Written September 24, 2014
Inception was heady and complex — and made you work to follow along. Looper, on the other hand, is easier to consume on its face, but manages to weave in its own subtle complex character that keep you wondering what'll happen next throughout.
The film is fairly atmospheric, vibrating back and forth between calm scenes in a warm Chinese home to scenes in a Gotham-esque urban environment to an isolated country farmhouse surrounded by cane fields. This diversity of environments is refreshing, and helps to maintain context.
The characters are well developed; the dialogue solid. It's hard to get enough of Emily Blunt.
The biggest complaint would probably be weighed against young Joe's make-up. I couldn't help noticing it in every scene. I mean, I get the idea was to make him look "more like" the elder Joe (Bruce Willis) but it kind of got in the way of an otherwise well done cyberdrama.
Written October 05, 2012
What is it about time travel that is so hypnotic, magnetic, romantic? The possibility of rectifying past errors? Reclaiming the "one who got away"? Or just the supernatural, infallible power of "knowing", and possibly "altering" destiny?
Time travel has been a pervasive genre, informing contemporary film and literature: "Time After Time", "Terminator", "Donnie Darko", "Groundhog Day" (crippling, anesthetizing redundancy), "Back to the Future"; Audrey Niffenegger's "The Time Traveler's Wife" (also a movie) and most recently Robert Koppel's "The Next Step: A Gobsmacking Odyssey of Reinvention", tempting, teasing versions of mind and body tackling and overcoming matter.
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Written September 30, 2012
I confess. I'm one of those who predict movies while I watch them. Not this one - it was brilliant. Cant sort the good guys from the bad, every character has a journey.
Written January 31, 2015
It's nothing like inception! This is a great sci fi movie that keeps your attention for the whole duration. Loved the little details like the mazda miata! I would give it two thumbs up.
Written August 01, 2014
Technically speaking, this movie is science fiction in that it has a science-fiction premise (time-travel) which makes some of the plot (for 'plot' read bang-bang) happen.
Sadly for anyone who isn't one of the mouth-breathers for which the movie was intended, writing time-travel and making it work requires a brilliant premise written by a writer clever enough to close all the conceptual holes.
This just didn't happen in Looper. Looper is nicely shot with a lot of good-looking cinematography and some nice acting but the main ideas? Whoa!