Looper

Looper

(2012)

Hunted by your future. Haunted by your past.

Judged by the Flicks critics as the #1 film of 2012, this mind-bending sci-fi actioner follows a hitman (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), hired to assassinate victims sent back in time from the future - including an older version of himself (Bruce Willis). From Rian Johnson (director of Brick, The Brothers Bloom and TV's Breaking Bad). ... More

In the near future the world has been introduced to time-travel, but it's deemed illegal and forced to operate through the black market. Joe (Gordon-Levitt) is a 'looper', a gun-for-hire whose targets are sent to him from the future. However, his lucrative career choice is put under question when he recognises a new hit as his future self, 30 years from now.Hide

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Flicks Review

It comes as a relief that Rian Johnson’s time travel crime-noir Looper attempts to minimise the convoluted mechanics of time travel where it can. The film’s conceptually meaty premise - hitmen called “loopers” knocking off targets sent from the future - only offers a one-way street, while it also takes a moment to sit its protagonists down to have a tongue-in-cheek exchange about not scrutinising too intensely how it all works (“We'll only end up drawing diagrams on the table with straws”).... More

The first half of the film zips along like the dream movie Johnson was born to make, jammed with clever ideas and dynamic direction. From the room-silencing blunderbuss bang of the first execution, Looper’s pleasures are plenty: an economically imagined near-future with elements of extreme class divide, genetic mutation and hovering transportation; the surprisingly gruesome consequence of a looper failing to “close the loop”; the delightfully tense confrontation between Gordon-Levitt’s junkie looper Joe and his older self played by Willis.

Gears shift in the second portion considerably, slackening the kinetic thrills and stranding Young Joe out in a cornfield with Emily Blunt and her weirdo son. It’s tricky to discuss without ruining crucial plot developments, but a search for a master criminal is involved, and if Johnson doesn’t quite have the means to pull off a completely emotional ending, he deserves kudos for taking things into a slightly risky, left-field path that’s all too rare in movies these days.

Gordon-Levitt’s make-up is unnecessarily elaborate, but he does good Willis - maybe even better than Willis himself, whose range seems to have shrunken, if possible, so much over the years that I literally have to turn my head away whenever he emotes.Hide


The Peoples' Reviews

Average ratings from 21 ratings, 23 reviews
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BY TUBBS superstar

Its rare to see a science fiction film that sooner or later doesn't degenerate into another "actioner". This film has a great premise but too much of the film is spent on routine action sequences not worthy of science fiction.


BY DnA superstar

I think this movie had the potential to be a 5 star. It was let down by the need to have a lead that looked like Willis and really wasn't able to carry the film. That and holes in the story. And lastly dropping off into an ending that felt incomplete and a sort of gee we've been running this for a bit now we need to end.

The idea for the movie is interesting and worth another shot. Hopefully in time there will be a remake that does what the first failed to achieve.

This is not a 4 start... More movie.Hide


BY Sarah29 superstar

I thoroughly enjoyed Looper and can't wait to see it again. The story was original and superbly acted and I found myself getting far too invested and opinionated as to what the outcome should be. The only gripe I had was that I wasn't sure who side I was meant to be on, it was hard to distinguish who the "goodies" and the "baddies" where, but I suppose that is the point! The movie definitely keeps you thinking long after you leave the theatre and by my standards that is a good sign that you... More have been thoroughly entertained!Hide


BY GrahamP superstar

What a great idea for a story.Time travel,where you can send oneself from the future to the past.That's where it gets complicated.So many things can change the future.It is well made.The story is told a little at a time so that a bigger picture is formed as the movie progresses.It is not a classic but is different and gives the viewer something to think about long after the movie has finished.


BY Deb superstar

I could easily sit through it again. Maybe it would end differently? Like 12 Monkeys there is a lot to get your head around - just enough complexification to keep you thinking. Lots of action and no way of determining where the story is going to go - you just have to enjoy it.


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The Press Reviews

93% of critics recommend.
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  • Weaves between past and present in a way that gives Johnson and his actors opportunities to create a surprisingly involving narrative. Full Review

  • Intelligent science-fiction sometimes seems an endangered species - too much physics and there's a risk of creating something cold and remote, too many explosions and get lost in the multiplex. 'Looper' isn't perfect, but it pulls off the full 'Wizard Of Oz': it has a brain, courage and a heart. Full Review

  • Once you commit to the lexicon – to the blunderbusses, the silver, the loops that close and the loops let run – you're in for a breathless ride. It's been a patchy summer for sci-fi, absent of anything that really sticks in the mind. Johnson's deep, distinctive film plays on repeat. Full Review

  • Their physical disparity notwithstanding, Gordon-Levitt and Willis both come across strongly, while Blunt effectively reveals Sara's tough and vulnerable sides. Full Review

  • The best sci-fi movie since "Moon." The best time-travel yarn since "12 Monkeys." And one of the best films of 2012. You'll immediately want to see it again. Full Review

  • In a genre infamous for loose ends, this thinking man's thriller marshals action, romance and a dose of very dark comedy toward a stunning payoff. Full Review

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