AV Club's 100 best films of the decade thus far.
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.
Concept: Really cool!
I did like the little kid. The actor was great, albeit his character was really creepy.
I also saw a big resemblance to The Terminator:
Young Joe is like Kyle Reece, protecting a wife and child. Old Joe is a lot like the Terminator, their goal is to kill a boy to change the future, yet he is also like Reece, as he went back in time to save the woman he loves. Much like Reece and Sarah suddenly decide to have sex in the middle of the film, Joe and... Sara do the same. The evil future takes place about thirty years from the films present, (Judgement Day= 1997, Kyle Reece is sent back from 2029 while Looper's two times are about 2030 and 2060) and while it might not be machines ruling over humans in the future, a systematic gang lead by a super-intelligent psychic are in power.
This was on my watchlist because I saw it when it first came out in 2012, placing me at an age where the only thing I left the theater with was despair over green-eyed JGL dying, and I knew there had to be more depth than my freshman self scraped up.
'Looper' might be the first original concept for a time travel film in the 21st century. The plot is action-packed (I mean duh...Bruce Willis is in it), but still has some good thematic flesh as well. Aside from the corny flying motorcycle things and giant guns (seriously can someone please elaborate on the size of these guns? Why are they so big?), stunning performances from JGL, Bruce, Emily Blunt, and that child actor made the movie boost from good to great.
I'm glad I went back and watched it again; it's definitely among my favorites now.
I understand the need for JGL's facial alteration, but holy shit it was distracting.
Very late to the party with this one. After all the hype and the praise and the expectation, we finally got around to giving this a spin. Luckily, we knew next-to-nothing about it other than Bruce Willis played an older version of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt was the female lead. As a die-hard Willis fan (sorry), and sucker for decent time-travel tales, I settled in for an enjoyable slice of intelligent sci-fi.
And it was enjoyable. Mostly. But it was far from intelligent. The opening thirty minutes or so (until the diner scene) were very engaging, but after that, interest began to wane, inconsistencies and plot-holes started to increase and the whole thing ended up a well-constructed, occasionally thrilling…
A rare yet interesting thriller that fittingly goes through loops to mess with our heads and employ religious subtext. On the surface, it's a well-made exploration of time travel. It zips by like a fierce comet of perspective with a firm grasp on its concept maintained throughout.
Film 219 of my 2015 500 Film Challenge.
I love this film more and more every time I watch it. It features something that no other film maker apart from Rian Johnson has managed to do in about 10 years: A good performance from Bruce Willis. This either means one or two things, possibly both. Either Bruce Willis was so taken by the excellent script that he actually bothered to put in a good performance or Rian Johnson is such a good director that he managed to get Willis to act.
Bruce Willis aside, Looper is an incredible piece of sci-fi action. It has heart, it's amazingly paced and the script is fantastic. Plus old-school blood squibs for characters deaths.…
From the opening scene, all the way to the end, I'm on board with Looper. When I saw it back at the cinema, I loved it. Watching it now, I still do.
What I love most about it is that it wasn't what we expected it to be. I'm sick of seeing the same old movie, over and over again. It happens in all genres. The same template, that works for the masses. Looper wasn't that to me. When I see something like this, that's fresh, I tend to love it.
Perhaps the only thing that doesn't sit well with me was the obvious one that most people were talking about. The fact that Joseph Gordon-Levitt doesn't look anything like Bruce Willis and vice-versa. Even after the hours of make-up.
Time travel is a beast to take on. There's so many logistical and theoretical questions you encounter that it can distract a viewer from actually enjoying the film. Looper falls into the middle of giving a few answer but trying not to bog itself down with over explanation. Instead focuses on balancing the style of quiet sci-fi and futuristic action thriller to make one of the more original science fiction made in the last decade.
Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a contract killer for the mob who systematically kills people sent from the future. His life is turned upside when he is told to kill his future self (Bruce Willis) who has a mission of his own. Gangsters, telekinesis and Jeff…
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