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Member Name: thedevilinme
Date: 09/02/13, updated on 09/02/13 (77 review reads)
Advantages: Good fun
Disadvantages: Something not quite there
Star - Bruce Willis
Genre - Sci-Fi
County - USA
Certificate - 18R
Run Time - 120 minutes
Blockbusters - £13.99 per night
Amazon - £13.99p DVD (£.0 Blue Ray)
You can't go wrong with time travel in the movies! You can go a little off kilter but generally they are good fun whatever they do with it. If you have a few gaping plot holes you simply blame a time paradox and forget about it. As time travel isn't possible because of those paradoxes the movie people can really bend the big screen rules. There is no better genre for the concept movie. A concept movie is, of course, built around a single idea that can be summed up in a single sentence: 'A man goes back in time to be killed by himself', the concept here.
The star is everyone's favorite Bruce Willis, returning to the time travel genre for the third time (by my recognition) and immediate echoes of '12 Monkeys' here, The Kid the other one I can recall. He is joined by rising star Joseph Gordon - Levitt, who is teaming up with director Rian Johnson, also for the third time, their previous movies that of the ober cool 'drugspolitation' movie 'Brick' and a bit part in The Brothers Grimm. Britain's gorgeous rising star Emily Blunt is the impressive token totty on show here.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Joe
Bruce Willis ... Old Joe
Emily Blunt ... Sara
Paul Dano ... Seth
Frank Brennan ... Old Seth
Noah Segan ... Kid Blue
Piper Perabo ... Suzie
Jeff Daniels ... Abe
Pierce Gagnon ... Cid
Tracie Thoms ... Beatrix
It's the year 2044, the invention of time travel just thirty years away, which is immediately outlawed in the future for obvious reasons. But just as the internet has a secret coded world enjoyed by criminals so does time travel, exploiting its many benefits beyond the law. As the time loop technology can only send people back it's mostly used to dispose of bodies, people hard to hide in the future due to advanced flesh tagging technology. So when these organizations in the future need someone 'whacked', they use specialized assassins called "Loopers." The Gangsters 'bag and gag' the target and then zap them back to a Looper in 2044. The victim appears bound and gagged with a hood over their head at certain place at a certain time and immediately gunned down by the Looper as they appear. The Looper is rewarded with two ingots of silver wrapped around the body for every kill, and for the gangsters the target has vanished from the future, and technically does not exist anymore. Clean.
The job is extremely lucrative but has no retirement policy, a worry for all loopers. Eventually you grow old and the loop has to be closed, your old self sent back to when you were a young Looper and your unsuspecting self waiting there with a gun to kill the hooded delivery, this time the body covered in gold bars, your final payoff, the loop closed so the looper has no evidence that could incriminate the gangsters in the future. You then relive your life the older you has just finished, if you see what I mean.
Our Looper is Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), working out of Kansas, who is building up a nice little nest egg to retire in the sun somewhere, but a drug habit eating into that. Joe's best mate Seth (Paul Dano) is about to close his loop, but fails to shoot his future self by unmasking the goods, meaning old Seth (Frank Brennan) is on the run in downtown Kansas, causing dangerous time paradoxes the longer he is on the run, meaning consequences for all. But old Seth has bought a message from the future. Someone called 'The Rainmaker' has taken over all the crime organizations and closing all their loops down in the future so they can never exist. Joe tries to hide younger Seth but soon pulled up by his boss Abe (Jeff Daniels). Abe has also come back from the future and runs things this end. But if Jo doesn't give him up Seth so is loop can be closed then Joe will come to an end and so lose all his saved up silver.
Three years later Joe's big day arrives and he successfully closes the loop, his victims head covered and so not aware who he was, until he finds the glitter of gold on the body. He now has the money to retire and so moves to Shanghai. But there's a catch. A rip in the space time continuum has been created by Seth's awareness of the rainmaker and that also effects Joe's life in the future, meaning he has come back as his older self (Bruce Willis) to correct the anomaly. Older Joe knows where his loop will be closed and so ready for his younger self as he goes after the Rainmaker in 2044. Yep, it's confusing.
Its good but there is something missing. I can't put my finger on it but its just not there. There have been better time travel movies that have gone before, even though this clearly is a clever idea for one. The director had been toying with the script and concept for eight years and so maybe he overcooked it with too much starch. Or, maybe, it's because Bruce Willis is starting to look old on screen and this felt like he had stepped straight out of 12 Monkeys into another movie, or, maybe, it's because there is no way in the world Joseph Gordon - Levitt can play an assassin. He always looks like he is going to faint on screen at the sight of blood. He also looks nothing like Bruce Willis. To me he will always be the naïve kid in the brilliant Third Rock from the Sun. He also looks like he is pinching all of Shia LeBouf's work.
The token totty of the beautiful Emily Blunt aside another added distraction was the ingredient of the 'TK' gene element, where 10% of the human population in 2044 are gifted with telekinetic abilities. I presume this was added late on to encourage a sequel but whatever the reason it didn't fit and kept pulling the film away from its intelligent premise. That aside it glides along nicely and pleasing makes you work hard on its confusing narrative and structured criminal hierarchies, rare to see a movie make you care for the bad guys. The action is not too over the top and the interest never wanes.
For its meager $30 million budget in these $200million dollar days for clever Sci-Fi film the look is fabulous and the screenplay great, but doing just $166 million back for its efforts. Because it wasn't pitched as an Inception type summer blockbuster event it didn't do the money it should have. Bruce Willis is currently over in the UK to plug Die Hard 5 and the fact he has done the moronic One Show and the likewise Talksport means his people are taking no chances with that one so to get the maximum amount of money back. It also means A Good Day to Die Hard is possibly stinker.
But Looper isn't and all good fun and if you like your time travel films then this is right up your street.
--- Top Twenty Cool Time Travel movies---
Back to the Future 1&2
Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure
The Time Machine
Peggy Sue Got Married
The Philadelphia Experiment
The Lake House
Planet of the Apes
It's a Wonderful Life
Imdb.com - 7.7/10.0 (171,956 votes)
Metacritc.com - 84% critic's approval rating
Rottentomatos.com - 93% critic's approval rating
CNN.COM -'Yes, it's a B movie sci-fi thriller, but not many prestige pictures have this much going on underneath the surface'.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH -'The movie is morally murky, to put it lightly, and that's a bit refreshing; we're made to think about why we want the protagonists to achieve their goals'.
THE BOSTON PHOENIX -'Is it derivative? Not really; just a reminder that cinema, like history, is on a continuous loop, forever repeating itself'.
THE NEWARK TIMES -'If the whole thing leaves you rubbing your temples, just',
NEW YORKER -'The reasoning behind all this may not reward prolonged inspection, but Johnson is smart enough to press onward with his plot, leaving us with neither the time nor the desire to linger over the logic ...'
THE INDEPENDENT -'While it sometimes feels like it's trying to do much, Looper manages to be a creditable and exciting sci-fi flick that homage's the past while carving out a unique identity'.
THE LA TIMES -'Much as he did in Brick, Johnson creates a carefully drawn world in Looper that exists by its own particular set of rules'.
= = = = = = = = Special Features = = = = = = = =
- Audio Commentary -
Cast & crew talk about their movie.
- Looper: The Future from the Beginning -
The director and writing team claim they wrote this film with Jo-Gordon Levitt in mind and he was suitably faltered.
- Scenery Looper -
The look and feel of the movie and the time traveling concept are explored here.
- Deleted Scenes -
With commentary if required
- Animated Trailer -
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Summary: Bruce Willis getting old