This Rotten Week: Predicting Looper, Won't Back Down And Hotel Transylvania Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2012-09-23 08:51:11discussion comments
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I could see my breath this morning on my walk to get a coffee, which only means one thing. The autumn movie season must be up in full swing. (What did you think it meant?) This week we've got JGL getting loopy, parents combatting evil teachers and Dracula doing the family thing.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

Looper
If I ever got a chance to meet my future self, I’d ask him one question and one question only, “Did Skynet ever get online?” Honestly, that’s all I, and really anyone, should want to know. Otherwise I’m more than content with the whole, “The future is a mystery,” thought process. Life just seems to work out better that way.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a different sort of strategy when confronted with his future self in the form of Bruce Willis: kill the guy. Hey, it’s his job as a Looper after all, kill all targets sent from the future no questions asked. The star of Premium Rush (75%) and 50/50 (93%) has an enviable commitment to his task. Now there’s a guy I want working for me.

And the whole, make JGL look like Bruce Willis, uncanny valley, thing aside, Rian Johnson (The Brothers Bloom-66%, Brick-79%) has a total winner on his hands here. Only one negative review with more than thirty critics weighing in, and they’re throwing around comparisons to Twelve Monkeys and the aforementioned Terminator in the old “Best Time Travel Movies” list. Could we have expected anything less? I mean, in addition to some film success, this guy directed what might be the best bottle episode ever when he helmed Breaking Bad’s “Fly”. In my book, he can do anything.

It’s always exciting when science fiction movies take an old theme (time travel) and get people excited about it again. Rian Johnson, JGL, Bruce Willis and company seem to have done just that. The Rotten Watch for Looper is 91%
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