Tomatometer Watch: Looper

by | September 10, 2012 | Comments



Rian Johnson’s name has been bandied about the blogosphere as a director to watch, all the way since he shot Brick (2005) and his follow-up, The Brothers Bloom (2009). For his third film, Looper, Johnson returns to his debut’s neo-noir roots, now adding a sci-fi time travel twist. Joesph Gordon-Levitt stars as a “looper,” an in the year 2044 employed by a mafia located in 2077. The mafia sends enemies back to Gordon-Levitt’s time, whom he murders and then disposes of the bodies. But what happens when his future self (Bruce Willis) gets sent back in time for extermination?

Looper has been drawing early rave reviews, more than matching Brick’s and far surpassing The Brothers Bloom. Here’s what the critics are saying so far:

Brian Tallerico of “It is personal, dark, daring, weird, and refreshingly unique. It is also one of the best sci-fi films of the last several years.”

Amy Nicholson of Boxoffice Magazine: “The coolest, most-confident sci-fi flick since 2006’s Children of Men.”

Peter Debruge of Variety: “[Rian Johnson’s] grandly conceived, impressively mounted third feature shows a giddy, geeky interest in science-fiction, then forces it into the back seat and lets the multidimensional characters drive.”

Katey Rich of “Creates a world so lively and well-wrought I’d happily see a dozen more movies set there.”

So there you have it. It looks like fans of Rian Johnson and hard sci-fi have much to look forward to this month (hell, Dredd 3D also just went Certified Fresh today). Looper is out September 28 in theaters everywhere.

Tag Cloud

FX Pixar X-Men Summer finale Masterpiece El Rey mutant Biopics aliens Paramount Network boxoffice CBS science fiction Shondaland Fantasy psycho Set visit transformers Fox News Awards ITV Sony Pictures Year in Review Spring TV Interview Sundance Emmys Starz YA Action National Geographic zombies Marvel Rock sitcom TCM E3 Super Bowl TLC Christmas VH1 police drama binge Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Mystery Acorn TV 45 political drama FXX Ghostbusters SDCC adventure what to watch Sci-Fi Grammys APB 2017 Cosplay USA Superheroes 007 21st Century Fox Lucasfilm thriller Disney Channel Disney A&E OWN Winter TV diversity Freeform Bravo based on movie Valentine's Day dceu politics ABC Family CW Seed ratings Musical Showtime Opinion American Society of Cinematographers DirecTV spy thriller TV cults RT History Drama Adult Swim Teen historical drama Star Wars Amazon Creative Arts Emmys talk show ESPN Columbia Pictures Syfy ABC TNT Netflix streaming DC streaming service The Arrangement Sundance Now Tomatazos Calendar HBO Esquire period drama 2016 NBC Thanksgiving First Look Nat Geo DC Universe TruTV Reality Ovation USA Network Extras Fall TV Premiere Dates DC Comics TIFF PBS Horror LGBTQ Watching Series cats TV Land Mary Tyler Moore Toys Spike crime PaleyFest Dark Horse Comics History Martial Arts harry potter TCA 2017 Polls and Games Certified Fresh cops Video Games Apple supernatural comiccon war MTV Mindy Kaling Star Trek dramedy Holidays Best and Worst FOX Logo SXSW cinemax Box Office composers Hulu Universal The CW Schedule Nickelodeon President BBC Cartoon Network Crackle Lifetime vampires GLAAD Pirates dc GoT sports Reality Competition Paramount zombie 20th Century Fox Walt Disney Pictures VICE Western Writers Guild of America YouTube Red Country singing competition Rom-Com Comic Book cooking medical drama biography CBS All Access Marathons romance IFC Pop Music Warner Bros. Character Guide travel discovery Superheroe Nominations justice league AMC Animation TCA Red Carpet docudrama festivals MSNBC Lionsgate Tumblr IFC Films Comedy BET Oscars Trivia CMT Food Network Kids & Family Trailer serial killer Infographic E! NYCC unscripted crime thriller BBC America Comedy Central CNN SundanceTV TBS golden globes Election crossover Musicals WGN Countdown Rocky See It Skip It social media Photos Ellie Kemper Sneak Peek robots crime drama technology Winners Podcast 2015 Britbox hist 24 frames GIFs