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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.
It's alright, but definitely not a memorable film.
Logical incongruence is just a fact of life with stories that utilize time travel. If that aspect were clearer, this would be an easy 5-star film. But this is still so well done in every other facet I can't complain too much. I could see this becoming viewed as a classic on par with Blade Runner.
(2014 Jacob says: "I doubt that--Blade Runner is a classic."
2012 Jacob says, "Yeah, well, it's been 2 years since you've seen the movie. What do you know?"
2014 Jacob: "Enough that this isn't Blade Runner. Damn it, now I want to watch Blade Runner."
2012 Jacob: "Go watch your damned movie, then, fool.")
This was a surprising movie for me. Much better than i expected.
Candidate for best-edited US film of the year; a story told in cuts and pacing. Ridden with symbolic dark pits/holes. Surprisingly moving. It gets a little silly toward the end, a quality it was previously able to stave off with well-placed jokes and subtle inflections of humor.
It should be noted, the film's gruesome, extreme displays of violence and bloodiness are troubling and worrisomely unjustified. That they occur so frequently and yet go unsubstantiated is what primarily holds the film back from fully earning my admiration, failing to create anything of a moral order, less immoral as lacking any moral considerations at all (as is provokingly discussed in Slate's estimable Culture Gabfest's review by Dana Stevens, who,…
A below-par action-thriller that tries too hard to be edgy and relies too much on the final twist to be profound. I found the performances quite wooden, Bruce Willis always is and what to do if a talent like Gordon-Levitt bases his performance on the former ? Bad news Brown for all fans of acting. The story is quite neat, but never really blooms up to its full potential of fighting oneself. Instead of making the two egos gues each other's moves etc., the film opts to constantly change memories too accomodate for the parellel storylines that unfold. While more effective on a technical level, it takes away the focus from the characters in the true sense of the word.…
Interesting concept I guess but pretty average film all round really. Some good bits but not really a recommended watch.
Time travel is a tricky proposition, both in reality as well as cinematically. Whilst quantum physicists continue to scratch their heads attempting to utilise the energy of a solar system to open a wormhole back to the dinosaurs, cinema has been travelling backwards and forwards in time for decades. From secret doorways, to DeLoreans and even hot tubs, it seems in films pretty much anything can be used as a time machine. The actual travelling through time is the easy bit; it's the (potentially catastrophic) ramifications of time travel that seems to make film makers' heads spin.
Technically, time travel is purely theoretical, so there are no hard and fast rules as to its methods of travel and consequences. But…
- 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.