In Looper, writer-director Rian Johnson's (Brick) new time-tripping action thriller opening this Friday, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (JGL) plays a hitman ("looper") tasked with terminating his own future self (Bruce Willis), who is sent back in time so that there will be no trace of the crime in the future. Talk about a head trip! This plot has "time paradox" written all over it. If JGL kills Willis, wouldn't he remember that happening and try to prevent it from happening when he grows up to be Willis? And, if Willis kills JGL, wouldn't he simply cease to exist?
Looper isn't the first movie to delve into the complex moral and metaphysical conundrums inherent in time travel. In The Terminator, Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) is sent back in time by John Connor, the future leader of the resistance against the machines, and ends up becoming Connor's dad. And in Back to the Future, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) goes back in time to save his friend and is almost erased from history when his mother (Lea Thompson) starts crushing on him. Help us rate the Top 10 Mind-Bending Time Travel movies.
Click to Rate the Top Time Travel Movies >> Posted 09.28.12 by BrentJS
We don't really have to start campaigning for truth-of-narrative warning labels on historical movies, do we?
After all, the recent The Young Victoria and the upcoming The Last Station — the latter about the turmoil at the end of Leo Tolstoy's life — may take a few dramatic liberties with the facts, but all in all, they remain faithful to the lives of their subjects. And anyway, most people are smart enough to know that these things aren't meant to be documentaries; one should enjoy the show, without taking it all at face value.
Nevertheless, there's taking liberties, and then there's throwing the encyclopedia madly out the window. We've decided as a public service to compile a list of movies where the portrayal of historical figures has strayed significantly far from actual history. Read Top 10 Least Trustworthy Historical Figures in Movies, or embarrass yourself at parties later. Posted 01.14.10 by reelz