Recently, I gave this masterpiece from 2012 the third spot on my list of my top 30 favourite films of all time. It more than deserve to be there ahead of some of my other favourites including The Shining, The Thing, 12 Monkey’s and Alien. While Looper only came out a few years ago, its impact on me has been tremendous ever since. I was quite tempted to write a “Why Looper is a Masterpiece” article instead of this one but I think Looper is more than just a masterpiece. In my opinion, while there have been some amazing time travel movies to come out over the years, I find Looper not only to be the best but the most realistic.

A warning: I will be going into spoiler territory so if you haven’t seen Looper, go watch it and then come back and read my post.

Why I Absolutely Love Looper…

I first saw Looper in the cinema during the final week of the Toronto Intentional Film Festival back in September 2012. I sat down in my chair not knowing what kind of movie I was going to see as I went in with very little knowledge about Looper’s story. All I knew about the film was that it starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a young Bruce Willis and had heard many people that JGL did a terrific job in the movie. I was very happy that that was all I knew about the film going in because by the end of Looper, I was completely blown away.

A few months later, I bought Looper on DVD and have only seen this movie three times in total. However, after seeing Looper in the cinema, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. For me, Looper wasn’t a film that left me soon after. I couldn’t get it out of my head and in a good way. I couldn’t stop thinking about its performances, the direction and the screenplay, all of which I admire and consider a masterpiece. I hadn’t experienced anything like Looper in so many years and this is why Looper is so high on my list of my favourite films of all time.

Looper is the reason why I see hundreds of movie every year. It’s not only to be entertained but it’s to see something special and unique and for it to have meaningful impact on my life. Looper is also the reason why I love writing screenplays as it sets the bar high. This is the type of movie that makes me want to go back to my laptop and ask myself “Why didn’t I think of that?” In essence, Looper is the reason why I’m a cinefile, a film geek, a movie nerd and everything in between. While other movies had struck this chord before, Looper was the most recent example to do it.

Why Looper is Better Than Other Time Travel Movies…

Let’s face it; there are some absolutely, amazing time travel movies out there. Back to the Future, Time Bandits, 12 Monkey’s, The Time Machine, Escape From the Planet of the Apes, The Terminator, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Star Trek First Contact all set the standard for time travel movies starting from to the Golden Age of Hollywood and up until the end of the last century. While I love each and every one of those time travel movies, some more than others of course, why do I consider Looper the best out of all them and even better than Back to the Future? Can someone say controversy?

The answer is dark realism. Looper’s present and its future seem completely realistic to me. It’s neither an over-the-top peaceful place to live nor a clichéd evil place. That’s what always bothered me about Back to the Future 2 and 3, which of course aren’t as good as the first movie. Rather, the timeline in Looper shows a dark reality, embedded in realism. People are sent from the future to the past to be killed by their past selves. Loopers are specialized hitman, whose job it is to kill people from the future and eventually they will kill themselves. In my opinion, Looper is certainly the most realistic time travel movie ever made and I completely respect it for it. Sorry Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

While I love the first Back to the Future, 2 and 3 kind of ruined the franchise for me. Also, while I really do love the first Back to the Future, the 50’s nostalgia and the family-friendly rating pulls an otherwise great film down for me. It’s great but not the best, at least in my opinion.

As for Looper goes, its realism, its darkness, its atmosphere, its imperfect present and dystopian future, its flawed characters, its idea of profiting off killing people from the future and its masterful direction make it THE GREATEST TIME TRAVEL MOVIE OF ALL TIME.

It’s 2015, you know? Where the hell is my hoverboard! I’m looking at you Robert Zemekis!