Movie Review | Looper (2012)

In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe, who one day learns the mob wants to ‘close the loop’ by transporting back Joe’s future self.
Director: Rian Johnson
Writer: Rian Johnson
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt
(Source: IMDb.com)

Another Sci-Fi Action movie for this week! I really wanted to watch this movie! I was really interested in it during the trailer and when I saw the posters with the tag line, “Face your future, Fight your past“.

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4Visual/Special Effects: 

Okay, hold on to your horses! I did love the effects of the TKs with their telekenetic powers and all but there are some loopholes (get it loop-holes,O(≧∇≦)O ) in some parts. Though they did great and would be close to reality as much as possible. Anyways, this is as much as any action movie and the timeline isn’t too far in the future or too much of a fantasy to have any overly decorated vfx. But, hell yeah! This is one rocking movie with their effects.

3.5Audio/BGM/OST: 

Alright, action movies and all. No memorable song getting played back on my head after watching it. Though, the BGM during every chase and scene made the whole movie interesting enough for the audience. It made you feel the thrill of the hunt and the emotions of each and every character there. So the score tells it all. (^~^)

4Script:

Well, I must commend the person behind the script. It was a unique one across genres of time-travel and sci-fi conspiracy movies. Basing on the time-travel movies, this one made sure that it follows the rule of parallel universe and causalty effects but with one exception, there is no paradox (hmmm, this one is always being relayed in almost all time-travel themed movies, I wonder why it wasn’t here (@_@)>) just because you saw yourself in the past or vice versa. For the sci-fi conspiracy movies, well not too much into the governmental bodies but yes, it does involve “putting down the trashes of the future“, so I must say it does well as it says. Good job, Mr. Rian Johnson!

4.5Plot/Story: 

Well, to be honest, it was interesting on how they played out the whole looper thing and also given some kind of underlying lesson with fate, destiny, and cycle of life. This movie made me realize (hopefully, other viewers also) that the “cycle of life” happens because we are connected by one hell of a thread which I might call “fate” while we weave our way called “destiny”. As what was seen in the movie, Loopers are more of assassins sent out to kill the “trash of the future” and when the “loops are closed off”, they will be forced to kill themselves to maintain order (which you might see as “karma” or the cause and effect of something you do and will result after a long-term period). Though there might be some inconsistencies in some parts of the story, illogical as it maybe, but it’s still good. And this will be seen and explained far more when it comes to the end. It did capture my interest and it’s worth the watch.

3.5Characters: 

It’s not like I got a hatred on the characters and so I deduct a point. But, for the main character young Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) to be a junkie and a looper without any sense of justification (well, maybe selfish justification). I didn’t know how he made it to older Joe (Bruce Willis) without killing himself with drugs before seeing his wife-to-be. Oh, and some characters are too psychotic for their own good. And others, are just plain illogical, but whatever, who am I to say no to psychotic characters who make the action movies much more interesting to watch. LOL.

5Cast: 

With JGL and Bruce Willis on your screen, who am I to say anything? One word, BRILLIANT work guys! You are one hell of a team! They really have an affinity with action packed movies, so yeah! It’s a good choice in getting them for these movies. Oh! And the eyes, you might see JGL as Bruce Willis’ son anytime you like!!

4Ending: 

Not really fan of a tragic ending but as I was saying with the plot. The sacrifice made by Joe to save the Sara (Emily Blunt), was one hell of a loop. He saw what will be the result of why Cid will become who he is in the future because he will be orphaned. Though, I hope I was mistaken and Joe is still alive at the end (which I doubt, but hey the clock is still ticking), the ending gives off far more deeper ending than any other movies conclude. Good one!

4Overall: 

I do recommend this movie for all people to watch. Even if you are not fond of tragedies, you might like to try this out. I kinda like how they made the tragic moment came out a little bit more happy in the end. This is an A-OK movie!

2 responses to “Movie Review | Looper (2012)

  1. Everybody’s good, the writing is top-notch, and the direction kept me on the edge of my seat, but there was a human element that just didn’t come around full-circle for me. I really liked this movie, but I didn’t love it and that’s a bit disappointing considering all of the hype. Good review.

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