I’m bad with plot summary; it is what it is; I’ll give my subjective take on Looper.
To me, more than the actual job description and requirements of a looper, the essential theme is one that fixates on the “Loop of Life”. Joe’s conviction to kill his old self at the end is the very conviction that was lacking in the early stages of his killing career. Blunderbussing person after person, he enters a cycle or loop of mundane life- silver is his silver lining- proven by selling off his best friend; he shoots drugs into his eyes each morning turning his life upside down- a mental distortion of reality vs. fantasy.; he loops because he has no way out- in essence, he is a slave to this “Loop of Life”.
Yet, this roller coaster ride needs maintenance; hence, his old self comes into the picture; His old self wants to guide his younger self into safety- eventually out of this loop. The dynamic of this mirroring relationship brings us forth to a closer revelation of the question that begs an analysis:
Which loop matters?
First Loop: Joe lets his future self live. Rain Maker’s feeling of bitterness and anger that stems from his mom’s death leads him to be more revengeful and augments the depths of “You are a liar” to be words borne out of a chaotic childhood; hence, he may in actuality live out to the be true Rain Maker as his life unfolds or as the story goes.
The Second Loop: Joe kills his future self to stave off the possibility of Rainmaker’s future troublesome adolescence and adulthood. He undoes his loop because it prevents others from living lives that may not result in a loop- perhaps there is real love and strength- as shown by the Rain Maker’s mother- who knows that although she can’t undo her past, she is able to make choices for the future. In what ways will her child best know that his mother loves her and may well be the only person that she loves so dearly. Isn’t her love the best source of physical, motherly love in this world? Truly, Joe prevented a loop from occurring in the Rain Maker’s life. Joe wanted the child to have a better life than he had- a script and story that looped out of the one that he knew to be uninviting and shameful- He didn’t want the child to become like him. The mother was right. What if her love can guide her son in the right direction? What if it’s love that prevents him from looping in the future? What if she can be patient and kind knowing that her son needs her? What if he can become someone else than the infamous future Rain Maker? Joe provides her the opportunity to live life with her child- that is all she asks and that is the most important thing he can give to her. Life without a loop.
In no way is my life supposed to be a loop of mundane or even egocentric ways of propping myself to a secure future. My life is supposed to be a reflection of your life- one that looped in constant love and compassion instead of a loop that is manipulated by the driver-seat, free-wheeling devil. Sufficiently, you are my Savior- your plan was for us to live life and for us to know your grand life. I’m so thankful that your sacrifice was the means to a life without a loop.