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Empire's Best Films Of 2012
The Empire staff choose their top 20 of the year - is your favourite on the list?

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Looper

DIRECTOR Rian Johnson
STARS Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt

Even before it was released, there was a feeling that Looper was going to be great – and not just because we asked our future selves. The complex, mind-bending brainchild of writer-director Rian Johnson, it boasts a twisty time-travel premise that is both reminiscent of a few genre classics (including Twelve Monkeys and The Terminator) and refreshingly original. While lesser filmmakers might have wasted said premise as an excuse for soulless CGI block-busting, what's great about Johnson's third feature is that it doesn't. Clever sci-fi which requires attention (and then some), this isn't just good guys vs. bad guys; it's also good guy vs. good guy. Both of whom are the same good guy. Confused? Quick, somebody get the straws. Understandably, many of us were decidedly sceptical about the good guy's casting, given how unlikely it seems that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will one day morph into Bruce Willis. But Gordon-Levitt nails Willis' mannerisms in surprisingly convincing fashion, and there a few subtle touches that work well (see Younger Joe checking out his hairline). Looper isn't just one of the best science fiction films of the year, though; it's one of the best films.
STEPHEN CARTY

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Your Comments

1 RE:
Avengers was a hugely entertaining movie, as was skyfall and there worthy of there positions! Should swap TDKR (the godfather 3 of the batman movies!) for the hobbit though! Read More

Posted on Thursday January 3, 2013, 17:07 by tfett

2 RE:
You're a funny guy Empire, I like you. Thats why I'm going to kill you last. my list 2012 1) Django Unchained 2) Flight 3) Rust and Bone 4) Cloud Atlas 5) Safety Not Guaranteed 6) DREDD 7) THE DARK KNIGHT RISES 8) Ted 9) Life of Pi 10) End of Watch Read More

Posted on Wednesday December 26, 2012, 14:35 by Oldb0y

3 RE:
Totally agree with seven28uk - The Grey was brilliant, totally sucked me in and I have never researched so much about wolves until after seeing that film! Cabin in the Woods, although different, not exactly a film of the year top 20. I have only seen half of the films on the list - Headhunters a good call. Avengers, hmmmmmmmmmm.... Read More

Posted on Thursday December 20, 2012, 14:52 by owenyunfat

4 RE: You Fools!
L: oxfordlover Seriously why isnt The Hobbit on the list, it was amazing, anyone who who complains about it is just hating on a successful film, just like Titanic all over again! What a load of idiotic nonsense! Read More

Posted on Thursday December 20, 2012, 13:49 by Filmfan 2


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