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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

It Got Worse And Worse

1/10
Author: Chris Bird from Santa Rosa, California
14 January 2013

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It started out OK, but I lost interest in about 5 minutes. I thought the idea was compelling (sending people back in time to be executed) but then it got confusing to the point where it was laughable. Lots of people running around shooting stupidly designed weapons. A child is shown getting shot, which was bothersome. The tender moments of this film are about as meaningful as a fabric softener commercial. Even the cars of the future are pathetic in this film. Maybe the director used up the budget on actors and couldn't hire anyone proficient for anything else. Too bad Mystery Science Theater 3000 is off the air, because it would have been perfect for this dog of a film.

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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

Despite the Paradoxes and Plot Holes, Looper is an Entertaining Adventure

7/10
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
17 February 2013

In 2074, it is possible to travel in time but also forbidden. However, when the criminal organizations want to kill someone, they send their victims to thirty years in the past where well paid hit men called "loopers" kill them and get rid of their bodies. When the mobsters decide to call off a contract with any killer they send him back to be killed by himself and close the loop.

In 2044, in Kansas, Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is one looper addicted in drugs. He learns that the powerful Rainmaker has assumed control of the criminal organizations and is closing all the loops. Soon Joe has to kill the "old" Joe (Bruce Willis) but he is surprised and fails. Joe chases old Joe but the criminal Abe (Jeff Daniels) sends his killers to hunt him down.

Joe meets old Joe that tells him that his beloved wife was killed by the Rainmaker's gang. Old Joe also tells that he has found three possible children that might be the Rainmaker in the future and he will kill them to protect his wife. However they are found by the loopers and Joe flees and stumbles with Sara (Emily Blunt) in her farm. She helps him and soon Joe discovers that her son Cid (Pierce Gagnon) is the Rainmaker and he decides to protect them from the determined old Joe.

"Looper" is one of those fast paced action movies that do not give time for the viewer to think about. There are a great number of plot holes and paradoxes, especially in the relationship between Joe and old Joe, and if the viewer thinks a little, he or she will find many inconsistencies in the story. One question: wouldn't be easier if the mobster kill his victims and send their bodies to be disposed in the past? Despite of that, "Looper" is an entertaining adventure. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Looper: Assassinos do Futuro" ("Looper: Assassins from the Future")

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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Gruesome dystopia

1/10
Author: elmerflp from United States
20 October 2012

I made the huge mistake of ignoring the R rating and taking my 12 year old to this movie. That's my own stupid fault. Don't repeat my mistake with your child. Or, for that matter, ANY adult, including yourself. This bleak morsel of cinematic gristle will have you rummaging for your Prozac in short order. Looper contains plenty of the usual, gratuitous sewage, including drug addiction, poverty, mindless sex, brutal torture and dismemberment, explosions and shootings. To this dog's breakfast is added a liberal seasoning of F-bombs, urban blight, and telekinetic special effects. If there's any redemptive message here, it's "get on your knees and get right with Jesus, lest you end up in this living hell!"

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28 out of 54 people found the following review useful:

The is a perfect example of a science-fiction thriller movie!

10/10
Author: CharlieGreenCG from United Kingdom
25 September 2012

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"Time travel has not yet been invented. But thirty years from now, it will have been." I went to an advanced screening of this film last night, upon leaving the cinema I had a feeling that I had not got from a film for quite sometime. The film contains a balance of both intelligence and action, too much of either and the film risks failing, the is a perfect example of a science-fiction thriller movie. Looper is set in the year 2042, Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is one of several mafia-employed assassins known as 'loopers' who are tasked with 'taking out the future's garbage'. The targets are delivered from 30 years in the future to a waiting looper, who puts a bullet in their head, burns the body and collects their earnings. Loopers are well paid, but when the bosses decide it's time to 'close the loop' and they send back your own future self back for assassination, leaving you with only 30 years to live. Later in the film Joe's loop is to be closed, but his older self (Bruce Willis) escapes, which is very bad news, bringing the mafia on the hunt to kill both Joe's. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis both show strong acting performances throughout, you wouldn't of seen Willis this good since probably Die Hard as he full-fills his action man status once again. And even with Gordon-Levitts slightly distracting make-up (in order to make him look like Willis) he is definitely one of movies huge upcoming actors. Along side Joe, in the third act of the film introduces Emily Blunt's character Sara, her character is strong and independent and brings extra emotion and drama to the film. One of Loopers greatest strengths is that you are constantly surprised, being full of twists and turns the movies narrative is very original and leaves you not knowing what could happen next as both of the Joe's battle for different situations. With keeping up with the story and concentrating you are rewarded with a mindfull ending. Released in four days time, Looper is a sci-fi movie that you should definitely see!

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Not bad, but not as good as it thinks it is

6/10
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom
7 May 2014

LOOPER is the latest Hollywood movie to tackle the thorny topic of time travel. This one's a little bit like the Van Damme vehicle TIMECOP, although it strives to be less cheesy and more realistic thanks to the presence of former indie director Rian Johnson, who also made the high school murder mystery BRICK with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Gordon-Levitt plays an assassin who executes criminals sent back from the future for spurious reasons, although inevitably he soon finds his life spiralling out of control when things take an unexpected twist.

I really wanted to like this film. It feels fresh and appealing in many ways, and visually it's a triumph. Gordon-Levitt's performance is fine, although that prosthetic make-up is distracting, and it's fair to say that Bruce Willis is pretty good too, as this is probably the best performance he's given in a while. The action sequences, when they come, are efficiently handled.

So what gives, then? Well, the truth is that LOOPER isn't quite as entertaining as it thinks it is. For once, the story doesn't really work under close scrutiny. All of the other time travel movies I've seen have made a point of not allowing the characters to encounter themselves in another time period, as this would cause a paradox. In this one, Willis and Gordon-Levitt share cups of coffee together, and it never quite gels.

In addition, the pacing is off, with long, boring and tension-free interludes spent sitting around in a farmhouse with the miscast Emily Blunt. Yet another twist involves characters who are telekinetic, which is all a little too much; wasn't the time travel plot enough? Although it's not bad for what it is, LOOPER doesn't hold a candle to the ultra-efficient low budget Spanish time travel movie, TIMECRIMES.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

The Looper Falls Short Of Expectations

3/10
Author: thisisalbundy from United States
27 December 2013

Well what can I say? This is another one of Hollywood's movies where the actors are overpaid compromising the budget and production quality of a movie that could have been.

Let's face it. I am a Bruce Willis fan but he is old and a has been as an action hero. His "Die Hard" legacy is legendary but outdated. He no longer a shoot and ask later hero. In fact this can be confirmed by his recent "Expendables 2" roll where he admitted on screen that he was an ancient artifact.

Joe Levitt is overpaid and somewhat out of place in this movie. He gives a mediocre performance that could have easily been duplicated and improved by a more talented actor. In fact the only bright acting spot in this movie are the performances by Piper Perabo and her son Pierce Gagnon. Gagnon's performance and acting talent reminds me of a young Haley Osment who first became famous in the 1994 movie "Forrest Gump" The movie's story is encouraging but we soon find that it falls well short of it's potential. It seems that many key plot points are borrowed from the 1984 "Terminator" and 1993 "Nowhere To Run" movies. Some special effects and plot twists are introduced but they ultimately cannot save this production doomed from the beginning.

My advise is to steer clear of this movie. There are certainly better Bruce Willis movies to see. Joe Levitt has some talent and may one day become a powerful actor. But this is not his breakthrough movie to remember him for.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

An average and predictable action movie that could have been so much more

6/10
Author: dalejones22 from United Kingdom
3 October 2013

Looper wasn't a bad film, however it fell well short of its potential and no doubt falls into the category 'only watch when bored'. My biggest issue with the film - aside from its climax being predictable - is the plot, which seemed confused and noticeably switched focus midway through the film.

Whilst I'm not against that if done correctly, it was the subsequent lack of character development that really made this film suffer. Most of Looper's characters seemed insignificant - you found yourself simply not caring about them. This to my mind was caused by the surface level knowledge you're given throughout the film. That said I did enjoy Blunt and Levitt's performances, whilst Bruce Willis does what he does best. The action set pieces are okay - nothing you haven't seen before - but are thankfully good enough to hold an audience's attention.

Overall a decent watch but nothing that will make a lasting impression.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Creepy eyes, bad prosthetic nose constantly reminds you this is a movie and not reality

3/10
Author: schf from United Kingdom
11 September 2013

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A young murderer called Joe lives a life of pre arranged shootings and wild drug parties,until one of his suddenly materialising victims turns out to be an older version of himself. How we know this is because that's how the film has been advertised not because of any thing like a resemblance . Which bring us to the heart of my problem with the movie,Joseph gordon levitt has been made up (badly)with a rubber nose and contact lenses to try and resemble a young bruce willis .They really ,truly failed. Every single time I looked at the weird eyes of JGL it broke the reality of the film for me. Creepy, bright and totally out of place. oh dear I'm sure it was good other wise even if almost everyone in the cinema guessed the ending long before the punch. Shame i couldn't enjoy it felt like it was constantly holding up a sign saying Sack the make up department

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Terrible from the get go

2/10
Author: Marc Colten from United States
13 July 2013

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I'll confess to being very judgmental about films and TV shows. If, in the first minutes, you see that the entire premise is absurd, I'm against the whole thing. From the minute you are told that people in the future send their contracts back 40 years to be killed by over-paid people who themselves are later killed, by themselves - the entire movie goes off the rails. Once you ask yourself why they don't send them back 10,000 years, or to the middle of the ocean - you're done.

All the rest, the TK, the Terminator rip-off, the "One" rip-off of The Matrix and others - well, it's just crap piled on crap. The time travel concepts are ridiculous. Okay, so a guy is sent back and then his current self is mutilated, which appear instantly on the older guy. So how did he spend all those years without his limbs to be sent back intact? No, I call no way. Same with the ending. So young Joe kills himself, which erases old Joe from the time line. So all the criminals he killed and the loopers are okay now? How is the kid still wounded?

Just really lousy.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Lets do the Hollywood Checkoff List, Shall We?

2/10
Author: charlesbeutt from United States
11 January 2014

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1. Interracial sex/flirting, check 2. All characters are trash, Hollywood's war on morality. Check. 3. Terrible action sequences with one guy beating up 4 by himself, no problem, no reality. Check. 4. No kids. Remember. Hollywood hates kids, especially white people's kids. Kids die but no one has kids. Ya no one has kids over 30 years DUH. Check. 5. China is the center of the world in the future. Where they pay slave wages and have forced abortions. FU Hollywood. 6. People whisper and then there are loud explosions. Over and over. Annoying as hell. 7. The Asian woman cleans up the loser druggie man. Men are kids, and helpless, and bad. Women are wise leaders. 8. Another ripoff remake as others have pointed out. Made worse. 9. Weak ending. Shouldve paid the writers during the writer's strike. 10. "Organized crime" and not fascist police states like what America is turning into, is somehow the thing to worry about in the future.

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