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3,887 Ratings


Directed by Rian Johnson
United States, China, 2012
Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller


In the year 2074, crime syndicates are using time travel to send their targets into the past, where they are taken out by a hired gun, a ‘looper’. One day Joe encounters his future self who has been assigned to kill him.

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Looper Directed by Rian Johnson

Awards & Festivals

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2012 | Nominee: Best Screenplay

National Board of Review

2012 | 2 wins including: Best Original Screenplay

Writers Guild of America

2013 | Nominee: Best Original Screenplay

Bending genre plasticity is Rian Johnson’s strength, as is reinterpreting referential fragments into something subtle yet riveting. Slyly quoting various practitioners of sci-fi, whether outlandish—Cameron, Gilliam, Otomo—or minimal—Carruth, Godard—Looper is an intelligent, increasingly rare crowd pleaser.
May 03, 2017
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Looper is really a parable of self-absorption, a story of a man looking himself in the eyes and coming to the startling realization that he’s allowed himself to become a monster. Johnson’s deft script initially splits your sympathies, as it’s difficult, at first, to tell which Joe is more emotionally centered.
January 23, 2013
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Perhaps it was the combination of Bruce Willis and a sci-fi-action premise, with the connotative power of Joseph Gordon Levitt and Brick injecting a dose of indie-noir, self-aware sentiment that offset me from the beginning. Additionally, I was forever trying to critique Gordon Levitt’s fun portrayal of an action icon: what parts of his reconstructed Willis-esque face were make up and what parts CGI? And how much of the embodiment was Gordon Levitt’s physical mimicry and performance prowess?
November 01, 2012
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