I found myself dreaming of the days when Willis would take a rest from Die Hard-ing to do character cameos of unexpected depth and pathos: Pulp Fiction, Nobody's Fool, and a few others. Now he clings to stoic longevity, and shoots people.
Yes, it's a B movie sci-fi thriller, but not many prestige pictures have this much going on underneath the surface.
That first hour cooks. And the second hour brings Emily Blunt into the story, which is a fine thing for any second half to offer.
If the whole thing leaves you rubbing your temples, just a bit... well, this headache's sort of worth it.
The reasoning behind all this may not reward prolonged inspection, but Johnson is smart enough to press onward with his plot, leaving us with neither the time nor the desire to linger over the logic ...
Writer-director Rian Johnson establishes himself as an original talent who clearly believes storytelling must prevail.
A mind-bending ride that is not afraid to slow down now and again, to explore themes of regret and redemption, solitude and sacrifice, love and loss. It's a movie worth seeing and, perhaps, going back to see again.
Looper has more heart than Brick and the 2008 con-man flick The Brothers Bloom. Both fine achievements, they could also be described as viscerally cerebral.
I'm a sucker for time-travel movies.