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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.
Exciting and action-packed from start to finish, as well as completely engaging in its originality and intelligence, Looper is an astonishing sci-fi film with nonstop thrills and thought-provoking ideas.
Loved the somewhat mindbending scifi and the overall message, but I did think it was a tad overrated.
This is the worst sequel to Die Hard I've ever seen. The guy who plays Bruce Willis' son has absolutely no talent or charisma. The ridiculous "plot" if you want to call it that depends totally on coincidences that keep going straight until the end. When they destroy Moscow it seems utterly cartoony and out of character for John Maclain. Eh, whatever, fix everything with time-travel why don't ya.
A pretty darned good S.F. Adventure movie which doesn't really break any new ground but treads the ground it covers confidently and entertainingly.
Haven't seen this for such a long time, I forgot how good it was !
4/10: Being a sci-fi/time-travel fan, I'm massively disappointed. I have seen other less 'famous' time travel films, and they are all better than this overrated flick. I really can't understand all the praise. I was looking forward to a slick piece of speculative sci-fi that was thought- provoking and realistic. Instead, a lazily strung generic action movie with time travel and super-powers(!).
I started my evening with an aborted viewing of BACK TO THE FUTURE, an archetypal time travel flick and my favorite movie when I was 10. I found it almost unwatchable as an adult viewer. Switching to LOOPER, I found many similar themes and even quotations of other time-travel/sci-fi movies: 30 years back in time to before time travel existed, an eerie link to the TERMINATOR films with an operative sent back to assassinate a child (defended by his tough mother) who will lead a revolution, a nod to CARRIE, even an interesting reprise of a Bruce Willis scene from PULP FICTION.
Johnson is clearly a cinephile himself. All this aside, I found the film immaculately crafted and the plot…
A few strained elements, but it's well crafted. Music and scenes work together to make a memorable and unique action sci-fi experience. The story is authentic and very well told.
- 21 Grams
- Johnny Got His Gun
- The Ugly Swans
- 964 Pinocchio
- Aachi and Ssipak
- A.D. Police File 1: The Phantom Woman
- A.I. Artificial Intelligence
- The Girl Next Door
- The Ballad of Jack and Rose
- There Will Be Blood
- Where the Wild Things Are
Less than I thought, but still fairly impressive.