At the beginning of Looper, murder has never been so brusque. A young man waits in an open field, and when another man appears out of thin air, the young man shoots him without a moment’s hesitation. The speed is startling, but that’s because we don’t yet understand the elaborate world created by writer and director Rian Johnson. Set in 2044, Johnson’s future is one where death can be preordained. It’s almost irrecoverable, until one man has an agenda that goes beyond the space/time continuum. Johnson’s latest is brainy entertainment, raising intriguing moral questions as the bullets and buckshot fly.