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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.
Good film. Well shot and well acted.
The spiritual successor of "12 Monkeys".
The movie kicked off really strong. It was so strong that I actually paused the movie and looked if the screenplay was nominated for an Oscar or at least a Golden Globe.
An amazing "cat and mouse" chase throughout the first half, mixed with time travelling concept, butterfly effect and JGL imitating Bruce Willies (!!!!) What a rollercoaster.
The cat stopped chasing the mouse. And the mouse stayed in a farm to look after a kid. The cat started chasing something else and acting weird. and that's when the movie dropped from being amazing to being watchable and entertaining.
This movie could've been the next "Donnie Darko", but ended up being something else.
Sci-Fi/western/noir never bogged down in dogma. Plot reveals never feel contrived even in the last 5 min. Blunt is near-perfect and grounds the film into never feeling too fleeting.
I see why people would really like this film. Bruce Willis is killing kids to secure his happiness in the future. I saw the twist of the little kid being the rainmaker way before it was revealed but the way he was shown to become the rainmaker,towards the end in that vision thing, was really cool. Call me crazy but I thought that kid was the best actor in this movie. Everyone else gave an alright performance but that kid really stood out.
Looper is a standard movie, I could see why you would make more of it, but it doesn't stretch that far for me.
Time travel hasn't been invented yet, but in thirty years, it will have been.
Looper is hands down one of the best time travel movies out there, but it is also so much more than that. The casting is superb and the world that Rian Johnson has created is extremely fascinating.
Loopers are hitmen that get sent their targets through time travel. A body appears from the future, they kill it and take money in the form of silver and gold bricks attached to the body. But sometimes a Looper is sent their future self. That's called closing the loop. When Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is sent himself of the future (Bruce Willis) he has to decide between saving his future or facing the consequences. Great performances by everyone and painstaking attention to detail, Looper is quite simply amazing.
The time-travel genre (or sub-genre) might be my favourite film genre of them all. And when it comes to the time-travel genre, few films are fit to even wipe the ass of BTTF. Perhaps NO films. Looper however is at least worthy enough to stand alongside holding the toilet paper. It's pretty damn good. For all the hoo-hah reviews about how original and revolutionary it is within the genre however, it really isn't.
The time travel logic and mechanics are very much the same as in the majority of time travel pics, including BTTF: it's possible to rewrite your destiny, nothing is written, changing something in the past will reflect in the future, yada, yada. Despite the grim vibe of…
This movie blew my mind because of the ending. The kid was so cute, which was probably why his powers became even scarier to the audience. That ending, though. Wow, it really freaked me out, but I loved it.
I’ve seen “Looper” being described as the “Citizen Kane of time travel movies” in a number of reviews, but sadly this is not the case. In fact it could be argued that the time travel element of the story is simply a MacGuffin for what is a fairly generic science fiction / action movie. Far from being a detailed time travel movie, “Looper” is more of an against the clock hunt story in the style of "The Terminator" than anything else. In 2074 time travel is invented and is immediately criminalised. The only users of the technology are organised crime gangs who send victims back to 2044 for execution by killers known as “loopers”. When the crime bosses of 2074…
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