Looper (2012)

Looper (2012)
  • Time: 119 min
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Sci-Fi
  • Director: Rian Johnson
  • Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Bruce Willis


In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a looper, a hired gun, like Joe is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good until the day the mob decides to close the loop, sending back Joe’s future self for assassination.


  • Joe O'Loughlin

    (written 9/28/12)

    The best movie I’ve seen in years: “Looper”.

    A moral dilemma worthy of the greatest Greek tragedy or Shakespeare play. The genesis of evil in men. The unreasoning power of a mother’s love. A mind-bending “what-if” story that circles back on itself over and over and gets more compelling with each “loop”. Cathartic violence that repels and attracts at the same time, awakening million-year old base emotions that once propelled our evolution and no longer belong in a civilized world.

    Bruce Willis is a great movie star and so compelling to watch in action, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt is twice the actor and every bit as good at welding my attention to the screen. What a face they gave him! He has surprised me four times now, in “Inception”, in “The Lookout”, in “Premium Rush”, and again tonight. Emily Blunt was great, and almost unrecognizable as a blond. Paul Dano was in it. Nobody does toxic crazy hopeless friend like him. And Jeff Daniels sat back, made me want to like him, and then chewed the sweet juice out of every menacing, mumbled word as a dissolute, sociopathic father-figure to a pathetic, Billy The Kid wannabe son who reminded me of Dennis Hopper at the top of his game.

    When I was a little boy, I didn’t know why, couldn’t articulate why I was so caught up and taken away by John Ford westerns and Hitchcock suspense. The sudden low angles and wide open vistas that swallow characters up just when you thought they were all- powerful. The careful, deliberate composition of seemingly insignificant objects between two characters in a well-thought out scene. The keylights embellishing an actor’s eyes. Half-shadow across an actor’s face to bring my attention to his thoughts, like Nicholas Ray did for James Dean and Natalie Wood, and Francis Coppola did for Brando and Martin Sheen.

    This director, Rian Johnson, I’ve never heard of. But he wrote AND directed this new classic that I know I will want to watch over and over again. I am so grateful they DO still make movies like they used to.

  • Once again a solid and entertaining SciFi.

    This movie was thrilling because of two things:
    – The feature of time traveling has already been used several times, but the fact that people are sent from the future and then being eliminated by a “Looper” is unique (Maybe I’m grossly making a mistake but I’ve never encountered this in another movie). The Looper is sent on retirement after his alter ego returns from the future loaded with gold. Tricky but ingenious.
    – The acting of Pierce Gagnon as Cid is extremely sublime and at times surprising, knowing that he’s still such a little fellow. Those eyes that look up at the young Joe while asking if he killed people already. And that frenzy look at the end when confronted with BW. And such acting by a little kid. Superb.

    The rest of the film was quite entertaining. Not very original, of course, and already used in other movies, namely changing the future by making drastic changes in the present. Whether there are errors in it or not, it always leads to banal and philosophical debates where nobody knows what the outcome will be. To me time traveling is and will always be impossible. That’s why it’s called SF.
    The setting and scenery was alternately. It looked brilliant with a Blade Runner-like feeling and sometimes it looked awful like the cars with those pasted solar cells and a pipe (I think they found it in a cheap Radioshack store) to the fuel tank. The Star Wars-like flying motorcycles were beautifully designed.

    Willis performed like an average actor and once again I felt like they used him to give this movie a particular standing. Gordon-Levitt pleasantly surprised me and fitted perfectly in his role from the beginning. He reminded me several times of Gigolo Joe from AI with his plastic appearance.

    Conclusion : “Looper” is a mix of TwelveMonkees, Terminator and Firestarter.


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