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Looper 4K UHD Review

A good Bruce Willis movie!

Before “Knives Out” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” writer/director Rian Johnson helmed this sci-fi action time travel tale about a hitman who kills targets from the future in the past. Joe comes across a dilemma, however, when his next target is his older self (even though this was a condition of the job to cover tracks). What follows is a twisty story involving timelines, past and present Joes, and a criminal named The Rainmaker.

When I reviewed “Looper” 9 years back I was a little too harsh on it. It may be an overly ambitious sci-fi story that has a few too many concepts and storylines floating about as it delves into themes about identity, choices, economics, and the past and future. With that said, it’s still a compelling original story that pays homage to the sci-fi, gangster and noir genres. It admirably takes big swings and goes in directions you don’t think it will. You can definitely see Rian Johnson’s obsession with subverting expectations and toying with genres here.

The cast is packed with talent that includes Bruce Willis, Jeff Daniels, Paul Dano, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Emily Blunt, Noah Segan, and Pierce Gagnon. We all know Bruce Willis phones in his role nowadays, but with “Looper,” the veteran actor put on a good show and actually committed to the part. This was easily one of his last good performances. Joseph Gordon-Levitt does a criminally underrated job channeling a younger Bruce Willis (the makeup helps). The rest of the cast is also on point here.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 2160p. How does it look? Not the best 4K transfer I’ve seen. It’s a little dark and fuzzy, but still an upgrade to be sure.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? The audio, on the other hand, really packs a punch (especially during the action scenes).

Extras (on the Blu-ray):
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* Commentary by Rian Johnson, Emily Blunt and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
* 20 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Rian Johnson and Noah Segan.
* “The Future From The Beginning”- A wide ranging featurette about the script, cast and how the movie came about. Interviews and set footage are included.
* “The Science Of Time Travel” featurette.
* “Scoring Looper”- A 3 part extra about field recordings, percussion and melodic instruments.
* “Looper” animated trailer.
* Sony trailers.

February 17, 2022 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , ,

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