Looper

Looper: when time-travel is invented the mafia use it to send people back in time to be killed by hitmen called ‘Loopers’. The first 30 minutes of Looper is a stunning, high-concept, fast-paced, interesting sci-fi/physics thriller; last 15 minutes is an action-packed, satisfying finale; the problem lies in the middle hour, which is a bog-standard – stretched-out – farmyard drama, where any notion of sci-fi takes a back seat. The future is sensibly crafted, rooted in today’s world but with more decay/poverty – the setting, technology and small details are great at fleshing out the era. Not unlike Brick, there’s a bit of a retro/Noir vibe running through the props, locations, names etc. JGL absolutely steals the show, not only with a solid performance, but by convincingly echoing the mannerisms of a young Bruce Willis – even if the make-up looked way more like Buster Keaton. For a while, I thought that Looper was going to out-do Primer, but it went off-track for far too long. There’s no arguing that there’s a great concept at the heart of the movie, however it feels like the balance between sci-fi and drama had been made less even in order to widen the film’s appeal. Would have been an unbeatable 80/90-minute hard sci-fi film, but at 2 hours it feels unnecessarily long.

Score: 5.5/10

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10 comments
  1. Nostra said:

    Surprised by the low score. Still have to see the movie myself, but I’m still looking forward to it since I’m a big fan of time travel movies.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      The low score is mostly because the middle-hour has nothing much to do with Sci-Fi or Timetravel. :(

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  2. Sorry you didn’t absofuckinglutely love this one. I sure did!!

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  3. Probably the lowest score I’ve seen on this man but fine write-up nonetheless. I’ve yet to get around to it.

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    • The lowest score you’ve seen because you didn’t see Awesomely Shitty’s review. http://awesomelyshitty.wordpress.com/2012/10/05/looper-pooper/

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Did you ever get round to this? Would be interesting to see what you gave it!

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      • I did eventually get onto it. I gave it 4 stars. I liked it but it wasn’t the classic I was somehow expecting.

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  4. Nice review. I’m glad to see that someday else noticed this movie had serious problems. Every other blogger was too busy fellating the movie to notice.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Love how you’re not afraid to stick the boot in either! No point in praising a film just because everyone else it…

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  5. Agree w this review. The middle sagged harder than Rosanne Barr’s cuntlips.

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