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Looper DVD Review

Looper DVD

“Looper” is unique, but overrated.

“Looper” is a futuristic time travel story that focuses on a mafia hitman (Joe) who earns a living killing people that are transported from the future to the past (Joe’s present). When Joe is forced to kill his future self, however, all hell breaks loose. What will young Joe do? What is future Joe’s plan? How does a feared mob boss known as the Rainmaker play into the story?

First of all, I have to give credit where credit is due. In an era where remakes and sequels flood the multiplexes, writer/director Rian Johnson’s “Looper” is certainly a breath of fresh air as it’s an ORIGINAL sci-fi story that tackles adult ideas about the future, identity, economics, the impact of one’s actions, and more. With that said, however, the movie sadly does not fully succeed.

While the first half of “Looper” starts out strong with a clever, attention grabbing set-up and some truly dark and ballsy scenes, the story fizzles out around the mid-way point. As soon as Joe arrives at the farmhouse, the pacing really slows down and the story begins to introduce some weird elements (see Cid) that I wasn’t too keen on. I won’t spoil what happens, but let’s just say there’s a plot twist that is a little too out there.

On the plus side, the ensemble cast is fantastic here (especially Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis). For the past decade or so, Bruce Willis has largely phoned in his performances, but he really goes all out here. I haven’t seen him this invested in a role since “Live Free Or Die Hard.” As for JGL, he not only takes on the challenge of playing a darker role, but he also has to play a young Bruce Willis. It’s not an easy assignment to be sure, but he’s entirely convincing here. Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels, and Pierce Gagnon also shine in their respective roles as well.

Video/Audio:

The film, which is presented in 2.35:1, looks as sharp as you’d expect from a new release DVD disc. For those who prefer hi-def, the film is also available on Blu-ray.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track really delivers in the action department. This film will certainly put the speakers to work.

Extras:
* Ultraviolet copy.
* Sony trailers.
* 5 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Rian Johnson and Noah Segan.
* A near animated trailer for “Looper.”
* “Scoring Looper”- A 3 part featurette that covers field recordings, percussion and melodic instruments.
* “The Future From The Beginning”- A standard featurette that contains cast and crew interviews, set footage, as well discussions about the script, cast, and how the movie came about.
* Commentary by Rian Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt. The three chat about the cast, behind-the-scenes stories, shooting locations, and more. Worth a listen.

Summary: Is “Looper” worth watching? Yes. While it didn’t connect with me the way it did some filmgoers, the movie still has moments of greatness.

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January 1, 2013 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , ,

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