A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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.
I never get tired of the way this stacks smaller stories on top of each other to form its larger self, even while it maintains the strictest narrative and formal economy.
Look at that cast Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt and not only is the cast great it is an original story and a good one at that.
A science fiction time travel movie that is not only fun but feels, without digging too deep, right. It is gritty but keeps an optimism that keeps it fun and interesting.
I'm really happy I checked Looper out and was genuinely surprised about how good it is.
Let’s say someone wants to make the best movie revolving around time travels:You wanna take one half of 12 Monkeys, a dash of Terminator, and a pinch of Face/Off. Combine all of the together to making the most original Sci-Fi movie in recent years that of Looper.
The story about the idea of time travel having not been invented yet but in the future the mob send criminals back in time to be assassinated but the person to be killed is yourself sounds crazy but it fully works. Besides the incredible plot, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis gave stellar performances playing the same character as a young and older versions of themselves with a conversation that’s so much like the…
Before watching Looper, I kept wondering when and how Rian Johnson would deal with the timeline/time-travel mumbo jumbo and how he was going to use it to move the film forward. What I loved about Looper was that Rian hit these cliche'd traps head on and blew right past them, he only explains what you need to know and then he gets that crap right outta the way so we can focus on this film's strengths: thrilling action, great performances and a highly inventive and creative plot that uses time-travel as a catalyst and not a crutch.
The premise is interesting, and the movie is entertaining most of the way through. But everything feels half-hearted, even lazy.
Joseph-Gorden Levitt (JGL) and Bruce Willis, his future self, barely interact. Not exploring the relationship between the two is a blown opportunity.
Also the movie does not hesitate to sacrifice character or logic to plot. Willis can wipe out entire compounds full of hired killers when the plot requires it. But he can't kill a 10 year old in an open field from 30 yards a way when he needs to?
And Emily Blunt is styled as a mother who'd do anything to protect her son. But once she finds out Bruce Willis is coming with the overt intent to…
bruce willis doesn't nail it in for once.
overall concept is great.
A decent action movie that doesn't make sense, but that's only if you think about it. Best acting in this comes from Emily Blunt.
Interesting concept with great ideas. However, neither the story nor the characters feel fleshed out or completely thought through, leading to unanswered questions and an overall indifferent experience.
I was really pumped for this one, but I'm not even sure I can give it a proper review until I see it again. It's creative to be sure, features a great cast and some cool visuals, but Looper is not at all the movie I was expecting. I left the theater with more questions than answers, and I don't feally think I'm feeling the ending for this one.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
WOW I don't think I seen a time traveling film like this before very original. This has everything I love action and time travel it does have some drama but it's not that kinda of drama were I roll my eyes at.
I didn't know what to expect from this movie upon reading about it I thought Gordon and Willis were going to team up and take out some criminals or it was gonna be Gordon vs Willis trying to kill each other. I was right on one of them. This film reminds me of The Terminator a little bit but the story is completely original.
Taking place in 2044 Joseph Gordon Levitt plays Joe a Looper (hit-man) who is…