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"Looper" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

 In 2044, the United States has started to collapse into anarchy and chaos.  Crime is rampant, homelessness and vagrancy are all around, and drug use is prevalent.  Time travel hasn't been invented at this point, but it will in 30 years before being outlawed.  With the difficulty of disposing of bodies in the future, organized crime will secretly use time travel to send people back to 2044 to be killed and disposed of by Loopers.

Joe is a Looper in Kansas in 2044.  Everyone that he kills comes with 4 bars of silver attached as payment for killing them.  Eventually the mob wants to remove all loose ends and they send you back in time, and you kill your 30-year-older self, only to find gold bars attached on their back allowing you to retire and enjoy the next 30 years.  When Joe's future self it sent back in time, he manages to escape from Joe and sets out on a task to kill The Rainmaker, a young boy who will rise to power in 30 years and start to eliminate all the Loopers and rule organized crime.

Young Joe wants nothing to do with this, as if old Joe escapes the mob will torture him to find him and close their loop.

 

Specifications

  • Sony
  • 2012, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 59 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC MPEG-4
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt
  • Director: Rian Johnson
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

The previews of Looper looked wonderful, but with such high-concept ideas there is always a good chance they fall flat on their face.  Thankfully Looper avoids this and the movie turns out to be a fantastic, wonderful sci-fi film with a great concept that doesn't get lost in the details.  It winds up being a little different that I had expected it to be, but it is very enjoyable, a bit creepy, and something I will come back to watch again.

Technical

Overall the transfer for Looper is fantastic.  I did notice a bit of graininess in some shots of the sky and what might have been a tiny bit of black level crush, but overall the film is superb looking.  It sounds wonderful as well, from a few high-powered gunfights to a couple incredibly powerful scenes later in the film that I don't want to spoil, your system will get a workout and show off what the disc is capable of.

Extras

Directors Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Featurettes, and a trailer.