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.…
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 review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The bald man goes back in time to call himself an idiot.
a rare thing that happens - i changed my mind about a movie. disliked "looper" a lot during the first screening, but started to get something out of it during the second one. i appreciate the approach to overload everything, trying to form a great novel, a bigger story out of a interesting sci fi ground, even if it is too big to really get handled. nice try anyway.
This is how Time Travel movies should be done. Complex enough for the sci-fi action buffs. The growth shown in the protagonist both physically and mentally was brilliant.
"And then I saw it..."
The ending wraps up everything beautifully. Willis plays a bad guy you can sympathise with, and Blunt does a good enough job playing an american farm girl.
I enjoyed this film but don`t really feel like writing about it.
Time travel is neat.
The make up for JGL was really good.
Just as good the second time through.
The most Macbethian film of recent years,
unnaturally substituting verb tenses for each other,
pissing off the would-be gods who would maintain the rightful order of things,
starting & ending in fateful loops of covetous self-betrayal & righteous self-betrayal,
seeing ghosts of men where there are no men and yet not actually hallucinating,
fearing a child who was from his mother's care untimely ripp'd,
and making an unwashably bloody mess in the process.
"Imagine what he's gonna do."
"If he did good with it, though, if he grew up with me raising him, if he grew up good!"
Rian Johnson knows what he's doing with science fiction. Your experience with this film will go a lot smoother if you just trust him.
One line could perfectly sum up this movie "time travel is messy, let's not talk about it". So. how do you make a time travel movie if you avoid the topic of time travel?
By making the central themes of the film be about duty, destiny, and decision. That's how.
And it is done masterfully here. In my opinion this film is a perfect example of how to make sci fi in today's market. Keep it fast with some good hollywood action. Bring in some top stars for the lead. Hook the audience with a great…
Even though I really adore the premise, I just didn't love it. Instead I really liked it, especially how it prefers themes and characters over making it an Inception style think-puzzle. It's a movie that isn't preoccupied with making everything fit. that said, the movie just has too many lapses in logic to really work and even though I didn't have a problem with the and-now-for-something-completely-different third act, it felt too much like two completely different movies randomly grafted onto each other. Still, there is just so much to enjoy and Ryan Johnson is too talented a filmmaker to make this a total failure. And that central metaphor is just unbeatable.