AV Club's 100 best films of the decade thus far.
Hunted By Your Future, Haunted By Your Past
In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a looper, a hired gun, like Joe is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good until the day the mob decides to close the loop, sending back Joe's future self for assassination.
Looper is easily the best film I've seen this year! I loved everything about it! I was in awe from start to finish. The directing, performances, and plot are all top notch. Pierce Gagnon pratical steals the show as Cid with the best child performance I've seen since Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense. I teared up at one point because I was so happy with what I was seeing. I can't recommend this film highly enough and I think most people will love it.
Writer-director Rian Johnson made a splash with his genre mash-up debut, Brick, before struggling with his muddled sophomore effort, The Brothers Bloom. Rather than paring things back Johnson stubbornly ploughed forward with another ambitious, mind bending extravaganza. Although I’ve had to admire his playful blending of genres and styles I’ve never quite bought wholeheartedly into vision - until now.
Looper is still a film that suffers from the director’s familiar problems - too ambitious and too unfocused - but here the ambition is matched with an energy that is infectious. Rian Johnson has managed to take elements from every major, and not so major, sci-fi film of the past thirty years, stick them together and then, miraculously, made it work.…
Taking the tried & tested formula of time-traveling in sci-fi films, Looper creates an original beauty of a film that is as satisfying as its smart plot. It's not so complex that you're gonna have a hard time figuring it out nor is it too simple that you can spare your attention away from it for a while. The balance this movie has between its sci-fi elements & action-drama is its real strength, making it one of the best films of its year.
Looper presents a future where time travel has been invented but outlawed. Run by criminal organizations, it allows them to erase their enemies by sending them back in time where they are cleaned up by the "loopers". This tells…
I want so desperately to shake anyone into oblivion who has rated Looper less than [a super] low three stars, but I need to just accept it as perception and if everyone loved all of the same films, then the world would be a very boring place, right? Bullshit, but ideal, I suppose. I just find it almost strange that so many people loved Django Unchained but found this almost average or with "flaws", when for me, it was the other way around. I just wonder, did we watch the same movies? Can we loop back in time and make you watch this again, please? I am not trying to offend anyone, I am just truly at a loss for…
Rian Johnson...you fucking genius you.
Not only did you make an awesome movie...you may have just become my favorite director working today. It's either you or Paul Thomas Anderson.
Joseph Gordon Levitt...even if you do look like a damn catfish in all that makeup...you gave the best Bruce Willis impression ever.
Bruce Willis...you haven't been this badass since Die Hard man and you are fucking awesome again.
Looper...you may have just became my favorite movie of the year.
Either this or The Avengers.
You know what...fuck it. At risk of causing some controversy, I think this IS the best film of the year; so far at least.
Now that's how you make a god damn movie.
Bruce Willis sólo sabe hacer de Bruce Willis.
Una vez que te olvidas de las inevitables paradojas que acarrea la línea temporal dinámica la película está cojonuda.
First re-watch, I think, and I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed the first half of Looper. Johnson's semi-poetic dialogue is more free-verse doggerel than verbal music, which can sometimes be distracting, but its stylization comes and goes and the movie's better for its having been attempted when it is attempted since the actors often milk it effectively for its hardboiled sounds, and much of the movie's pleasure comes from its blend of sci-fi elements, midwestern landscapes and noir sensibilities. The other most distinctive pleasure for me was the freewheeling time travel plot, a pulp sci-fi bit of nonsense that embraces glaring paradoxes to explore the idea that an assassin might have to "close his own loop" by killing his future…
When future criminal organisations use time travel to send their hits back in time to be killed by hired assassins, Joe soon discovers that one of his targets isn't that easy to kill.
Large budget SF movie that is a bit of a mix of interesting and clichéd ideas. The plot, though a little bit long-winded, does tells a story that is involved enough to keep the viewer interested, but though it is entertaining for the whole, as the finale looms it does all become a bit clichéd and one can tell exactly what is going to happen. The cast all play their roles well, especially the interaction between Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The special effects are quite well…
Looper is a film that feels stunted, a great premise that grew so unwieldy that Rian Johnson had to cut it off at the stump just to keep it under control. During the first half of the movie, Johnson builds a future dystopia that is fun and fascinating to be inside of. His depiction of a future America riddled with poverty and cyberpunk drugs where everyone is either a victim or victimized, all of them dressed in the finest noir threads, is shockingly original and interesting. In addition to this, the central conflict of old vs young, each one gunning for what's important to them, is a great one. This is aided by the fact that both Joe's are sympathetic;…
They screwed up the ending.
¿Qué fue primero, el huevo o la gallina? La pregunta que te haces cada 20 minutos.
i hate time travel
Having heard so many good things about Looper, I went into this film expecting a great action/time travelling film, and I have to be honest, I was kind of let down. I mean, this film does have its great moments but sadly those great moments aren't enough to keep this film interesting and to be honest, I was board through most of this film. On the bright side, all the actors were great in there role, and one great performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as at first I honestly didn't even recognize it was him, and Bruce Willis did a good job too. Looper is the kind of film I'd only watched once.
44% out of 100%
With Predestination, one of the most interesting time travel movies the latest year. Bonus points for Joseph-Gordon Lewitt and Garett Dillahunt.
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