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.
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In the new movie Frozen, a group of fun-loving snowboarders — played by Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell, and Kevin Zegers — get stuck on a chair lift. As the ski resort shuts down for the week, the young people realize they are trapped, facing certain death from exposure to the elements.
Nothing quite strikes a nerve the way throwing a hapless human into a completely insurmountable situation does. There's an irresistible pull to watching someone suffer a sort of primal melt-down when faced with the realization that neither fight nor flight are viable options, and filmmakers have taken good advantage of the impulse, sometimes directly, sometimes in surprisingly nuanced ways.
We are not immune to the gut twist that comes when witnessing a trap well-sprung — hell, we invite it! So in honor of those sorry snowboarders, we offer up our favorite Top 10 "No Escape" Scenarios> Posted 02.05.10 by reelz