Looper did three things really well:

They made Joseph Gordon-Levitt look like Bruce Willis. Partially make up and mostly acting, but it was really convincing. I could definitely believe that they were the same person at different stages in their life.

They made time travel believable and consistent–at least in my eyes. As far as I understand it, when you travel through time, the time line updates itself in real time around you. So you feel the changes in “real time”. I’m not sure exactly why time travel would work this way, but it makes as much sense as any other and they more or less stay consistent with it throughout the film.

They actually surprised me. I guessed most of the plot twists, but there were still one or two that actually got me. That doesn’t happen that often.

All together, it was more than good enough to put it up in the top five. I won’t quite upset the The Dark Knight Rises, but I’ll give it an edge over Brave.

Ranked: 2012 Movie Reviews

  1. The Avengers
  2. The Cabin in the Woods
  3. Wreck-It Ralph
  4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  5. The Dark Knight Rises
  6. Looper
  7. Argo
  8. Rise of the Guardians
  9. Brave
  10. Life of Pi
  11. Skyfall
  12. Men in Black 3
  13. Total Recall
  14. Cloud Atlas
  15. Lockout
  16. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
  17. Dark Shadows
  18. John Carter
  19. The Amazing Spider-Man
  20. The Bourne Legacy
  21. The Hunger Games
  22. Breaking Dawn - Part 2
  23. Snow White and the Huntsman
  24. Hotel Transylvania
  25. Mirror Mirror
  26. The Five-Year Engagement
  27. Prometheus