Looper

Looper

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Looper

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). 

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.

2012Rating: R16, contains violence & offensive language118 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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.

5.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Weaves between past and present in a way that gives Johnson and his actors opportunities to create a surprisingly involving narrative.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

5.0
0

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.

3.0
0

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...

3.0
0

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...

4.0
0

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...

4.0
0

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.

5.0
0

Bruce Willis is no stranger to time travel. He was perfect in the Terry Gilliam re-imagining of Chris Marker's 12 Monkeys, both films excellent forays into the mind-bending possibilities of time travel. I've seen several good time travel films in recent years - "Timecrimes", the macabre Spanish offering from 2004 springs to mind and this year's...

4.0
0

I'm not too sure what I initially expected from this film - a thriller, some time travelling, some action... but wow, did these expectations get challenged! And it was brilliant! First of all, I love the concept of the Loopers, it's so original and fascinating. I was worried that the whole time travelling paradoxes and 'rules' would be an issue, but this...

5.0
0

Two words: Loved it. Great effects, beautiful cinematography, makes you think (but not too hard to lose yourself), good action scenes. Great perspective of future - new ways of taking drugs, vehicles, weapons and a greater division between the rich and poor. If you love the movies in the headline you MUST see the movie. Joseph Gordon-Levitt actually kicks...

5.0
0

Sci-fi done well is brilliant but don't waste your money - this isn't. It's a great premise - really original take on time travel but killed by the storyline. Spoiler Alert. This is not about the looper this is actually a film about a mutant kid. Trouble is it builds up the looper story in the first half and that's where the action should have stayed -...

0

Stylish and masterful acting. Not only just an intelligent but emotional intelligent written script too. Great to see an ending that's not the typical American happy, happy, pancake, pancake wishy- washy but includes a true social message: Plant seeds of hate and that's what you will harvest.

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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.

5.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Weaves between past and present in a way that gives Johnson and his actors opportunities to create a surprisingly involving narrative.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

5.0
0

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.

3.0
0

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...

3.0
0

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...

4.0
0

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...

4.0
0

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.

5.0
0

Bruce Willis is no stranger to time travel. He was perfect in the Terry Gilliam re-imagining of Chris Marker's 12 Monkeys, both films excellent forays into the mind-bending possibilities of time travel. I've seen several good time travel films in recent years - "Timecrimes", the macabre Spanish offering from 2004 springs to mind and this year's...

4.0
0

I'm not too sure what I initially expected from this film - a thriller, some time travelling, some action... but wow, did these expectations get challenged! And it was brilliant! First of all, I love the concept of the Loopers, it's so original and fascinating. I was worried that the whole time travelling paradoxes and 'rules' would be an issue, but this...

5.0
0

Two words: Loved it. Great effects, beautiful cinematography, makes you think (but not too hard to lose yourself), good action scenes. Great perspective of future - new ways of taking drugs, vehicles, weapons and a greater division between the rich and poor. If you love the movies in the headline you MUST see the movie. Joseph Gordon-Levitt actually kicks...

5.0
0

Sci-fi done well is brilliant but don't waste your money - this isn't. It's a great premise - really original take on time travel but killed by the storyline. Spoiler Alert. This is not about the looper this is actually a film about a mutant kid. Trouble is it builds up the looper story in the first half and that's where the action should have stayed...

0

Stylish and masterful acting. Not only just an intelligent but emotional intelligent written script too. Great to see an ending that's not the typical American happy, happy, pancake, pancake wishy- washy but includes a true social message: Plant seeds of hate and that's what you will harvest.

5.0
0