I'm trying to create a full list of the subgenres. Cyberpunk can best be defined as high tech meets low…
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 Looper 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.
A really well done and smart time travel movie.
With a neatly twisted time travel narrative, Looper is a well-conceived science fiction with a sleek execution - no surprise given Rian Johnson's impressive credential of directing Breaking Bad's penulative episode "Ozymandias". That said, the film isn't perfect; Looper's critical acclaim is at least partially a symptom of an aching deficit in quality sci fi coming out of Hollywood rather than purely ingenuity of Johnson himself.
My only real complaint is that this was a lot simpler and smaller than I was expecting, both plot- and theme-wise. It spells out everything very clearly, and makes it pretty obvious where the film is going. I guess I just wanted something bigger, more complex, and more thought-provoking.
But it's still really good, hinging on great. The best sci-fi works create a universe that feels lived-in and plausible, and this does that very well. Plus JGL does a terrific Willis impression, even if he doesn't look like him at all.
Rian Johnson's "Looper," a smart and tricky sci-fi story, sidesteps the paradoxes of time travel by embracing them. Most time travel movies run into trouble in the final scenes, when impossibilities pile up one upon another. This film leads to a startling conclusion that wipes out the story's paradoxes so neatly it's as if it never happened. You have to grin at the ingenuity of Johnson's screenplay.
The movie takes place in 2044 and 2074, both of which look like plausible variations of the American present, and then there are a few scenes set in a futuristic Shanghai. We learn that although time travel is declared illegal once it has been discovered, a crime syndicate cheats and uses it as…
Figured I'd give this one another whirl seeing it originally dropped into the December Project and it's now on Lovefilm, sorry, Amazon Instant Video. Holds up, just about. I have the same issues as I did last time regarding kill orders, which make no sense and although Bruce Willis' whole "let's not talk about time travel because it gives me a headache" speech is very convenient it doesn't answer the myriad of questions the film raises. There are smarter time travel sci-fi's out there but Rian Johnson does enough to keep the audience engaged and no new issues appeared during the second viewing.
Twisty, violent, clever and all handled with an excellent execution.
The time travel shit, whether or not it ACTUALLY makes sense, makes sense while you're watching and the movie is so good that I don't question it while it's happening, which is good enough for me, and way more that 99% of other time travel movies can claim.
And how good is JGL as fake young Bruce Willis? It's fucking eerie!
That first scene where you see why a looper has to close his own loop? Terrifying and grotesque and a scene that makes me think Rian Johnson could make one hell of a horror movie.
There are certain traits a movie could possess to surely catch my interest. Things like great critic reviews, a time travel theme, or proven lead actors I've enjoyed previously. Unfortunately for me, Looper was released in the fall when I don't have much free time to get to a theater. So instead I opted to blind-buy the bluray, and hoped I wouldn't later need a time machine to undo a poor purchase choice.
I've been a big fan of Bruce Willis since his early days of taunting East German terrorists with cowboy catchphrases. In recent years he has seemed a bit detached in some movie roles, but here he displayed a conviction to his cause that I found totally believable.…
*Improves with a second viewing.
As a small scale, futuristic science fiction film that deals with time travel, this film works. When it adds elements not relating to time travel, and bases the plot heavily around these new developments, it begins to trip up a little. It feels like two different really good science fiction movies were spliced together - one about time travel and crime, the other about a small boy with growing powers that could alter the course of mankind. Both sides are good, but they don't gel together quite completely like I had hoped, but still make for an enjoyable science fiction thriller. All the lead actors give good performances, but Emily Blunt is the actual stand-out in this, giving the film a heart.
Bruce Willis has time traveled before in the very satisfying "12 Monkeys", which is definitely worth checking out.
LOOPER has a very basic but interesting vision of the future as it incorporates some strong detail about time travel. The set up and scope of this movie appears to promise a well executed sci-fi thriller. When in reality, the film itself is just unbelievably dull. I couldn't care for any of the characters, the story goes very little to nowhere, and the final payoff is not worth its two hour runtime. Really don’t agree with the amount of praise this movie got back in 2012.
- 21 Grams
- Johnny Got His Gun
- The Ugly Swans
- La Jetée
- Burst City
- Blade Runner
- Strange Days
- The Master
- Only God Forgives
- Room 237
The topic title says it all really.
In rough order of potential brilliance. Check out list view for any available…