Excerpt: "Looper" features a lot of familiar time travel themes, but the excellent cast, cool futuristic world, and thought-provoking plot make it feel like a fresh concept. It's worth checking out on the big screen despite Joseph Gordon-Levitt's makeup.
Excerpt: Sometime in the near future, hitmen known as "loopers" are assigned to kill mob victims sent back in time from 30 years in the future. One such looper is Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) whose plans to get out of the business hits a snag when it’s his time to "close his loop" (i.e. kill his future self, played by Bruce Willis) who instead uses his time jaunt to the past to try to kill the man responsible for making his future life so miserable.
Excerpt: I became a fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt a few years ago when I saw (500) Days of Summer , a nice little romantic comedy with he and Zooey Deschanel as the most modern of couples. I’m also glad that director Christopher Nolan took notice as he’s put Gordon-Levitt in a few of his films, notably Inception and The Dark Knight Rises which as paved the way for this talented actor to be seen by more people.
Excerpt: Send you for a loop. The Film If you are like me and you often look for something on VUDU or Hulu to watch at 3:00 a.m., you tend to gravitate towards the low-budget action films starring your favorite WWE superstar because it's too tough mentally to watch anything with a real plot at that time of night.
Excerpt: Joseph Gordon-Levitt will not turn into Bruce Willis 30 years now, even if the studio would love new Die Hard sequels. No matter how hard Looper tries, Levitt can never be Bruce Willis. When designing a time travel movie though and your one fault is the look of a famous actor, chance are you’re doing okay. Looper , for the uninitiated, is doing just fine. Looper sends people through time to their deaths.
Conclusion: 'Looper' was one of the most creative and original films of 2012 and has been given a solid and worthy Blu-ray release. The film offers a unique glimpse into a dreary futuristic world. The time travel concept is used in a way that has never been done before, pitting a our central character against an older version of himself from the grim future. 'Looper' revolves around a science fiction concept, but it's a human story at its very core.
Conclusion: Looper is definitely better than it looks, but not quite as great as its near-unanimous critical approval indicates. Rian Johnson's sci-fi action flick is relatively smart and thoroughly entertaining, though not terribly original or immune to scrutiny. Still, it's absolutely a movie to see and one that Sony's fine Blu-ray makes easy to consider owning as well.
Conclusion: It’s quite refreshing to see a science fiction flick actually done right. The action is well-balanced with an intelligently crafted storyline and brilliant actor performances from JGL, Blunt, Willis and the rest of the supporting actors. It’s like everyone came together and said let’s make a real movie that will make audiences think and want to come along for the thrill seeking ride despite whatever they thought of the trailer.
Summary: This job doesn't tend to attract the most forward-thinking people. There's a good moment in Looper in which Bruce Willis' character tells Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character that, basically, any discussion of time travel would invariably become too far drawn out, too complicated, and would eventually lead to some big, futile production using straws as a demonstrative tool, supposedly in an effort to show skews in the timeline, illustrate alternate realities, and so on and...