3. The Torture Scene in Looper
It’s always scary putting such a new film so close to the number one spot on a list. After all it has been out for less than a week. That said, I’m fairly confident that anyone who has seen the film is nodding their heads right now. If you haven’t seen it, go do it. Right now. Otherwise, consider this a SPOILER ALERT.
One of those basic time travel principles is that if you go back and kill someone in the past it erases them from the future. But what about torture?
You see – Bruce Willis isn’t the only future-self that shows up in this film. It happens to a side character as well. Only this guy is unfortunate enough to have his younger past self captured and held by the bad guys. Here’s where it gets amazing – you see, now they have his past self hostage and need to get his old self to turn himself in. So they torture him. The only catch is that we see the torture only from the old guy’s POV – meaning that 30-year-old scars just start appearing on his body. We see the results, nothing more.
One by one his fingers slowly vanish as if they were never there. The tip of his nose becomes a long-since healed stub of a scar. His feet vanish. Gradually, as he races to turn himself in, his presence diminishes more and more as entire limbs go away – the horrifying part to it all is that no matter what he does he can’t stop it; it already happened. It’s a truly disturbing scene – and there isn’t a drop of blood.
So yeah… go see Looper.