Thursday, October 11, 2012

Looper Movie Review and Thoughts for Thursday

Looper Movie Review 

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What can I say about Looper? I LOVED it! Everything about it was WONDERFUL!

In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe, who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by transporting back Joe's future self. (Summary from

Okay, so Looper is set in the futuristic dystopian society of 2044. Sometime after that time travel is invented, but immediately outlawed because of its ethical ramifications. Because the technology of 2074 is so good, it's virtually impossible to hide a body once a crime has been committed, so the mob takes control of time travel and transports people they want killed back to the present where assassins, known as Loopers, are waiting to fire the kill shot and bury the body. The Loopers are well-paid, and the police of the future can't find the dead body because it's no longer in that time to find.

Joe, played by Joseph Gordan-Levitt lives a high life of kill, party, get high, hang with beautiful women, and show up for the next hit. It's an unending cycle. Then he starts to notice that many of the Loopers are having their loops closed. What this means is that the mob sends the hit man a target that is actually him, thirty years in the future. In essence, they kill themselves before they realize it's their future self, and then they simply know that in thirty years, they'll be dead. Creepy, right? This isn't an uncommon practice, but Joe starts to realize that nearly ALL the loopers are having their loops closed.

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Then, it happens to him. He goes to the right spot to do a hit, and the target is late getting there, which is weird. With time travel, everyone should ALWAYS be on time. When the target finally shows up, it's his thirty-years-older self (played by the always-entertaining Bruce Willis). His older self gets the best of him, and the chase is on!

We also learn of a man in the future known only as the Rainmaker (*always said in ominous whisper*) who is dangerous, powerful, brutal, and trying to take control of the world. He's the one closing the loops. So, the older Joe (Bruce Willis) decides to kill the Rainmaker, who will only be a child in this time period, so he can't do terrible things in the future. Meanwhile, young Joe (Joseph Gordan-Levitt) is trying to head off and kill his older self before the mob kills him for letting his mark get away.

It's a very complicated plot, but not at all difficult to follow when you're watching it. And then when you meet the kid who actually IS the Rainmaker--wholly freakin' cow! This is a movie that turns ethics on its head and makes you go, "Whoa! What would you even do in that situation!"

I loved every minute of this movie. The conflict was beyond epic, the action amazing, the plot unpredictable, and the characters hopelessly flawed. I loved the ending as well. It was satisfying but still left you wondering about a few things, and contemplating a TON of things, which I think is what any great scifi or dystopian should do. :D

This movie has an R rating and for good reason. The violence was mild to heavy. For the most part it wasn't blood-and-guts too much, but it was more about the personal nature of the assassinations. Quite disturbing. There is a little bit of female nudity, and the language isn't over the top, but definitely more than is allowed in a PG-13. If you can do the content, I'd HIGHLY recommend this one. It's a story that will leave you thinking about it for days!

On effects: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Looks a little goofy in it; just not like himself. That's because they put TONS of make-up on him to make him look like a younger Bruce Willis. It looks kind of weird, but I actually think they accomplished their aim. He definitely looks like a younger Bruce Willis. Still pictures don't capture it very well. You have to see the film to get the full effect.

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Thoughts for Thursday is a new meme hosted by Musings on Fantasia and LKHill.  In this meme, we 
share thoughts or quotes that we know or have recently come across. Each week there is a specific subject or theme. These can be quotes from books, quotes by famous people, (quotes by YOU, perhaps ;D). Anything from anywhere is game, though we do ask that you keep your quote to a few sentences at most. Don't quote, for example, entire passages of a book or essay. These can be funny quips, cool sayings, hair-raising antidotes, movie lines, any kind of quote you can think of!

Readers may respond by either commenting on the quote I put forward or contributing a quote of their own. I'll include a linky list, or you can just respond in the comments. 
(Didn't do this this week but I'll start linkys up again next week. Just comment and if you want to participate, put a link to your blog in your comment! Thanks! :D)

Just have fun, collect awesome sayings by awesome people, and try to be inspired!   

This week's theme is justice.

"In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?" --St. Augustine
"I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." --Barry Goldwater
"The truth is that parents aren't interested in justice. They want quiet!" --Bill Cosby
"I will not attempt to deny the resonableness and necessity of a party war; but in carrying on that war all principles and rules of justice should not be departed from." --Robert Walpole
" a kind of compact not to harm or be harmed." --Epicurus

What do you think of these quotes? Agree/Disagree? Do you have a favorite? Do you have a quote to contribute?

Happy Thursday, Everyone!


  1. Bill Cosby's is funny!
    I liked Looper for all the same reasons. Very intelligent movie. And that one scene with the Rainmaker kid and the hitman in the house... whoa!

    1. I know right? Totally crazy! Thanks for stopping by! :D

  2. I like the Goldwater quote (2nd one) because it reflects just how hard it can be for justice to be defined.

    Tanya Patrice

    1. I like that one a lot, too. Thanks Tanya! :D

  3. The cast is great, especially JGL who has been having a stellar career so far, but the plot it what really kept me interested as it continued to throw twist-after-twist at me, without any confusion whatsoever. It’s a great sci-fi flick that actually makes sense. Good review Liesel.

  4. Great review! I've heard nothing but good things about this movie. And the trailer is pretty incredible :-)

    Micheline @

  5. I also loved Looper!! When I left the cinema all I could think about was what it all meant. It was a bit of an Inception lol.

    They put prosthetic's on Joseph Gordon-Levitt's face to make him look more like Bruce Willis, I read somewhere that it took three hours everyday!! That's crazy. I also loved just how much Joseph had Bruce Willis' mannerism's down! And the way he held himself, moved, turned, ran, the way he looked at someone. I really found that uncanny and incredibly cool. They must have worked together for quite a while to get it down!