Movie Mention: Looper

4 Oct

Afternoon, readers!

I saw Looper last night, so I thought I’d give my opinion on this science-fiction thriller.

In the future, it’s nearly impossible to get rid of bodies, so the mob uses loopers–trained assassins that kill and dispose of whomever the mob sends backwards in time. Shockingly Joe, being one of these men, gets his loop closed (when his future self is sent backwards to be killed). But he isn’t the only one. Everyone’s loop is getting closed, and Joe is going to find out why.

As much as I like writing about science-fiction, action, and suspense, I am not a huge fan of watching it on the big screen. (So take my word lightly if you REALLY love movies that are like that–because it’s not really my thing).

I thought it was an AMAZING concept with a lot of potential, but, overall, the movie disappointed me. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis did a great job; however, it was more the second half of the movie that just didn’t click for me. I’m not HUGE on giving spoilers either, so don’t expect me to ruin future movies for you. That being said, I REALLY enjoyed the first half. I thought there were some in-depth perspectives and unique concepts. I suppose my biggest problem I had was that the movie didn’t seem to remain within its own reality the further it continued.

Again, if you love action films (like The Dark Knight Rises for instance) then you’ll love this movie. If you love action films with more conceptualized realities (like Inception) you might be disappointed.

Watch the trailer (or read more about it) here.

~SAT

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17 Responses to “Movie Mention: Looper”

  1. andasfortoday October 4, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    I saw this film last night, it was really interesting I can expect mixed reviews about it though. Thanks for sharing yours, I’m going to post about my experience of it soon!

    • Shannon Thompson October 4, 2012 at 9:14 am #

      Yeah. I went with five people, and three of us loved it, so I was hesitant to post something that could be read as very negative. But, all in all, I do think it was good. It just wouldn’t be something I would tell everyone I know to go see.
      ~SAT

  2. Thomas Priday October 4, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    Thanks for following my blog. 🙂

    Very nice review (sort of) for this film. Glad you liked it.

    • Shannon Thompson October 4, 2012 at 9:24 am #

      ha I warned everyone to take my opinion lightly as it is not my type of film
      ~SAT

  3. Brittany October 4, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    Oh good! I’ve been dying to hear what people think of this because I thought it sounded so interesting. I’m okay with the mixed reviews because I’d like to see it regardless and see what I think of it – but I was reading and heard from someone else that it’s EXTREMELY violent and graphic at times. I can handle some gore, but if it’s a lot of the movie, I’m not sure if I want to see it, especially in the theater. Could you give me any feedback on that? I needed someone to talk to who’s actually seen the movie haha.
    I am obsessed with time-travel fiction: books, movies, TV, anything – So I’m really interested to see this! 🙂

    • Shannon Thompson October 4, 2012 at 9:55 am #

      Of course I can, Brittany! Looper is extremely graphic at times. I would agree that there is a lot of blood and gore, and if you have a queasiness towards blood, I would not see the movie in theaters.
      One of my issues with the movie was that I didn’t feel as if that much blood was necessary (or some of the violence) to enjoy the overall plot
      ~SAT

      • Brittany October 4, 2012 at 10:01 am #

        Thanks!! Maybe I should wait to see it on video then so I can hide my face easier haha. I can usually handle some gore, but I hate when it’s like torture and stuff, which I heard that is involved too. Thanks so much for letting me know! I really appreciate it 🙂

  4. Nick Savvides October 4, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    I agree. I loved the first half of the movie, then I think it kind of went a little downhill in the second half. But overall I did find myself really enjoying it.

    Thanks for following. You blog is pretty awesome. Keep it up.

  5. lethia01 October 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    I really love the concept for this film.Despite all the iffy reviews that I’ve read for it, I’m still going to end up watching it. Thanks for posting this review!

  6. Derrick October 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    I think my disappointment with LOOPER was more my fault than anything else as I expected it to be more of an action thriller with Bruce Willis doing his usual wisecracking thing and possibly teaming up with his younger self. But it turned out to be a more thoughtful and insightful movie than that. Not a bad movie at all, just not what I expected.

    And for anybody who did see LOOPER and liked it then you should definitely check out BRICK, an earlier movie also directed by Rian Johnson and starring Joseph Gordon Levitt. It’s a Raymond Chandler/Dashiell Hammet inspired noir detective mystery set in a High School. Yeah, you read that right.

    • Shannon Thompson October 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

      I actually got an email today from a reader, suggesting “Brick,” and I’m planning on doing so as I love noir. Also, thank you for your mention of it as well.
      ~SAT

  7. bluerabbit October 4, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    Ending long form science fiction is really difficult. Novels and feature films often fall apart in the middle (even Stephen King’s). I, personally, like SF short stories and short TV episodes better, though I do love the Star Trek movies : )

  8. lwpatricks October 4, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    Thanks for reading my blog! Good to talk to other writers here. I liked Looper, it’s been a while since I’ve seen a good sci-fi flick. I believe the last one was Inception, which was a masterpiece on its own. I think i’m going to pop that in the bluray player now….

  9. emilyannbenedict October 4, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    Oh, I wish you would give us some spoilers. I’ve heard enough reviews to know that it’s just over the top violent for someone like me to enjoy, but the concept sounded interesting. I just wish I knew a little more than the general idea (or the final end would be okay with me, too) 😉

    • Shannon Thompson October 5, 2012 at 9:00 am #

      Haha I would gladly give you spoilers over email if you want. (Go to my contact page).
      ~SAT

  10. lesleyannmcintee October 4, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    I absolutely agree with you. I had even said to my friends after watching the film, that the second half didn’t do it for me. On the other hand, I will watch anything with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in it.

  11. bebepies October 5, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    I felt their was no reason to add an additional plot element to a film dealing with time travel and meeting your future self. The second half of the film was a bit of a mess to me.

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