In the year 2074, crime syndicates are using time travel to send their targets into the past, where they are taken out by hired gun, a ‘looper’. One day Joe encounters his future self who has been assigned to kill him.
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Many good things here. Good cinematography. Good performances. Good story telling. Good sci-fi scenario, in a surprising atmosphere, with film-noir aspects. Above all, the story does not collapse, like in so many cases, for the movie to go into an action frenzy in the last two thirds of the screening. It holds. There is such a thing as good recent sci-fi features made by Hollywood. Keep them coming, please!
This kind of plot has been coming and going since, what, Le Jetée? But it's two steps ahead of Twelve Monkeys and fours steps ahead of the normal blockbuster action flick that wants to go dystopic. I enjoyed it a lot. It's smart, and it feels fresh. The rythm is just right. But damn if Gordon-Levitt doesn't look scary "disguised" as young Bruce Willis.
Looper is a Mexican standoff between Blade Runner, The Terminator and Akira. The 30-year montage was amazing as was the overall design of the future. A great but not perfect movie, giving me a renewed hope for the future of movies.
It's rare for a piece of smartly written and conceived piece of sci-fi like this to come along, but Rian Johnson's LOOPER is an engaging and original piece of genre filmmaking. Joseph Gordon Levitt stars as an assassin tasked with killing his future self (Bruce Willis). A complex and mind bending tale of time travel that raises fascinating moral questions with a surprising emotional core. Top notch work.
There's tasty seeds and pulp but a) the film keeps reminding you how small-scale it is, especially when laid beside intermittently included futuristic visuals b) it's time travel logic is similarly minor, something that, by the film's own admission is too complicated to get into, even though it's using it for its various conceits. A mere patina of a better film, or rather, Rian's future efforts.
I think it would have been better with Levitt in age makeup, nothing against Bruce Willis, it was just distracting at times since they do not look much alike. But that's just a small complaint. Really liked this one.
Amazing, I loved every minute of it. Rian Johnson has already made two of my favourite movies now all three of his are my favourites. Stunning cinematography. I can't explain it. It kinda overwhelms you. It's so vibrant and crisp. Certainly it does take a minute or three to work your mind around the time travel element as I have to do with most time travel joints but once it becomes clear it works so so well.
Goddamn, I love the genre yarns that Rian Johnson thinks up! Much like Brick (and brother's bloom to a lesser extent), we are presented with a fully functional world that feels so real and doesn't cop out at the end! I was hooked right from the first scene to the last. It never lets go. I look forward to seeing the rest of the reception of this movie because 2012 is becoming a domineering year for movies!