'Looper' Review By thedude-abides

The Terminator meets Road to Perdition
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Time travel hasn't been invented in the year 2044, but it will have been in the not-too-distant future. That's not too difficult to understand, right? It gets better. In a dismal future in which time travel will have been invented and thus deemed illegal (go figure), victims of the mob are targeted and sent back through time to be disposed of by assassins known as "loopers." Make sense now?

For those unfamiliar with director Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom), take note. The dude is big time. Looper finds Johnson once again reunited with actor Joseph Gordon Levitt. The duo first teamed up in 2006 for the brilliantly conceived high-school noir, Brick. Cut to six years later, and the result is the same.

Levitt plays Joe, looper and everyman looking to save up enough bars of silver (the accepted currency for loopers, apparently) to one day quit the life of an assassin and move to France where he can live out the rest of his days in peace and tranquility.

That is until a crime lord known as The Rainmaker rises to power in the future and decides to "close everyone's loop," thus sending loopers from the future back through time to be disposed of by their younger selves (now that's what I call a pink slip).

So when Joe's future self-in-me (Bruce Willis) is sent back through time as his next target, he must try to eliminate him in order to be able to live out his next 30 years before history repeats itself and he eventually ends up dying at the hands of his younger self all over again, or something to that effect.

If Drive was the breakout movie of 2011, Looper is for 2012. And just like it's 2011 counterpart, it's the film (at least as far as the average filmgoer is concerned) that will henceforth be responsible for catipulting Levitt and Johnson to the ranks of the elite, a la Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn in 2011.

Going into the film, Levitt was on record as saying Looper was to be the most important film of his career to date. One doesn't have to be from the future to see he was right.

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Comments (16)

  1. SirBrandon

    Nicely put my friend. This film could be my favorite of 2012....just like Drive was in 2011!

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  2. thedude-abides

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Yeah, man. Just let me know whenever the thing comes back around.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  3. Nicholaus XX

    @thedude-abides -- Hey, man, would you mind waiting? They took out the refer-a-friend column and replaced it for the month for a Halloween "treat" special. I could refer you on my other accounts, but they won't give me nearly as many credits.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  4. thedude-abides

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Yeah, I'll need the link again.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  5. Nicholaus XX

    @thedude-abides -- That'll work! If you need me to hand you another link, let me know.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  6. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @thedude-abides I gave Lawless a 4 for crudeness and Guy Pearce's malevolent performance. Haven't rated Moonrise yet.

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  7. thedude-abides

    @bawnian-dexeus What did you rate Lawless and Moonrise?

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  8. thedude-abides

    @bawnian-dexeus Awesome. I'll keep an eye out.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  9. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @thedude-abides I'm tackling Lawless (Finally) and will have Master up and running tomorrow morning. Hopefully with Moonrise as well

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  10. thedude-abides

    @bawnian-dexeus Will do. Thanks again. Any word on when your Master review will be up?

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  11. thedude-abides

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Thanks, man. And I haven't forgotten about registering on Bing! I've just been swamped lately. I'll make it a point to do it this weekend.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  12. thedude-abides

    Thx, @bawnian-dexeus. Since my Bellflower review, I really found I like using this style for my reviews.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  13. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Short, sweet, to the point, no sight of spoilers and yet gives more excitement than prior trailers?

    Not Bad

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag