LOOPER (2012) Reviews of sci-fi actioner with Bruce Willis – with 4K + Blu-ray news

 

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‘Hunted by your future. Haunted by your past.’

Looper is a 2012 American sci-fi action-thriller film about”present-day” contract killers hired by criminal syndicates from the future… they terminate victims whom they send back through time.

Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Knives Out and Knives Out 2; Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi; Brick). Produced by Ram Bergman and James D. Stern.

The movie stars Bruce Willis (Apex; FortressMidnight in the SwitchgrassOut of DeathHard KillCosmic SinBreach; Die Hard franchise), Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Piper Perabo and Jeff Daniels.

Reviews:

Looper is a remarkable feat of imagination and execution, entertaining from start to finish, even as it asks the audience to contemplate how and why humanity keeps making the same rotten mistakes.” AV Club

“Intelligent science-fiction sometimes seems an endangered species—too much physics and there’s a risk of creating something cold and remote, too many explosions and get lost in the multiplex. Looper isn’t perfect, but it pulls off the full Wizard Of Oz: it has a brain, courage and a heart.” Empire

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The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review, calling it “an engaging, neatly worked-out time-travel sci-fi thriller”, but also criticizing the effects involved in making Gordon-Levitt resemble Willis: “At first, the effect is a bit odd, and you can’t quite put your finger on what’s off; then it feels downright weird to be looking at a version of Gordon-Levitt who is no longer the actor you’ve known for a few years now.”

Looper is way inventive but it wears its creativity lightly like it’s no big deal. This is a high-flying, super-stylish science-fiction thriller that brings a fresh approach to mind-bending genre material. We’re not always sure where this time-travel film is going, but we wouldn’t dream of abandoning the ride.” Los Angeles Times

” …grandly conceived, impressively mounted third feature shows a giddy, geeky interest in science-fiction, then forces it into the back seat and lets the multidimensional characters drive. In a genre infamous for loose ends, this thinking man’s thriller marshals action, romance and a dose of very dark comedy toward a stunning payoff.” Variety

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Background:

Rian Johnson said: “Even though it’s a time-travel movie, the pleasure of it doesn’t come from the mass of time travel. It’s not a film like Primer, for instance, where the big part of the enjoyment is kind of working out all the intricacies of it.

For Looper, I very much wanted it to be a more character-based movie that is more about how these characters dealt with the situation time travel has brought about. So the biggest challenge was figuring out how to not spend the whole movie explaining the rules and figure out how to put it out there in a way that made sense on some intuitive level for the audience; then get past it and deal with the real meat of the story.”

Home viewing:

In the USA, Looper will be released by Sony Pictures on 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital on February 15th 2022. Special features:

Audio commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson and actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt
Looper: The Future From the Beginning — Making-of featurette
Scoring Looper featurette
The Science of Time Travel featurette
22 deleted scenes with optional audio commentary
Animated trailer

Cast and characters:

Joseph Gordon-Levitt … Joe
Bruce Willis … Old Joe
Emily Blunt … Sara
Paul Dano … Seth
Noah Segan … Kid Blue
Piper Perabo … Suzie
Jeff Daniels … Abe
Pierce Gagnon … Cid
Qing Xu … Old Joe’s Wife (as Summer Qing)
Tracie Thoms … Beatrix
Frank Brennan … Old Seth
Garret Dillahunt … Jesse
Nick Gomez … Dale
Marcus Hester … Zach
Jon Eyez … Gat Man
Kevin Stillwell … Gat Man
Thirl Haston … Gat Man
James Landry Hébert … Looper (as James Hebert)
Kenneth Brown Jr. … Looper
Cody Wood … Looper
Adam Boyer … Tye (as Adam Scott Boyer)
Jeff Chase … Tall Gat Man
Ritchie Montgomery … Bodega Owner
David Jensen … Apt Super
Kamden Beauchamp … Daniel

Technical details:

1 hour 53 minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos | Dolby Surround 7.1 | SDDS Datasat
Aspect ratio: 2.39: 1

Box office:

Looper grossed $176 million worldwide on a $30 million budget.

Fun facts:

Makeup artist Kazuhiro Tsuji created the prosthetics that Gordon-Levitt wore in the film so that he would physically resemble Bruce Willis.

Trailer:

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