If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the movies it’s this: don’t tinker with time, you’ll only end up regretting it in the end.
This week, director Rian Johnson jumps into the cerebral time-travel slipstream with Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Joe, a Mob hit man in 2042 tasked with wiping out his employer’s foes sent to him from the future. At a drop point, Joe waits for a target from 2072 to appear and boom – retroactive problem solving in action. That is until Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) shows up on the mat as the next kill.
In honor of this new arrival, we’ve assembled some examples of time-travel movies that left us exhilarated, perplexed or underwhelmed by their epic, time-centric audacity.