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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Looper: Film Review




Looper

Cast: Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Writer and Director:  Rian Johnson


** and a 1/2*'s out of four.




This is one of the best, grittiest time travel movies since "12 Monkeys".    That comparison seems fitting because Bruce Willis was in both flicks, and there is a lot to be discussed about the story line in each picture.  Although "Looper" has a lot  more to say then the other one.    It just confused me most of the time I was watching it, and I'm not saying that's a bad thing.  It's just an honest reaction to the film. This is one that you will have to pay some attention too, but not one that you'll have to rewind constatnly to pick out any clues you may have missed.  Although I plan on rewatching this again very shortly so I can understand a little bit more about it.



 In the future time travel is made illegal, so they only people who use it are gangsters.  If they want to get rid of a target.  They zap it back thirty years into the past where assassins called loopers kill them and dispose of the body.  Their contract is ended when they close the loop by shooting their future self.  One day Joe(Joseph Gordon-Levitt) sees the older version of himself(Bruce Willis) and before he can react  his older self knocks him out and escapes.  Now the young Joe must find a way to kill his target before the other gangsters catch up and kill them both .


There is a lot more to this story that I'm leaving out, and for good reason too.  The changes in this seem a bit out of place at first, but stay with it because it gets more and more interesting even though I had a tough time at grasping the logistics of it all.  I'm just glad it didn't become a generic chase through time flick.  It was refreshing to see Rian Johnson trust his audience to lead them down a different path and give them something they weren't expecting.  The only negative thing I can say about this is that it could have been edited down a little because there are moments that drag on in my opinion.




The cast of this is really good.  I like that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis are not doing an impersonation of eachother, but are both creating a fully fleshed person together.  Jeff Daniels, Paul Dano and Emma Blunt are equally impressive, but the real break out star of this movie is Pierce Gagnon.  The kid couldn't be more then 7 or 8 and he manages to hold his own and steal many moments and make them his own.  I hope they continue to cast this youngster in more things, and not in shows on Disney TV.


I will close by saying this.  If you are not a fan of thinking a little bit while watching a movie.  This one is not for you.  You will not have to think hard when you watch it, but it does at least diserve your full attention.


36 comments:

  1. Good review Vern. The cast is great, especially JGL who has been having a stellar career so far, but the plot it what really kept me interested as it continued to throw twist-after-twist at me, without any confusion whatsoever. It’s a great sci-fi flick that actually makes sense.

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    1. Thanks Dan. It does make sense, but I still feel like I had to pay attention just a little bit more then usual to follow what's going on

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  2. Hey Vern only 2.5 for a film that is " best, grittiest time travel movies since "12 Monkeys"

    a side from that I agree with your rating but I disagree that this is a thinker... because if you just take it on a surface level its fairly enjoyable its when you think of the mechanic of the story you realise that the time travel aspect is a complete mess and nonsensical.

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    1. I put a break down of the time travel problems in my review...

      http://bit.ly/QFcIk5

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    2. I would give 12 Monkeys 3 out of four stars. I will say this about Looper. I really want to see this again. I like that it confused me, a little. It makes rewatching it more fun. Thanks for the comment

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  3. Already one of my favorites of 2012... although we are entering the final months of the year where some really good film come out.

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    1. Rian Johnson needs a superhero franchise to direct next. He is a one of a kind talent

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  4. This is high on my list. I was surprised to hear that it's good. I mean, the previews look good, but previews always look good. In other news, I hear that Taken 2 sucks. Just sayin'.

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    1. Thanks for the comment. I wish I knew who you were so I could give proper praise back.

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  5. Great review! This kid actor must be really good, this is another review where I read he stole the show :)

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    1. Yes he does. Some director needs to put both this kid and the one from "The Beasts of The Southern Wild" into a film together. Thanks for reading

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  6. Nice review. I agree that it drags in places and I also like the film's gritty qualities. It's definitely a film about the dark side of time travel, and I like your comparison to 12 Monkeys.

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    1. Thanks for the reply. I think 12 Monkeys doesn't get the respect it deserves

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