[b]Looper[/b] (2012 113min.) [BBC2 9.00pm]
Sci-fi action thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. In the year 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past where hitmen like Joe are waiting to execute the contract and dispose of the body. It's a lucrative business for Joe but when he runs into his older self, he realises his employers want to close the loop for good.
Recently voted as one of the ten best science-fiction films released so far this century, it's one of the rash of releases in the time travel sub-genre from the early years of this decade (Source Code, Primer etc.)
There's lots going on and the viewer is required to either keep paying attention or get hopelessly lost among the shifting time frame and non-linear narrative.
But director Rian Johnson keeps everything together and moving forward, there's some impressive action scenes and the three leads are all very good value (Emily Blunt gives another strong performance as a farm owner with whom Levitt seeks refuge) and the whole thing swings along in a confident and posessed way until it reaches it's satisfying conclusion.
Works as both a big budget popcorn movie and an intelligent piece of sci-fi with loads of ideas and style.