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Sci-Fi for Dummies,
This review is from: Looper (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) (DVD)
Everything feels derivative about "Looper," whom clueless critics have been lauding as a sci-fi time-traveling mind-bending puzzle. The visuals -- the mob-run bankrupt city and the contrasting cleanness of the countryside -- seem a diluted version of the rich, overflowing cinematography of "Minority Report." The plot a lesser version of the grandeur and scale of the Terminator series. And for any serious sci-fi or fantasy reader who's been spoiled by the rich varied tapestry of Isaac Asimov or George Martin novels "Looper" feels lame and sophomoric, bloated and bombastic.
I also seriously question the casting of Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the main role. He just doesn't have the charisma to be a leading man, and his make-up just makes him look ridiculous. And how could anyone watch him and think he's a younger version of Bruce Willis? Bruce who's taller and sturdier and bigger than his younger version seems more like a transplant from "Die Hard" than from the future.
All in all, "Looper" is a failure of the imagination and of film-making.