A good science fiction film, Looper benefits from its tight script and fine performances from both Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis, despite some fatal flaws in its logic of time travel and overly disturbing themes.
Looper was brilliant and so dark that you can feel it in your eyes,
In A Good Way to say that this movie deserves such a high rating.
Diese gewitzte Geschichte ist gut gelungen. Obwohl ich persönlich sehr heikel bin, was Zeitreisen anbelangt. Auch hier hat es logische Missverständnisse. Denn was man in der Vergangenheit tut, kann die Zukunft beeinträchtigen. Aber hier ist es offenbar nicht der Fall.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt mimt den jungen Auftragskiller Joe, der plötzlich sein älteres Ich, Bruce Willis, jagen muss. Und sie sehen sich schon verdammt ähnlich. Gordon-Levitt musste sogar eine kleine Maske tragen, dass er ein bisschen wie Willis aussieht. Aber das sieht dann auch ein wieder Strange aus.
Der Film ist gut gemacht und hat auch sehr gute Effekte. Die erste Hälfte finde ich auch spannender und gewiefter. Ab der zweiten Hälfte wird es zu Phantasiereich. Man könnte meinen, dieser Film hätte sich in einem X-Men Film verirrt. Was ich eigentlich wieder schade finde.
Fazit: Eine coole und rasante Geschichte. Leider hat es viele Logiklöcher und die zweite Hälfte passt irgendwie nicht mehr zur Geschichte!
2012: The concept of time travel while exploring themes like regret and redemption makes this an amazing film. The movie is straightforward and easy to understand but it also leaves you thinking about how each individual decision can affect another. Great film! (5/5)
A thoughtful and visually-inventive young filmmaker, Johnson sticks to his roots in the 'what if' scenario taking care to neatly blur the lines and expose his own love-hate unique brand of sordid reality. Left wanting more, film raises confronting issues and existential conundrums alike about mortality, responsibility, loyalty, love, faith, parenthood, and redemption with each character forced to dire lengths in the name of survival.
In the year 2074, not only does time travel exists but is illegal and only available for use on the black market as a body disposal system.
Working for the Mafia in 2044, 25-year-old retro-hipster Joe Simmons (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is getting rich quick and living the high life as a 'Looper'. When the future mob wants to dispose of a target, they send them bound, gagged and hooded back 30 years to an empty field where hired-gun Joe dutifully awaits with his blunderbuss gun to carry out the required perfect assassination; no body, no evidence, no crime.
But when a new overlord known only as the Rainmaker becomes the prevailing authority deciding to 'close the loop', Joe's future self (Bruce Wills) is zapped through the portal without any restraints. Hesitating over his own face for just a moment, young Joe inadvertently allows his counterpart to escape.
The sentinel-from-the-future Abe (Jeff Daniels) who controls activities in 2044 has little tolerance for escape attempts and treason, sending his hired-gun Gat Men to dispose of them both. Fighting to save his life, young Joe hunts his older self in hopes of restoring order and returning to his original plan of retirement in France, but on a mission of his own to stop the rainmaker, old Joe with 30 years extra experience is not an easy target, and if they actually catch up to each other, could they really kill themselves?
Finding refuge on an isolated farm that is one of older Joe's targets, Joe meets feisty single mom Sara (Emily Blunt) and her unusually gifted (even for the time) son, Cid (Pierce Gagnon). Does Cid hold the key to the future, Can either Joe get the morally right job done?
Morphed with subtle facial moulding and an impeccably augmented diction, matching his counterparts' mannerisms and sly smile proving the devil really is in the detail, Gordon-Levitt is artful in his performance, credible even as a killer. Willis finally seems to connect with his character conveying Old Joe's moral quandaries and engaging with texture rather with his fists.
Blunt adapts well to being an American heroine and has a palpable chemistry with Gordon-Levitt, the greying Daniels is outstanding as the garrulous time-transposed head gang honcho, Paul Dano's panicked cameo aptly sets up the premise. With a promising career lying in wait, this is merely the beginning for the young and exceptionally talented Pierce Gagnon.
The Verdict: Definitely one of the cleanest time-travel fables ever, Looper takes the time and effort to explain its theory and sketchy worlds without getting bogged down in the ramshackle of its subject and that's no easy feat. It's a great feeling to walk out of a film and feel compelled to ask yourself a question; in this case, if I knew changing killing just one person could save the lives of millions, would I do it?
Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 05/10/2012