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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 basically 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.
Typically in the sci-fi genre, the film is either a great concept or a familiar concept that's well executed. Looper is the rare film that is both. This is a high concept film that explains itself well without speaking down to the audience all while going 100 miles per hour until it reaches the thrilling climax. This is a sci-fi film for both the people who claim to hate the genre and for those who love it. I would be shocked if this one doesn't continue to gain momentum as a cult favorite as it really is a must see.
Interesting concept of a time travel story despite some unexplained inconsistencies in the plot and some stretches of dead time. Good performances by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and Jeff Daniels.
When Rian Johnson broke on the scene with 'Brick', it was clear he was a talent to watch. Since then he has had one misfire in 'The Brothers Bloom' and directed a number of episodes of 'Breaking Bad' - including what must surely rank as one of the greatest hours of television of all time in with 'Ozymandias' - and signed on to direct, 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'. Inbetween all this he directed 'Looper', a fine little Sci-Fi film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt. It is a time travelling film that takes it's queues from others in the genre, most pertinently, James Cameron's 'The Terminator' and Terry Gilliam's 'Twelve Monkeys', also starring Willis.
The concept as as…
It's not perfect, but it is damn good. It is definitely one of the smartest time-loop movies out there.
Interesting but already seen...
Before my brief review I want to address something: I watched this on demand at a friends house and it seriously detracted so much of my enjoyment of the film. The TV provider or whatever Because they ADR'd all the F-words into "freak" and it seriously made so much of a difference, was so distracting, and completely ruined the intensity and serious tone of most scenes. They also added commercials every 20 minutes, which was so incredibly jarring and unneeded.
So that basically ruined my experience of the movie. I love this movie, I think its high concept and extremely entertaining. I am aware there are some logistical problems, and some inconsistencies, but the world building is so top notch…
Suprisingly good movie
In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back his own future self for assassination.
A time travel thriller as convoluted as the plot sounds, a bit silly and with a disappointing ending, although the cast does their best to hold the story together.
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