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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BY Aaron Yap Flicks Writer
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
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BY DnA superstar
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.
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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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