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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.
The third act does not really do it for me, but the beginning and middle are so much fun and the world is so engaging and interesting it does not effect the film that much.
The year of come-at-you-sideways time travel flicks (also see Safety Not Guaranteed and The Sound of My Voice - which would absolutely have made this list... but just wasn't crimey enough... great flick though, check it out) has a champ here. Straightforward enough for a first-time viewing, generously layered and nuanced for repeat pleasures. In the same blog post that I'm praising Headhunters for going places that big US films won't/can't I give you A-number-one box office star and action movie icon of steely righteousness Bruce Willis murdering children. Holy mother of fuck, I believe I now have an emotional point of reference to appreciate what early viewers of Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time in the West felt when…
Didn't really warm to this. I've seen it twice now and both times it underwhelmed. The premise is fine; in the future murder is impossible to get away with so when people need to be killed they're sent back in time to be killed in the past before they ever existed.
Time-travel. It's the best. There are plot holes galore and they know this. Bruce Willis states in the film that he doesn't want to talk about time-travel and that's exactly the reason why.
It's an ok movie, it has a lot of pluses but it's pretty predictable and the acting is what you'd expect, except for JGL who does a great job as a young Willis.This was a film that was all the rage when it came out, it was all I could hear about but ever since then nobody really talks about it...think that's really the definitive proof that it doesn't have lasting impact.
Slick and stylish, Looper's concept is one of the best since Inception. The narrative however takes some strange turns that only serve to reduce the emotional impact of what should have been an electrifying finale. Not quite as deep nor as powerful as it could have been.
Episode 8 is gonna be sick
Possibly the worst garbage I've ever seen.
Smart sci-fi story that's not too complex with lots of great action and special effects.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This is one I've had on my to watch list for a while. I saw the trailer for it back when it was released and took an interest. Some 3 years after its cinema showing, I've finally gotten around to picking up a copy on DVD.
Its pretty much when all is said and done, a run of the mill action film. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a Looper, assassins who kill people sent back in time by the criminal underworld. The idea being that if they are killed in a time when they don't technically exist yet, their bodies can be easily exposed of and no one will be looking for them.
The hitch is that in order to close loose…
- 21 Grams
- Johnny Got His Gun
- The Ugly Swans
- 964 Pinocchio
- Aachi and Ssipak
- A.D. Police File 1: The Phantom Woman
- A.I. Artificial Intelligence
- 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.