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Bruce Willis' Looper Film
« on: October 03, 2012, 04:09:40 pm »
Checked this out a week ago....liked it and Willis gives you action and drama here....nice spin with the dialogue, action & acting too.  Definitely one of the better film put out this year in this genre and worth seeing for the adrenalin pumping scenes throughout most of the film.  Good story with some twists.

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Re: Bruce Willis' Looper Film
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2012, 07:29:22 am »
I agree with you. I was skeptical going in. I thought the premise was dumb. If mobsters had an advanced technology like time travel it seemed odd that they couldn't find a way to dispose of a body. But I decided to just go with it and the film turned out to be pretty enjoyable.

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Re: Bruce Willis' Looper Film
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2012, 06:39:32 pm »
Yes, agree it was fun. I too was wondering why the criminals couldn't just whack someone in the future and transport the body back in time, as opposed to transporting the living victim into the past to be shot by a looper. Ohhh well, had they done that, the premise of the film would have been shot too, haha.

You can't get too nuts with the "time travel paradox" stuff, which doesn't make any sense in the context of the film, but at least twice two characters stated (really to the audience) not to think about how time travel works, because it is "complicated" and doesn't make sense. So I just went with that.

By the way, the "present" in the film is around 30 years in the future, with time travel discovered some decades after that.

Oh, by the way ... Emily Blunt. You really wouldn't know she isn't American, her accent was so good. And with the blond hair, I actually forgot that it was Ms. Blunt until one of my kids reminded me after the film, haha. My son said too much time was spent on Ms. Blunt without adding a lot to the story. I responded that it was important story and character development. He just looked at me and rolled his eyes, "Riiight Dad. We know ..."

If you don't see it in the theater, since it is really not a special effects movie, so you can wait until it comes out on DVD or Netflix, in my opinion.

P.S. I thought the nudity (minor characters) was totally gratuitous and unnecessary. Reminded me of films from the 1980s, when they threw it in just to get the R rating.
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Re: Bruce Willis' Looper Film
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2012, 11:09:03 am »
LOOPER
2012
Film District/TriStar Pictures
Written and Directed by Rian Johnson
Produced by Ram Bergman and James D. Stern

It wasnít until I got back home and was able to look up information on LOOPER that I realized that the director of this movie also wrote and directed ďBrick.Ē Now that really threw me for a loop (sorry, couldnít resist) because I loved ďBrickĒ and thought it highly original and couldnít take my eyes off the screen while watching it. But in the case of LOOPER I kept thinking of other movies such as ďThe TerminatorĒ and ďThe FuryĒand looking at my watch wondering when it was going to be over with.

Joe Simmons (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) works as a Looper in the year 2044. His job is a simple and extremely lucrative one. In the year 2074 time travel has been invented and then promptly outlawed. Organized crime bosses get hold of the technology and use it to send people they want killed back in time to 2044 where a Looper waits to dispose of them. The job comes with one hell of a retirement clause. When a Looperís time is up in 2074 heís sent back in time to be killed by his younger self in 2044.

This is the dilemma that faces Joe when his older self (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time. But Old Joe manages to escape. He explains to Young Joe that in 2074 thereís a criminal mastermind called The Rainmaker who is closing all Looper contracts. Old Joe sent himself back in time and intends to find The Rainmaker who in 2044 is a ten year old child. Old Joe intends to kill him, thereby changing the future and preventing the murder of Old Joeís wife.  Young Joe really doesnít care. Heís happy with his life the way it is and as long as Old Joe is still alive heís on the run from his boss Abe (Jeff Daniels) who himself is from future and manages the Loopers. Abe has his elite crew of enforcers, The Gat Men who are hunting both Young and Old Joe.

Thanks to a piece of a map he manages to get from Old Joe, Joe has the location of one of Old Joeís targets, a boy named Cid (Pierce Gagnon) who lives on a farm with his mother Sara (Emily Blunt.) Sara isnít inclined to let Joe stay at all but heís able to persuade her that they need his protection. Turns out that they may all need protection from Cid who possesses incredibly powerful telekinetic powers that enable him to strip flesh from bone with just a thought.  Will Cidís power tip the scales in Joeís favor when it comes time for the showdown between Old Joe and Young Joe? And can Cidís power protect him from Old Joe who is convinced he will grow up to become The Rainmaker?
LOOPER has gotten wonderful reviews and I canít help but think that maybe itís me thatís got it wrong as plenty of reviewers see something in the movie that simply escapes me. The movie takes itself far too seriously for my taste. It sets up a wonderful situation but takes it into a dour and dark direction that I really didnít like. I was looking forward to a lot more between Old and Young Joe and didnít get it. Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have a surprisingly short amount of screen time together.

And maybe itís just me but it seemed to me that certainly there must be more efficient ways of killing people and disposing of their bodies than sending them back in time. I also didnít like how the movie abruptly changes gears halfway through and almost becomes a brand new movie with all new characters by the time we get to the farmhouse. Then we have to be dragged back to the movie that we started watching forty-five minutes ago so that everything can be rushed to the conclusion. Itís not even exhilarating to see Bruce Willis mowing down hoards of Gat Men with a pair of machine guns as you would think it would be. And thatís because I got the impression that somebody just up and thought there should be a scene of Bruce Willis with machine guns in each hand because itís expected. And donít get me started on the Ďromanceí between Joe and Sara which makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

As does the whole subplot of Cid having telekinetic abilities. Early on in the movie weíre told that due to some random mutation, 10% of the population has telekinetic powers. Most people can barely lift a quarter or a Zippo lighter but Cid can destroy whole houses if he gets pissed off enough.

Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Iím willing to give a pass on this one because Iíve enjoyed their work so much in past movies. But Iím still disappointed in both of their performances. The wonderfully named Piper Perabo is wasted in her miniscule role as Young Joeís showgirl girlfriend. Pierce Gagnan is actually quite good as Cid and heís got a really nice scene with Gordon-Levitt where he explains his family background while tinkering with electronic gizmos heís built himself. What little humor there is in the movie comes from Jeff Daniels. He kept me chuckling with his sly hints to people on a course of action that they should take and when they question him on why they should do that, he sighs wearily and says, ďIím from the future, remember?Ē

So should you see LOOPER? Iíd advise waiting until it comes to Netflix or DVD. If youíre really curious, try to catch a matinee showing where you donít have to pay full price. It could just be that I was looking for a different type of movie and didnít get it which accounts for my disappointment. I will say that this isnít simply an action movie in sci-fi drag so if you are in the mood for a serious piece of science fiction in your current movie diet then LOOPER may be just your main course.

118 minutes
Rated R

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Re: Bruce Willis' Looper Film
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2012, 04:54:20 pm »
side note:  I could see Bruce Willis playing Cable in an X-Men film.
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Re: Bruce Willis' Looper Film
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2012, 08:37:47 pm »
Derrick, I agree with you, in thinking about it, that Looper really is a good choice for Netflix. In hindsight, all my family members who saw the film with me were "ho hum" about it. I don't understand why it would receive rave reviews, though at the same time I have to say that I enjoyed it while in the theater. It just isn't memorable, in my opinion.
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Re: Bruce Willis' Looper Film
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2012, 07:35:08 am »
Derrick, I agree with you, in thinking about it, that Looper really is a good choice for Netflix. In hindsight, all my family members who saw the film with me were "ho hum" about it. I don't understand why it would receive rave reviews, though at the same time I have to say that I enjoyed it while in the theater. It just isn't memorable, in my opinion.

Yeah...it's not that it's a bad movie at all. It's just not quite what I was looking for at that particular time.

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Re: Bruce Willis' Looper Film
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2013, 06:55:00 am »
I've been wanting to see this film since it's release, but finally caught it.  MAN, that was good!  Like CHRONICLE, this new generation of sci-fi films really satisfies. Very smartly written and directed, and good performances throughout.