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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi loopy nuts are we - if you don't like spoilers don't read me
Set in the near future Looper is the story of Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a man with a gun, paid in silver bars to shoot dead those people sent back in time for assassination by a powerful criminal organisation. This is possible because although time travel has not been invented in Joe’s time (let’s call him Joe1, you’ll see why later) it has been...
Published 19 months ago by M. O. HAYNES

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars House of cards
Looper is a rather odd, uneven movie. It is as if the writer/director had a reasonable idea for a time travel tale, and a half formed idea for a telekinesis film, and decided to shove them together.

The basic concept is that Joe, played by Joseph Gordon Leavitt has been recruited by a mafia boss sent backwards in time by 30 years from 2074 to carry out hits on...
Published 8 months ago by P. G. Harris


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly clever, 26 May 2014
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Roberto (Norwich, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Looper (Amazon Instant Video)
As always, time travel causes some mess with the storyline, but in this case it's by no means a deal breaker. The story is clever and not predictable, I'd say this is the best sci-fi film I've seen in a very long time.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Closed Loop or Open Question?, 5 May 2013
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There is something about Philip K. Dick's short stories make great movies. From Minority Report, Total Recall, Paycheck, The Adjustment Bureau, something about ideas in his novels, but particularly his short tales, that seems to make them perfect for expanding into larger movies. That said they often undergo a change of tone in hollywood's hands. Blade Runner lost it's Mercer Boxes and electric sheep to become a film noir that focused on what it meant to live (not that I'm complaining, what a movie!) The original short story that became The Adjustment Bureau was focused on the disturbing thought that some faceless Bureaucrat somewhere was auditing your life, where the hollywood version made it a love story, where the adjusters were angels (and the Chairman, by implication, God).

Looper feels like a Philip K. Dick story. It's disturbing, it's not neat or even necessarily logical (`...that's an exact description of a fuzzy mechanism'). It has a menace to it and the ending offers hope, but no guarantees. It portrays a sort of rundown American future of the 1950s, with a modern drug scene controlled by a powerful organised crime syndicate whose future influence is already being felt. It is not a buddy movie where young Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his older self (Bruce Willis) take on the world and right wrongs. The real point of this story is a philosophical question. If you could travel back in time to when Hitler was a child, would you kill him? What would your answer say about you?

There are great performances throughout this movie from Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels (great as a horribly efficient, world weary gangster from the future) and Noah Segan who veers from amusing to horrifying as incompetent enforcer Kid Blue (implying that much of the evil in the world is caused by anger, fear and disappointment rather than by nihilistic hatred). Bruce Willis proves what a good actor he is by making an unsympathetic role understandable, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a compelling leading man.

The Bluray release has excellent with great picture and sound, and the steelbook version is a thing of beauty.

Some reviewers have complained that the ending is inconsistent. I disagree. The mistake that characters make throughout the movie is thinking that just one more death will sort things out. Young Joe's actions in the last scene are not only a logical consequence of situation (the limitations of the 'Blunderbuss' weapon are discussed at several points in the film), but a philosophical statement that a cycle of violence cannot end until someone decides not to strike back. Making that choice does not guarantee a happy outcome, in this film or real life, but in the end it's the only course of action that offers one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very very bad sound balance for a bluray., 3 Jun 2014
This review is from: Looper [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This is a good innovative movie with an original storyline.
However, as with numerous other blurays, the sound balance is a huge letdown.
It seems bluray manufacturers only concentrate on the sound quality of the special
effects, eg. gunshots, moving car or ship engine sounds, explosions, thunderous
roars of monsters, etc...
The dialogue audibility is totally ignored. I am glad other reviewers also commented
on this aspect of the Looper bluray. There were many parts of the speech moments
when you could not hear what the actors were saying; it was virtually like silent whispers.
You have to turn the volume way up to slightly discern what the hell was spoken!!
When the gunshots happen after this scene, then you had it, as the bloody loud horrendous
gunshot sounds or the background music score can even bring an office block down.
Blurays like Avatar and Elysium had very well sound balance where dialogue and the special
sound effects were rightly tuned to one's enjoyment. The special effects sound in these blurays
did not have to be overbearing, and yet they were loud enough with bass power to beautifully
accentuate the sounds of gunshots, explosions, etc...
I have read alot of reviewers comments on the horrible inaudibility of dialogues in blurays, but
why do we paying customers have to suffer this damn blight caused by the studios who made
these blurays.
There is a short commentary in the making of the "Das Boots" bluray which explained that the
volume of the speech level actually could be adjusted by the bluray makers during the manufacturing
stage.
This may necessitate extra cost, which apparently the manufacturers are not willing to spend on.
It is as if the studios are treating us like 5 year olds, or even mobsters and gangsters who only know
how to appreciate the thunderous booming special effects sounds, but do not understand or
require the speech aspect of the film.
At the cinemas, the sound balance of the movies are crystal clear. Thus there is no excuse why
blurays can only attain good picture quality, but very bad sound quality.
Years from now, the blurays will get this defect cleared. But then, we the paying customers would
look like fools for having paid a high price for a lousy product now.
The low one star rating reflects the very poor audio quality of the bluray, but the film itself is good.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film, average disc., 10 July 2013
This review is from: Looper [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Enjoyed this title, no question one of the better sci-fi/time-travel yarns I've seen in recent years.

As for the Blu-ray, well, some things are not quite as they should be. Picture quality is very good indeed, maybe a little over-exposed in some scenes but probably down to the source material. The audio on the other hand is dynamic...maybe too dynamic for my tastes. Dialogue was often too soft, and the score and sound effects are way too loud - I was frequently reaching for my remote to adjust the volume between scenes.

Extras consist of the usual promotional fluff, nothing to get too excited about. There's also an annoying Maltesers advert to contend with before the menu comes up - this sort of rubbish on a non-rental disc is unforgivable. At least it's easily skipped (unlike some other titles), but it places Entertainment One on my list of UK distributors to avoid in future, along with Optimum.

So a five-star film on a three-star disc. If you have a region A-capable player, get the Sony release instead, if only to avoid having to watch tacky TV adverts on a disc you paid for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars get a drink before you sit down to watch becasue you'll want to watch this to the end, 15 Aug 2014
This review is from: Looper [DVD] (DVD)
brilliant fast paced stops me getting up for a cuppa because I have to keep watching it. original storyline. excellent.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing premise, dumb execution, 23 Mar 2014
This review is from: Looper (Amazon Instant Video)
I wanted to like this film, I like stupid science fiction, but god this was stupid. If you even comprehend any idea of time travel you will see this is a stupid piece of crap. I can't be bothered describing it, it just is, it doesn't seem to follow any of the common laws of time travel. Nevermind the paradox of meeting yourself, but when a looper gets sent back in time and escapes, and the young version of himself gets caught and tortured, the wounds appear on the old version of him. Which is fine, relatively, except that knowing you're going to kill yourself doesn't seem to affect anything. Nobody seems to care that time travel hasn't been invented yet but they won't stop talking about it. When the future looper is sent back and escapes, wouldn't it make sense to reason with the young version and work together? Because if they get caught, you die effectively, it doesn't matter. Which just makes it even more confusing, What was the point of trying to find the old looper, when surely killing his young self would kill him too? It makes no sense. No explanation as to why Joe doesn't die from a 12 gauge to the chest, why bother threatening him with a shot that barely breaks the skin. At least the future looper not being able to "remember" the past makes some sense or at least accounts for them not knowing what happens. Gordon Levitt's character design is incredibly awful, he looks like his eyebrows have been plucked and he's been all done up with makeup, Willis isn't particularly stellar either with his bushy grey side hair. Also talking child is very creepy. The whole telekenesis thing just seems like an afterthought just so the protagonist would have a reason to kill himself. Pretty much a waste of at least an hour after Joe finds the child, from then on it is stupid and boring
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 26 April 2014
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This review is from: Looper [DVD] (DVD)
Half way through didn't think Id like it but by the end I realised its a good movie clever and inventive and worth a look recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars really good film to watch and good, 24 April 2014
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I like this film as the action was fantastics . the feauture was marvelouse and i enjoy this film to watch
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies out there, 10 April 2014
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This review is from: Looper (Amazon Instant Video)
Looper has a great sci-fi story and brilliant direction. There are no really slow moments and the film has plenty of action and challenges your intelligence with the constant reference to time throughout.

With top name in Bruce Willis starring Looper pushes every button with an underlying horror aspect to add to the sci-fi blend.

One of the best movies I've seen in many years!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great, 3 April 2014
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bought for son in law for xmas, was only £5 so good value....intereting film , you would have to watch it to understand.
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