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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

One Loopy Looper

1/10
Author: garbage-66 from Canada
12 February 2013

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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.

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6 out of 11 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 13 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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7 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

How Can It Be So Bad?

1/10
Author: chernobylpants (chernobylpants@live.com) from Oegstgeest
15 October 2012

I have just saw this movie and in rush to tell anybody that still not seen it please Don't... not only to save money but more important to not make you angry.

How can the Director, the Writer to not use the common sense ?? It will not increase cost. The movie assumes that its audience are stupid enough. All in all it is against common sense and the crews are irresponsible to spend money that way.

How can an old man from somewhere in the future bring tens mob to yhe past with all resources needed arrange everything but failed to kill one person? 2009: LOST MEMORIES was superb. Looper is rubbish.

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8 out of 15 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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10 out of 19 people found the following review useful:

Plot less film made in plot less way for plot less reasons.

1/10
Author: trulyjewelly from Somerset
15 October 2012

The problem here is the script and overall way of telling the story, because the idea of filming point blank executions of so many individual people close up and personal is too gross to handle. The director has no idea how to make a film watchable. He just causes stress which spoils the good bits, and in fact he makes me wonder if he's a freak who needs an outlet for his sadism. I liked two things about the whole film, and for their visual aesthetic only. Frankly, I felt so disturbed by the idea of this being on general release and that I had seen it that I wished I hadn't gone to see it - and the strange fact that people have given it good reviews on IMDb makes me wonder if EVERYBODY is desensitized to extreme violence and I am the only one who knows that you don't have to kill and maim to make things exciting and fun...

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11 out of 21 people found the following review useful:

Looper – Good concept, Bad script

2/10
Author: Rishikar Krishna from India
12 October 2012

This movies starts as a good sci-fi entertainer, then quickly turns into a romantic, save me mummy, remorse story. What happened!

Let's look at the story – Yr. 20xx, disposing anyone's body in future is almost impossible. But Mafia will do what they need to do so they send the trouble makers back in the past e.g. John is a naughty man in 2075 so mob sends him back to 2045 to be executed, simple!

Considering from the present, future is just a possibility, so even if you get rid of someone from the future that man (only men do dirty things, the movie didn't show any mischievous ladies getting killed) may grow up from the past to have the exact same life. Hmm…this will get you thinking.

Also how come a guy who kills for a living suddenly has a cry baby heart and goes out to protect people? He suddenly notices the innocence of life…what was he blind B4!

In short it's a movie fit for Bollywood, senseless & random.

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20 out of 39 people found the following review useful:

Brainless and moronic, it tries to do many things and fails fundamentally at them all.

1/10
Author: Brian Tucker from United States
7 October 2012

This film is seriously just bad. At first you're drawn in, the concept threatens to become fascinating; but it simply tumbles into an abysmal joke of a movie that ends with a disgusting cliché. You seriously have to check your brain at the door to even remotely enjoy this film. How it has carried an 8.2 rating here baffles me. Source Code it is not, Inception it is not, Terminator it is not. I really worry about the future of science fiction considering how well this abomination has done. Someone had the gall to call this movie this generations Matrix. Apparently this generation is drastically dumber than mine was! Time travel is a tricky thing to deal with. Taking the approach that since it's complex you're not even going to attempt to form continuity as this film does is NOT the way to deal with that complexity.

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20 out of 39 people found the following review useful:

Loopin the Loop

5/10
Author: wes-139 from United Kingdom
4 October 2012

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What's the all-purpose standby time-travel plot? Yeah - guys getting sent back from the future to assassinate someone and alter future history. "Looper" comes up with an alternative: guys from the future getting sent back to be assassinated by regular schmoes in the present. Brilliant, only maybe they didn't quite think it through, and half way (I'm not spoiling anything here am I?) they revert to plan A - one of the guys from the future who's evaded his assassin (it's his younger self so he remembers it's gonna work) decides to bump off some kid who's going to grow up to be Mr Nasty in the future. Not a heartwarming little angel kid of course, that wouldn't be right, not even one of those cynical wise-ass sort of kids either, people love them too. What other sorts of kids are there? Oh yes, malevolent psycho kids with satanic powers - that's our plot! Remember the first time you saw Star Wars? It'll be like that, only more confusing. And probably less sequels.

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28 out of 55 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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