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The movie was just nonsense. It contradicted itself from scene to scene
and was not very cleverly constructed at all.
But the worst thing about this movie for me is that I did not get the make-up on Gordon-Levitt. I, as we all are, am capable of coming to grips with the fact he is playing a young Willis, without attempting to make him look like him. I did not get to the point in Superman where Clark shows up in Metropolis and said "No way, that's not Superman. I saw him in an earlier scene, he's a different man. That can't be him." No, my brain had enough about it to cope with different actors playing different aged versions of the character. So the make-up is odd, and I actually found it took up more of my thoughts than the action/story itself.
The movie lacks anything that sets it apart. That makes it special. That makes it interesting. Generic attempt at an action movie, with ill-thought out Sci-Fi elements added as a plot driver, and poorly in my opinion.
Going into this movie, remind yourself of one thing
"Time travel will
never make sense." There. Now you can enjoy Looper.
Looper is about a futuristic assassin called Well, a Looper In this case, his name is Joseph Gordon Levitt, or affectionately named, Joe. Joe gets people sent from the future, to the present, where he kills them on the spot. One day, his future-self, Bruce Willis, shows up. He's all like, "whaaaat?" *Insert movie-long chase scene here*
It's a really fun sci-fi flick that plays with different themes, and different ideas of morality. Can the end result justify a person's actions, regardless of how dark they may be? Things like that At the end of the movie, I almost felt like it was lesson in thematics, and I think it was very successful. It's a little more serious than I envisioned, like Lawless, a little more gritty than expected.
Looper is a big fat 8/10.
I had high expectations on the movie being a big fan of sci-fi genre. It started pretty well setting expectations high, then follows a series of mediocre actor's play, copy-paste from other movies - Terminator/Signs style and such (missing the originality). The movie lacks charm and feels like multiple pieces put together - dialogs feel to be taken from elsewhere (other movies), character's act in a extremely foreseeable way, like you know what they are going to say or do. There are movies with lower quality of play and direction so this one i would put as mediocre. I personally wondered whether to stop it and watch something else couple of times. If you have no special demand for quality, fun and original movie that would bring you pleasure from watching - you can try to watch this one.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Looper garners a richly deserved "dumb and a half" rating with this
reviewer. Now viewers get that time travel is not possible, never will
be, as proved by the fact that the present isn't already overpopulated
with temporal tourists from the future. We're ready to set aside belief
on this point in exchange for a decent, believable storyline: the first
rule of verisimilitude. Unfortunately in this loopy story we are
supposed to believe that it's impossible to kill someone in the future
so organized crime sends its trash back to the present for disposal and
incineration by hired guns called 'loopers.' So we viewers are supposed
to buy into the idea that the bad-asses of the future are daft on top
of nasty. Wouldn't they just hire a single guy to keep the fires
burning and time-zap their chosen victims directly into the fire? Or
dispense with that expense and ferry the intended directly into the
fiery maw of a fusion reactor? Since they seem able to direct location
as well as instance with their illegal chicken-wire-lined time machine
couldn't they then just ship undesirables off into the earth's core,
outer space or a studio session of the Ellen show?
Now let's deal with the syrupy implication that our hero's final act saves the dopey telekinetic kid from a life of crime, allowing him to turn his special powers towards the betterment of humanity. Come on, with a little self-control, this kid's powers are tailor-made for evil and destruction. The best he can hope for by going over to the bright side is for a life of picking up litter wholesale, maybe popping the odd litterbug's head for sport and punitive measure once in a while. That's it. While his powers are awesome, they have little value outside of the underworld.
If you value your time set your own time-machine on bypass for this stinker.
In the future, it is 2074 and Time Travel has been invented, but is
also illegal. The MOB (the Mob will always be around) uses it anyway to
send someone they want whacked back 30-years where a Looper, an
assassin who closes the loop and shoots him and disposes of the body.
Young Joe (Gorden-Levitt) is a Looper and because Time Travel is as
complicated as it is, a now Older Joe (same guy) (Bruce Willis) comes
back from 2074. Now Young Joe sees himself as Older Joe and he needs to
whack Older Joe. What to do? What to do? But, Older Joe escapes and has
an agenda and that is to find and kill the Rainmaker, who will abolish
This was quite enjoyable. Here is the best way to view Time Travel and enjoy the show. Remember when you dreamed, everything in the dream made sense? In a conscious state, of course, these things would not, could not make sense. But treat Time Travel as a dream where everything makes sense and you will be fine. Anyway, I hope the explanation above gives you a good reference for what you are about to see.
The entire cast performed well. The stunts and CGI were outstanding. Notables included Emily Blunt as the single mother, Paul Dano as a Gatman (okay a Looper), and Jeff Daniels as Abe, Young Joe's boss. A special shout-out is made for Jeff Daniels, with or without the beard, as he is good as bad guy, someone part of the Mob or a questionable politician. Take your pick.
One more shout-out and that is for Cid (Pierce Gagnon), the child of Sara (Emily Blunt) who acted well beyond his years. Kudos.
All in all very clever and quite enjoyable. (8/10)
Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: Yes, show girls passing backstage. Drug use: Yes. Language: Yes. But not overdone.
The premise for this film was interesting, but unfortunately, it was
yet another example of lazy sci-fi writing, where the opportunity to
consider the implications of the initial concepts are soon thrown aside
in favor of some fairly dull action sequences.
SPOILER - In the end, some kid with superpowers ( Damon character from the Omen) defeats the combined talents Bruce Willis (doing his Pulp Fiction hit-man character) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt ( doing his Bruce Willis from Pulp Fiction character), because Gordon-Levitt's character finally realizes the writer didn't have enough imagination to find a plot device which would end the story in a satisfactory manner, so he just blows his own brains out. It was great acting, because by that point in the film,I was really starting to feel the same way.
Loopers are professional killers who in the year 2044 eliminate
assorted people presumably other criminals - sent from the future.
Because the future is a place where they invented time travel, but made
it illegal. Also, the future is a place where it is almost impossible
to dispose of a body although when we see it done, it does not seem
such a big deal
Anyway, given this bizarre premises we are also
explained that loopers are so called because after an indeterminate
number of years in the profession, they must close the loop by killing
their older self, shipped back from 30 years in the future.
At this stage, whatever effort one made to suspend disbelief comes crashing down. Since they already know that in 30 years they will be executed (by themselves), why these loopers do not try to eliminate the mob king who is systematically ordering their executions? Why do they accept passively to be shipped back to the past with a sack over their head? If this is a serious logical flaw (and there are many others, pointed out by several reviewers), worse is to come, in the shape of a TK obnoxious child, who derails completely the script into an additional dimension of implausibility.
So far we were dealing with ruthless criminals who have no problem shooting, torturing and burning bodies, but suddenly women and children are off-limits. This "honour among thieves" is a well-beloved cliché in mainstream movies, but it is an absurd illusion. In real life, cold-blooded killers kill anybody - women and children included - because they are unsympathetic to all human beings, not just to other adult males. Selective lack of empathy is absurd and so is this movie. Finally, we have the delusional notion that "love can cure anything". Unfortunately, there are no reported cases of paranoid-schizophrenic cured by mummy's love....
One cannot expect much logic in a movie about time travel, but even low expectations are too high for this mess. The only partial saving grace is Joseph Gordon-Levitt who plays convincingly a despicable character.
now let me just start by saying: time travel is so out of date thing
and it has been presented in movies hundreds of time... and only very
few exception actually worked and i can only think of "Terminator" the
rest is just dull and rather silly than interesting, and in all of time
travel movies the character has to meet his younger / older self and
this should be the peak of the "drama"
and this movie just falls into it exactly, i mean they just mention that 10% of the population can move things telepathically and they move along...just like that and we are suppose to buy it !!
and you can't help not getting any sense of the future, i mean what did we see of that future ? a short gun that can only hit from a very short distance ? a silly bike that looks 10 years old by today's standards ? give me break here ...
Bruce Wellace has not done any good or even decent movies in the past ten years
and the Director being the writer in the same time that dose not make him any special at all and i think he should quit both - directing and writing coz he ain't good in neither
don't waste your time and money
I love SF and time travel movies and I like Bruce Willis so I thought this might be a good movie to catch. Boy was I wrong. This movie is dumb from beginning to ending. It has no redeeming characters to attach yourself too and it is excessively violent especially toward young children. I find it hard to believe that critics and others liked this ridiculous premise of a film. I wanted to get up and leave but I was half hoping that the movie would get better or at least amount to something in the end. Sadly it just continued on with needless exposition and a ridiculously predictable ending. I wish I had my 1hr and 58 minutes back.
To each their own is true but I have not been so bored by a sci-fi movie, in a LONG time. I kept waiting for there to be plot. A story. Something that kept me guessing. This movie never had a point. Unlike many, I thought the make-up to make GL look like Bruce, was amazing. You didn't see the resemblance, until Bruce finally enters the picture. The movie is one big circle. The circle is ended leaving you thinking, what was the purpose?(spoiler) One interpretation could be the dough left in the end, is what funded the little guy to become he he did. I am not here to pretend I am some great movie critic. This is only the second movie I have ever taken the time to write about. It is so others do not waste their money or lower at least, their expectation.
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