Utterly riveting, and impressive in that it does not betray its core concept in the slightest. The entire film (sans opening and credits) is carried by Ryan Reynolds, in a box, buried in the desert.
It's certainly a unique film, and it's probably this uniqueness that kept people away from the cinema in droves when it was released. This is a shame, as it really is worth watching (although perhaps not if you are claustrophobic...)
One of my favourite aspects…
I always find a good time travel film to be interesting to watch, and Looper definitely doesn't disappoint in that respect. It has a clever, and relatively original, central time travel conceit (the future Mob sending their hits back in time 30 years to be killed by Loopers). This is expanded upon in a more generic "cause and effect" storyline once Emily Blunt's character and her son are introduced in the second half, but the script and the actors are good enough that it stays interesting until the credits roll.
Also, Joseph Gordon Levitt does a hell of a Bruce Willis impersonation.
Rewatched on Blu-ray. The film definitely still packs a hell of a punch. Certain elements have dated, but overall it holds up even now. The special effects, which were state of the art at the time, are still impressive in their own way. Basically, this is one of the greatest action movies of all time and I'll always love it.
An utterly beautiful film. Visually, thematically and musically it is a joy to behold. The performances are heartbreaking and real. Jackman in particular is a revelation.
This is a very divisive film. In fact, look on most film review websites and you'll see positive and negative reviews are split almost right down the middle.
I can definitely see why people wouldn't like the movie. It's pretentious, confusing, and the basic story might be seen to be emotionally manipulative. On the…