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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.
Kept being surprised. JGL was a believable enough young Bruce Willis.
Von der Grundidee her eine interessante Idee, aber auch der böse Bruce Willis konnte mich nicht mitreißen. Irgendwie bin ich bei der Story verloren gegangen.
Inventive, extremely fun, and unbelievably smart, Looper is an awesome futuristic thriller. Like pretty much every story ever written or filmed involving time travelling, the laws and the logic within its universe are subject to many interpretations and that is why if one has enough time to think on it exhaustively, I’m sure that many plot holes would come up and immediately a different interpretation that invalidates that would appear and soon after one that does the same with the latter would come, and so on. That is why I don’t like discussions about this kind of details, because also, another thing that adds to the magic of movies is the fact that some questions remain unanswered or unknown.
They had to put a ton of make-up on Joseph Gordon-Levitt's face to make him look like a man.
But it kind of worked, and it's a pretty good sci-fi flick.
Looper is such a splitting film for me. I love the first act, the second act and the third act individually, but as a whole it's hard to come to terms with everything.
The first act is great world building of an awesome near future with time travel. There's some pretty decent action that happens here too.
The second act is a much slower paced character building drama, with little sci-fi. But the relationships built are still great and interesting.
The third act is filled with great action, and some really nice Akira references.
As a film the first and third acts fit, but the second feels so out of place. But I do really enjoy it.
My biggest hate…
My second Gordon-Levitt film of the day, and one of my favourites from last year. 'Looper' is a fantastic Sci-Fi thriller that mixes interesting ideas of time travel, actions and consequences and most importantly; redemption.
Almost a futuristic gangster film, Looper has tremendous pace in a twisting and turning plot. The acting is solid, with a notable mention for Jeff Daniels as the man from the future.
Fantastic entertainment, and the best Sci-Fi for quite some time.
This 2012 science-fiction action thriller is written and directed by Rian Johnson and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano and Jeff Daniels.
In the year 2044, Joe (Gordon-Levitt) works as a “looper” for a Kansas City crime syndicate run by Abe (Daniels). In the future, 2074, where time travel has been invented, criminals and various vagrants are sent back to 2044 where the “looper” is waiting to execute them on arrival. When they themselves are retired from service, the older “looper” is sent back in time to be executed by their younger self, but as all victims are bound and gagged, the identification isn’t known until checking the payment method strapped to their back – silver bars…
There are a few moments I really loved, but they're too scattered and overall it's a story that I think had a lot of potential that wasn't realized.
Basically, if you want to see a mind-bending time travel movie about a guy who meets an older version of himself, you might be disappointed. Willis and JGL share a disappointing portion of screen time together, and the burden of needing to kill yourself, how much that would psychologically damage, how you would even approach that, is mostly left unused. Instead the story is dragged into some weird fantasy plot about a young kid.
And I wouldn't say this is wholly original either. The plot is essentially the Terminator, and there's even…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
- 21 Grams
- Johnny Got His Gun
- The Ugly Swans
- La Jetée
- Burst City
- Blade Runner
- Strange Days
- 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.