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January 25, 2013

‘Looper’ among years best despite snub

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emann@pvdemocrat.com — As those deemed award worthy by the Academy elite have already been bestowed nominations for the latest round, it’s time once gain to consider one of the many determined too lowly and snubbed. So why wouldn’t this include science fiction, the often ignored cousin of comedy, only when they couldn’t find an artsy enough alternative for best original composition or special effects.

I suppose when those who make a living out of nitpicking every perceived imperfection get something like a time travel entry, the paradoxes alone give them no pause for rejection. Alas, this is one of those instances one really wants to stick their worn out judging criteria where the sun don’t shine and give credit for what feels like one of the freshest and raw ideas this genre has seen in quite some time. “Looper” poses rather important humanity related questions like how much damage we would cause to protect our own interests and whether or not we would do the right thing in our own spiritual battle against evil.

Set in not at all bright and cheerful 2044, life for most people seems to be limited to a career selection of hobo, prostitute or thug for organized crime. For those who can stomach the criminal gig like Joseph Simmons (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the work is pretty simple in that mob bosses from the even further future of 2074 send back people they want killed as a part of a looper contract.

The unfortunate part of being this type of killer for hire is that once the mob bosses want to end your contract, they send an older version of yourself to be eliminated as a way of closing the loop forever. Simmons gets by like a lot of scum mostly fine either getting high on the drug of the day or hoarding his silver paid for killing until he encounters a fellow looper friend Seth Richards (Paul Dano) who is on the run after he cannot finish his contract. From there the story is on instant awesome sauce with the rest of the flick picking up speed when Simmons older self (played by Bruce Willis) also manages to escape being looped.

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    Lisa D. Brinkley of Springdale, Arkansas was born to Clarence (C. L.) and Bertha (Wright) Pelfrey on November 3, 1947 in Yuba City, California and passed from this life on July 15, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 66 years.

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  • Roger Glen Clayton

    Roger Glen Clayton, of Wynnewood, was born April 22, 1960 in Arizona to Sonny B. and Wanda Ruth (Riddle) Clayton. He passed away July 10, 2014 in Newcastle, Oklahoma at the age of 54 years.

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  • Reba Joyce Dawson

    Reba Joyce Dawson of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma was born to Ben and Gertie Mae (Gates) Crawford Jr. on July 28, 1934 in Carthage, Texas and passed from this life on July 8, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 79 years.

    July 17, 2014

  • Lawatha Dean Gilley

    Lawatha Dean Gilley, of Pauls Valley, passed away July 8, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 80 years.

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