In addition to great acting, effects, and story concepts, Looper provides some moral conundrums and mind-bending solutions that invite conversation.
And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’
– Luke 12:19-20
Two key verses and these accompanying question frame the film with some great opportunities for conversation, as discussed in our audio podcast review.
Apart from a spiritual worldview, can young Joe’s lifestyle really be called wrong?
Is Joe’s outlook on life at the story’s beginning more internally consistent than ours?
What if you had 30 guaranteed awesome years versus 40-60 more mediocre ones?
Be honest: who or what do YOU sacrifice for what’s “yours”?
If you could go back in time and “kill Hitler” as a child, would you? Why or why not?
Do we consider how our seemingly small transgressions might ripple outward?
How do young and old Joe’s intentions differ? Where does each ultimately end?
Where does the biblical concept of “dying to self” apply to the story of Looper?
In the final analysis, does Joe’s narration create a storytelling conundrum?
Joe is on a path that leads to destruction and tries to change it. How do we navigate the narrow path in OUR lives?
Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?
– Matthew 16:24-26
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