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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.
Looper starts with some really interesting ideas and execution and ends with a bang, but in between I found it to be too muddled, disjointed and worst of all, cold. I had a similar disconnected experience with Johnson's also critically adored début Brick, so perhaps his style is just not for me.
I liked a lot about this film- the general premise, the freaky kid, Emily Blunt's spirited performance. But the long-winded story telling, and clunky sci-fi elements (why are those pistols so big!?) didn't quite do it for me.
Time travel, and you got a winner. Bruce is Bruce.
if you can get past jgl's bruce willis prosthetics then you've got yourself a killer movie
Too long and not that interesting. I did appreciate the lack of dull, detailed exposition about how time travel works though.
With Looper, as with any science fiction film involving time travel, the filmmaker’s version of time travel is simply accepted. Since time travel itself is implausible, as long as the filmmaker, in this case Rian Johnson, doesn’t contradict his logic, the audience can accept this extraordinary circumstance. So I won’t discuss the logistics of Johnson’s time travel. It seems this is the way he would want it. A scene in a diner where a curious Joe begins asking the Old Joe questions anyone in his situation would have, Old Joe dismisses them. He tells Joe, and blatantly the audience, that he’s not interested in discussing time travel. Whether or not Johnson’s view of time travel is plausible isn’t what detracts…
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.")
- 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.