The Grade Book: “Looper”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looper

Plot: In 2044, a “looper” (assassin) named Joe must try and track down and kill an older version of himself (from the 2070s) after he lets the target get away.

Director: Rian Johnson. 

Writer: Rian Johnson. 

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels, and Pierce Gagnon. 

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller.

Running Time: 1 hour and 58 minutes.

MPAA Rating: R.

 

WE LIVE FILM GRADE AVERAGE: A-

AMOUNT OF REVIEWS IN GRADE BOOK: 15

SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: Looper is a well-crafted, intelligent, and exciting sci-fi/action film. The cast is excellent and the visuals are impressive, but the way writer-director Rian Johnson goes about the film is what really makes it special.

REVIEWS:

  • Christian Becker:

Grade: A-

A quieter, but intense, action film with a plot you will not expect. The concept alone is worth giving it a shot, and if you do, you will not be disappointed. This original and well-thought out movie is one of the best of the year.

  • Joe Cauwel:

Grade: A-

The best science fiction film of the year.

  • Tyler Christian:

Grade: A-

A stunning sci-fi spectacle highlighted by two stellar lead performances by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, and handled with incredibly stylish ease by hotshot filmmaker Rian Johnson.

  • Ryan Fecskovics:

Grade: B

Great visuals and a concept that is fascinating, but there are pacing issues and a screenplay that lacks from time to time (I made a pun?). Anyways, it is a good film to watch. And also showcases another great performance from the lovely Emily Blunt.

  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):

 

Grade: A

This is why I go to the movies in the first place! Thanks be to all who made this film!

  • Leah Hather (Bright Eyes Long Lashes):

Grade: B

A good sci-fi film with a great concept. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is what makes the film!

  • James Michael Holtz (WeWatchedAMovie):

Grade: B

A well-made time travel action flick with great special effects and awesome performances all around — even if it’s hard to find any characters with a heart worth really rooting for.

  • Steven Hunt:

Grade: A+

One of the best sci-fi movies since…….well ever. I was blown away watching this. Gordon-Levitt is fantastic; he looks, acts, and sounds like Bruce Willis. Willis is even better, giving a performance that had me behind his character from the moment he appears on screen. Johnson’s overall direction, from visuals to writing to cinematography, is fantastic. I believe this will go on to be one of the most remembered sci-fi’s of this generation.

  • Zachary S. Marsh:

Grade: A

A smart, well-made, and original time travel movie that has superb acting and so many unexpected twists. Definitely one of the year’s best movies, and something I need to see again

  • Scott Menzel:

Grade: A

It’s been a while since I was blown away by an action/sci-fi film, but Looper did the trick. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is nearly unrecognizable, Emily Blunt is top-notch, and Bruce Willis does what he does best. Director Rian Johnson has crafted a film that not only entertains and excites but also makes you think. I may have praised this one a tad too much but I was blown away that it actually lived up to the hype surrounding it. While it might not be the best film of the year, I highly doubt that any action or sci-fi film will top this this year.

  • Austin Putnam:

Grade: A+

The best action/sci-fi film since Inception. The plot is easy to follow, packs in some punches, and also brings in some unexpected twists and turns. Excellent performances all around, mostly from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt. The production design of how they mixed in future times with old times was incredible. The visual style, cinematography, and special effects were just….again incredible. The pacing and score were very excellent. I can’t praise Looper enough. It’s simply a spectacular film that people need to see in the theaters.

  • Arelis Ramos (Shipper War):

Grade: C+

Amazing first act, bearable second act, awful third act. This is by far the most original sci-fi film to be the most unoriginal sci-fi film, borrowing ideas from many previous and very current popular films to the point that it’s hard to not take notice of these ideas sprinkled all over the film while watching it. Whatever charm this film had, it was quickly lost once the story was shifted to a story about a mother and her child — a story that was hardly developed, leaving you with zero emotional attachments to the outcome of their story.

  • Daniel Rester:

Grade: B+

I really enjoyed Rian Johnson’s Looper, but I wanted to love it. The film has a strong cast (Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis are dynamite), arresting visuals, and an intelligent script. The story also has many unexpected turns, and I was fascinated by how Johnson explored his various themes (including the effects of mother-son relationships on men). However, the film is a bit cold-blooded and loses some of its steam towards the second half. And some of its ideas just don’t fully click. It is still leagues above many modern, dumbed-down sci-fi films, though, and highly worth watching.

  • Brandt Sohn (Film Recall Sohn):

Grade: A+

An intelligent science fiction thrill ride. Fantastic performance from Joseph Gordon-Levitt as he perfectly mimics every facial expression that Bruce Willis gives off. Willis is as great as ever and Emily Blunt definitely holds her own by giving another good performance. The visuals are outstanding and deserve award nominations. The screenplay is well-crafted, original, engaging, and kept me guessing. Looper may become a science fiction classic.

  • Delon Villanueva: 

Grade: B+

A solid and refreshingly original sci-fi thriller that’s not too far off from being excellent. Rian Johnson sacrifices blatant action for emotional visuals and deeply engaging dialogue between Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. Although it doesn’t fully deliver on what it promises, it’s still much appreciated for its genuine film-making.

 

 

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