Looper Movie Review
Looper came out to Blu-ray December 31, 2012 and it received its share of praises and criticisms. It remained an interesting conversation piece. It is about Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a hit man in the future. His task is to kill people sent from 30 years further into the future.
He is a looper and occasionally a looper’s career ends when they are sent back to their younger selves to be killed. Older Joe (Bruce Willis) remembers how he closed his loop 30 years ago. So he goes back into the past to save himself.
Now the young Joe faces his future self. Somehow older Joe alters the future. The dilemma is how the old Joe can get away from the young Joe. The older Joe can’t kill the young Joe or else he wouldn’t exist. The young Joe is also not too eager to kill his future self.
Looper manages to handle time travel well. The allegiances of the characters are also well developed that they work even with their ambiguous nature. The action sequences are entertaining. But there are some people who didn’t like the prosthetic makeup on the young Joe to make him look like Bruce Willis. Even the detour to Sara’s (Emily Blunt) farm has been criticized by some.
It is surprising to see Bruce Willis still active and he is part of a large portion of Looper. He is significant to the movie even though he is not the main protagonist.
The details and backgrounds look crisp on Blu-ray. The picture is clear even when moody. The settings look like the real world, especially in the farm scenes. The prosthetic make-up on Gordon-Levitt looks seamless.
The extra features in the Blu-ray are nothing out of the ordinary. There’s the commentary track made by Rian Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt. Johnson has a lot to say about every aspect of the movie. The writer/director allows the actors to speak and doesn’t step over them.