Writer-director Rian Johnson’s sci-fi-action flick is set in a future where murders are so hard to commit that victims are sent 30 years into the past, where hit men kill them and dispose of the bodies. It’s a profitable life for Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – until he has to kill his future self (Bruce Willis).
If you allow yourself to ponder certain time-travel elements, then the film collapses on itself. It’s best to step back and look at the story’s central questions: What are the elements that shape our lives and what influence do others have on us? That’s where the film is its strongest.
Also new this week:
“Doctor Zhivago”: Keira Knightley stars in this adaptation of the Boris Pasternak’s novel that aired on “Masterpiece Theatre” in 2003.
“Cosmopolis”: Robert Pattinson stars in the David Cronenberg film based on the Don Delillo novel.
“Justified: The Complete Third Season”: Timothy Olyphant stars as the U.S. Marshal who has a very old school way of dealing with bad guys.