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.
This is Rian Johnson's melancholy poem about humanity, regret and redemption and it's beautiful.
It introduces Joseph Gordon Levitt as Joe and putting it simply... he lives in the future, and his job is to kill people the future mob, who live in a time where time travel has been invented, send back in time to be disposed of by past hitmen, 'Joe'. Next up is Paul Dano, a segway that essentially introduces the secondary characters played by Jeff Bridges and Noah Segan. After all these characters are introduced and we're successfully brought into the world that Joe lives in via alterations of modern life and unique believable elements adapted from modern living, we are finally introduced to Old Joe,…
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Wenn es mal wieder ein toller Zeitreisefilm sehen möchte, ist bei “Looper” genau richtig. Regisseur Rian Johnson (Brick, Brothers Bloom) gelingt es die richtige Mischung zwischen Action und Drama zu finden erschafft einen Film der einige Interessante Fragen aufwirft.
Die wichtigste Frage ist natürlich die, ob man fähig ist sein eigenes älteres ich zu töten. In gewisser Weise kommt dies ja einem Selbstmord gleich, wenn auch einem 30 Jahre versetzen Selbstmord. Schön zeigt der Film, dass ein kurzer Moment des Zögerns einem das Leben retten kann. Wie oft sieht man in Filmen bei Selbstmordversuchen, dass ein kurzer Moment des Zögerns den Rettern die Chance gibt den Suizidgefährdeten zu retten! Und genau dieser Moment des Zögerns rettet dem älteren Joe ja…
Geslaagde tijdreis-SF-film, zeer vermakelijk en spannend.
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I think my expectations were too high and so this ended up being slightly disappointing. The storyline is intriguing if a bit messy. To be honest it wasn't really what I expected at all. I think the writing and direction were fine, sometimes having subtle injection of humour in a fairly humourless story, but it wasn't anything outstanding. I was close to giving it an 8 mainly because of its premise and being the sort of thing I should enjoy, but I'll settle on a high 7 as it missed the mark in being as good as it should have been.
There were some eye opening moments. First of all it plays a bit like a film noir,…
First re-watch in a long time and I'm more willing to accept its flaws: a little over-earnest, and very single-minded in its basic message of "violence bad, loving mother figures good!" But even then this is still one of the top sci-fi action films of the decade. If films of this ilk were made with this level of care and devotion to character-driven stories, the word "genre" wouldn't carry such a stigma today. And that final half hour is still incredible.
This was a really, REALLY good film. Beautiful cinematography, solid acting and script, and a complex and interesting concept that was handled so well. Also Emily Blunt - need I say more?
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You know you’ve got something when you have a big idea you can explain in 1 minute of opening voiceover.
Heck yeah, Jeff Daniels. “I’m from the future. You should go to China.” The line’s so good, anyone could do a decent job delivering it, but man does he carry it so far beyond “decent.”
The progressive post-dismemberment of Seth is a testament to the horror of off-screen imagination (visuals are gross, but there were much grosser options on the table here). Doing the math as it plays out is just awful and tragic.
Joe is like a William Munny who’s so grateful to be reformed, he'll murder children to prove it. Love the way this movie plays with notions of age, wisdom, perspective, and fundamental moral rightness.
The wanting is what’s erotic. Piper Perabo topless but only wanted for comfort = not sexy. Emily Blunt clothed but dying for it = sexy. Clicking a frog = somehow sexy?
I'm trying to create a full list of the subgenres. Cyberpunk can best be defined as high tech meets low…