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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.
A very fresh and interesting movie. An interesting and direct take on time travel.
Looper is a Science Fiction gem. Writer/Director Rian Jonson's personal passion project possesses one of the rarest traits in today's film industry, originality (apologies for all the p's). I really liked Looper a lot when I first saw it in the theater, and I loved it the second time at home. I loved it because it drew me in. Not only the story itself, or the plethora of rich characters, but also the dark dystopian future world that Johnson created. I totally bought into everything I saw, and it made the story feel more personal to me.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of my favorite young actors working. He brings a charisma, and a maturity to the screen every time. He's…
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is fucking amazing. If I didn't know his older self was going to be Bruce Willis, I would be like, "Why is Joseph Gordon-Levitt trying to do an impression of Bruce Willis. He spent time staring at Bruce Wiliis' lips and cheeks, and eye-squintiness. I wonder if Bruce Willis will be acting as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, to make neither of them seem like the other, but both seem like some third middle amalgamated individual. The make the gap A LOT smaller.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt doesn't look like himself.
This is good.
This has all my attention. I was carrying on a conversation, and sorting some movie titles, and both have trailed off completely because this movie has ALL of my attention.
Not quite as strong on rewatch.
First viewing, I was irked by Bruce Willis's lack of meaningful activity following JGL's arrival at the farmhouse, and that only stood out more this time around. He simply has nothing to do. Find two kids that we the audience know (even on first viewing) are not The Rainmaker? Not very enthralling.
I also think that Rian Johnson dropped the ball in a few areas where he could have milked some more meaning and emotion out of certain moments. The tree stump, for example, is hacked away at, but the action is never attributed to anything in particular. I assume it's her self-inflicted punishment for abandoning her child, but it's not tied with those…
This is one of those films that's definitely a different experience on second viewing than it is on first--in large part because the story doesn't go where you expect it to at first. For some that's a strength, for me it was a little bit of a weakness. I loved the journey here, but the climax and resolution felt hollow to me, as I never really bought into the idea a certain character would do a certain thing that they did, leading to an ending that's more an attempt at a conversation starter than any sort of strong statement.
Not to rag on the film of course, because I still really like watching it, and of course a conversation starter…
This has become one of my favorite sci-fi films of recent times. It is great to look, at cohesive, and manages to keep you guessing all the way up to the fantastic ending. Perfect role for Bruce Willis. Very cool, gives me hope for the future if Rian Johnson is to direct Star Wars Ep. VIII.
One of the best action movies I've seen lately... Great concept - perfect balance in storyline - great acting... great movie!
Arguably the most celebrated release from genre crackerjacks Film District (rest in peace), "Looper" is a thoroughly entertaining, if derivative complex future-noir with a fully committed performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a restrained but focused Bruce Willis, and some truly stylish photography & choreography. Emily Blunt and newcomer Pierce Gagnon should also be recognized for the equally stellar work here. The movie's slow pace and arthouse action aesthetics recall another Film District title, Drive, but separates itself by having less glamour and more depth. The characters in this film are very well-drawn and we clearly get to see how they all connect in this emotionally charged saga. Kudos to director/writer Rian Johnson for being more realistic in his approach, even though it can be hard to watch in the second half. Let's wish him good luck with the Star Wars revivals.
I saw this when it was first released in cinema, and i didn't like it. NOt because it was a bad film, because of all the plotholes i found.
For the second viewing I decided to look past the GIANT plotholes, and i can't. I do like the film a lot more this time. The plotholes are still thtere, but I decided to not judge them as harshly. Even though the film makes no sense. It is a great film if you can look past the plotholes.
- 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.