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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.
This was not at all the critically acclaimed sci-fi film of the year I had interpreted from online media in recent weeks. It has a kick-ass premise, and a creepy, engaging first act, then craps itself somewhere between the second and third act in a mess of confusion between wanting to be TERMINATOR and X-MEN at the same time.
The film isn't a total travesty, but more a disappointing effort when you think of what might have been had the writer/director not tried to accomplish so much in a B-movie. Nevertheless, it seems to be something of an instant cult classic, and I guess it does enough that’s new to warrant this status. Levitt was good, the makeup on his…
Do the time travel mechanics make a lot of sense? No. Do I still absolutely love this film? You're damn right. This film is just plain coolness personified, and the whole father-son-mother-son-destiny dynamic works better with each watch.
Pretty good flick
Good film. Some scenes were awesome. Was a little confusing.
I've said it once and I'll say it again, I love time travel movies. Really, the only time travel film that I've seen which I thought was an absolute abomination was the 2002 "Time Machine" film. Oh man, what a stinker. Like, literally, roadkill in the hot sun level stinker.
With "Looper," we have yet another excellent Bruce Willis time travel movie. I don't know what it is about Mr. Willis, maybe it's his utter commitment to the roles he plays, or maybe it's just his look, but he can convince me of pretty much anything. If he told me something was on my shirt, I'd look down for sure.
Speaking of Willis, it took me until the hidden cellar…
This film is right up my street but whilst playing with time-travel and slick cinematography, it also fucks about with (or completely ignores) paradoxes and delivers a predictable ending (for me).
Smart, SMART sci-fi movie with a promotional blurb that actually does not do justice to the story that follows. Best not to explain plot points to avoid spoilers, in any case. Looper makes you realize how dependent on formulas one becomes within genres such as sci-fi, as there really hasn't been a time travel movie quiet like this before, so when viewing it it's hard to predict where the ingenious plot will take you. A surprising,and very pleasing turn towards originality coming from Hollywood here. Joseph Gordon-Levitt does an impressive imitation of Bruce Willis (they both play the same character), and the futuristic world of 2044, in which the film is set, is presented in a believable, low key manner. Those looking for an action fest, the film is talky but well written, and action scenes are shorter than the norm, and to the point. A good case of essence taking over style.
- 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.