Looper (2012/US) ***
In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits.
Violent, engrossing, highly impressive time-travel picture that finds ways to go in unexpected directions and surprises right up to the final scene. It is dynamically filmed.
wd – Rian Johnson
ph – Steve Yedlin
pd – Ed Verreaux
m – Nathan Johnson
ed – Bob Ducsay
cos – Sharen Davis
p – Ram Bergman, Jams D. Stern
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Piper Perabo, Pierce Gagnon, Garret Dillahunt, Qing Xu
Taken 2 (2012/US)
In Istanbul, a retired CIA operative and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper he killed while rescuing his daughter.
Putrid piece of action cinema aimed at the lowest common denominator. No denominator could be this low.
d – Olivier Megaton
w – Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
ph – Romain Lacourbas
pd – Sébastien Inizan
m – Nathaniel Mechaly
ed – Camille Delamarre, Vincent Tabaillon
cos – Pamela Lee Incardona
p – Luc Besson
Cast: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Leland Orser, Jon Gries, D.B. Sweeney, Luke Grimes, Rade Serbedzija
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012/US) **
The four animals from the New York Zoo continue their journey trying to get back by disguising themselves as a travelling circus.
d – Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon
w – Eric Darnell, Noah Baumbach
pd – Kendal Cronkhite
m – Hans Zimmer
ed – Nick Fletcher
p – Mireille Soria, Mark Swift
Cast: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Tom McGrath, Frances McDormand, Jessica Chastain, Bryan Cranston, Martin Short, Chris Miller