoes (Katla, Hekla and Laki) that may be ready to erupt. Each is larger than Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which caused havoc in air travel when it erupted in 2010. Scientists ponder the consequences of such an eruption not just for air travel, but for the global food supply and Earth’s climate as a whole.
Star Trek #16 (IDW Comics)
This week’s issue concludes the comic’s foray into the Abramsverse version of the “Mirror Mirror” universe. Bring on Evil Spock!
Person of Interest (CBS, 9:01/8:01c) — “2 Pi R”
“While working undercover as a high-school substitute teacher, Finch protects a teen genius who reminds him of himself. Elsewhere, Carter takes on a dangerous assignment for the FBI.” The whole “Finch undercover at high school” sounds more like the setup of a bad comedy than a brain-bendy sci-fi procedural. Maybe he’ll challenge some underperforming kids to live up to their potential.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Cartoon Network, 9:30 am/8:30c) — “Missing in Action”
The series hits the 100-episode mark with today’s episode. Clearly, the Force is with them.
In a nearly vacant town on a strange planet, the intrepid members of D-Squad discover Gregor, a clone commando who has lost his memory, and is toiling away as a dishwasher. The all-droid squad and their gruff leader must help Gregor regain his memory so they can steal a heavily guarded shuttle and return to the Republic.