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Looper Reviews

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July 27, 2016
***
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.
½ July 25, 2016
Bruce Willis is the Enemy in this movie. That's Gripping! A Great Form of Time travelling and Serious to start off.
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.

Score: 9/10
July 25, 2016
Another time-travelling mind-melter with a bit of Die Hard style Bruce Willis thrown in (without the wise-cracks). Interesting enough but with little warmth
July 19, 2016
Smart and visceral though it will leave you scratching your head at some parts.
½ July 11, 2016
Pretty good sci-fi story. I enjoyed the time travel aspect and gave me some things to think about. The ending was a little meh, but overall entertaining.
July 11, 2016
Awesome movie and criminally underrated.
½ July 9, 2016
This movie doesn't make any sense at all.
July 5, 2016
This is Bruce Willis' comeback performance
½ July 2, 2016
It's good and all, but time travel, it's like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... time-y wimey... stuff.. it makes no sense
½ June 29, 2016
all around a very good movie, i dunno what i can say about it that will do it justice, just watch it and you be the judge
June 24, 2016
Perfect twist of science fiction/action/romance as well as emotional connection to characters in the film. Enjoyed the action but underlying romance as well as further meaning involved.
June 17, 2016
Who cares about plot holes? All that matters is that it is interesting and entertaining.
June 14, 2016
Easily one of the best Sci-Fi films in the last decade, Rian Johnson(writer/director of the acclaimed Indy feature, Brick) Joesph-Gordon Levitt(JGL) and Bruce Willis tease your mind and rock your senses in this time travelling bonanza. Set mostly in Kansas in the year 2044, Looper follows JGL's character who assassinates people from 2074 for the Mob, but when his employers decide to close his loop by sending his older self(played by Bruce Willis) back to be killed things quickly fall apart for JGL. With his present day employers trying to track him down, JGL has to kill his future to save his present. The film also stars Emily Blunt in one of her most underrated performances and also boosts a cool Jeff Daniels sent from the future to manage the loopers. There isn't much about Looper that ain't good or boring. No dry spells as Director Rian Johnson shifts gears from time travelling to... Well I do not want spoil it for ya. Needless to say, Looper is originally inventive and blows over you with the satisfaction of a cool breeze on a hot summer day.
½ June 12, 2016
In der nahen Zukunft wird Zeitreisen möglich gemacht. Aber die Zeitportale haben sich die Mafia unter den Nagel gerissen. So können sie belastende Leute, Zeugen oder Abtrünnige, in die Zeitkapsel legen und in die Vergangenheit schicken. Dort wartet schon ein Auftragskiller, ein Looper, auf die Opfer, und der entsorgt sie auch gleich. Doch was passiert wenn von einem Looper, sein eigenes Ich von der Zukunft, plötzlich vor Dir steht?
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!
½ June 11, 2016
looper was a well paced, creatively casted time travel adventure, that was as dark and gritty as it was genuine. rian johnson seamlessly blends elements of si-fi, and neo-noir, to bring this futuristic crime thriller to life, really making you sympathise with the main character in both his incarnations. the performances from joseph gordon-levitt and emily blunt are both three dimensional believable and bruse willis turns in what is, in my opinion, his best work in recent memory. while there were some, minor, story elements i wish could have been expanded upon, overall this is a well written, well acted and well directed, visually dynamic film, that i would recommend to fans of science fiction and hard boiled action alike.
June 10, 2016
epic and groundbreaking as the first Matrix.
June 9, 2016
Feb 2014: Now that I think about it, the ending can be seen as a loop hole. If Joe's fate was to be with his original wife, when the old Joe is back to kill the rainmaker, he is changing fate. However, if old Joe kills the rainmaker, everything will be back to the same loop...so then shouldn't old Joe remember Sarah from before and Joe would die anyhow...The key thing for this film to work is to not think too much about it I guess :) (4.5/5)

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)
June 1, 2016
A fantastical futuristic film about the implications of virtual time travel and the headaches it will inevitably bring, Looper is an intriguing and fascinating sci-fi full of big ideas delivered in an economical way. Often internally confused and baffled by the implications subject, writer/director Rian Johnson does a wonderful job of presenting the labyrinthine plot and tricky details of time travel without feeling the need to 'fry your brain like an egg'.

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
½ May 22, 2016
With Great Cast comes Great Movie. Loved every second of it
May 17, 2016
The first half was pretty good but the second half fell flat. I also didn't agree with the science that it based its premise on, but that's another story.
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