9.30PM, GO! ★★ ★ ★
An ambitious, adrenalised sci- fi thriller that is all brains and all brawn, almost all the time. First, the brains bit. Looper is a time- travel movie, with some head- spinning theories going on about how time machines can be used by gangsters to get rid of their enemies. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Joe, a hitman in the year 2044 whose latest assignment is to kill his future self. Bruce Willis is the older Joe, and he is not about to let his past self get away with murder. What follows ( and it is easier to follow than it sounds!) is a quality chase movie of some considerable sophistication. Indeed, in a gripping fi nal act, Looper locks into a mood that is at once contemplative and compelling.