Looper Movie Reviews
User reviews on Looper
Even though I can see why people will enjoy this movie to the hilt, I found the whole concept of willingly dying and killing others very disturbing. My boys love Joseph Gordon Levitt and I used to have a major crush on Bruce Willis, but this movie glorifies violence too much and as a parent I think we should protect our kids from thinking that it's okay to work for the mob or as an assassin. I know these are just movies, but this film makes it seem like it's totally normal to just go around killing people. I also didn't like how the movie seemed to be basically a rehash of Terminator. And Bruce Willis is getting so old now I just think it's sad when he tries to play these action hero parts. There is such a thing as knowing when to step back or retire altogether. I admit that the action sequences were well done, but there's too much gore and not enough thought in this overly violent and senseless movie.
I admit that I was kind of wary of watching this movie because it has such a funky title. Looper? It sounds like the name of a goofy cartoon dog to me...but lo, I was wrong, this is one smart and suspenseful action thriller that really gets the whole future vs past thing right. It's kind of like Back to the Future meets Die Hard, but with a twist: Joe (played by Joseph Gordon Levitt) must be killed by his future self (played by Bruce Willis) because they work as assassins for the mob. We never really are told why these assassins are so eager to be killed off, but I guess they don't care since they live and die by the rule of murder. I also think that it would have been awesome for Emily Blunt to have more of a role in the film because she's just kind of there to serve as a romantic interest for Joe and then we don't get to see too much of her. This is always a problem for women in action movies. Still, it's a very smart movie and I would recommend seeing it because I think it will be a blockbuster.
I really loved this movie! It was so freakin awesome and amazing and let me just say that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is on a tear these days with his career just flying higher than anybody else's. How did he get so lucky?? He was the kid from Third Rock from the Sun, remember? Ha! After the amazing performances he's given in 500 Days of Summer, The Dark Knight Returns, and that cancer movie, he just can't seem to go wrong these days. I think the thing that makes this movie so amazing is that it is about a guy who has to kill himself by traveling into the past. It's a weird concept but it works because the performances are so spot on. I especially loved how Gordon-Levitt was able to perfectly imitate Bruce Willis's mannerisms and voice inflections. He is really super talented and I think it won't be long before he wins an Oscar. He is just superb in everything he does.
Bruce Willis in another movie? Yup, believe it or not, this is his sixth release of 2012. Luckily, this is one of the better ones, thanks to the performances by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt who bring a freshness and (let’s just say it) youth that is usually missing from the standard Bruce Willis action flick. For an overt example of this, please watch The Expendables. (Actually, don’t: just take my word for it, it’s really bad).
This one is about an assassin named Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who works for “The Boss” (Jeff Daniels) who employs professional killers known as Loopers. Loopers are, in short, time traveling assassins who kill with a weapon known as the blunderbuss. The Looper travels through time with the victim, shoots the target, and then steps back into the future. No body to be found because it’s 30 years in the past. Brilliant, right? Sure, except when the targeted victim is the Looper himself. Ah ha!
That’s what happens when Joe encounters his future, older self (played by Bruce Willis) who has been sent into the past by a mob boss known only as “The Rainmaker” so that he can be executed by his younger self. It sounds confusing, and it kind of is, but it all quickly turns into a cat-and-mouse game when the two Joes team up and start running from the Mob. Needless to say, they don’t exactly like each other or think alike, even though they are the same person. And hat’s off to Gordon-Leviit for getting all of Willis’s trademark facial ticks and expressions down to a science.
Emily Blunt shows up halfway through as a Kansas mom who had a relationship with Joe. Did they have kids? I’m not entirely sure, because the movie offers a lot of parallel storylines that may or may not be true. In the end, it only adds to the confusion. But then, that’s part of the excitement. Looper isn’t the smartest action thriller you’ve seen, but it is definitely the most fun you’ll have at one this season. It also happens to be the best Bruce Willis movie to emerge since Moonrise Kingdom in which he also had a supporting part. I think his days as a leading man are officially over.