Summary: Looper goes about its business with no small amount of confidence and style, placing its trust in the audience to figure things out, and as such it puts the major studios to shame. The Blu-ray is very good indeed, with above average AV quality and some decent extras.
Excerpt: Send you for a loop. The Film If you are like me and you often look for something on VUDU or Hulu to watch at 3:00 a.m., you tend to gravitate towards the low-budget action films starring your favorite WWE superstar because it's too tough mentally to watch anything with a real plot at that time of night.
Excerpt: Joseph Gordon-Levitt will not turn into Bruce Willis 30 years now, even if the studio would love new Die Hard sequels. No matter how hard Looper tries, Levitt can never be Bruce Willis. When designing a time travel movie though and your one fault is the look of a famous actor, chance are you’re doing okay. Looper , for the uninitiated, is doing just fine. Looper sends people through time to their deaths.
Conclusion: 'Looper' was one of the most creative and original films of 2012 and has been given a solid and worthy Blu-ray release. The film offers a unique glimpse into a dreary futuristic world. The time travel concept is used in a way that has never been done before, pitting a our central character against an older version of himself from the grim future. 'Looper' revolves around a science fiction concept, but it's a human story at its very core.
Excerpt: I became a fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt a few years ago when I saw (500) Days of Summer , a nice little romantic comedy with he and Zooey Deschanel as the most modern of couples. I’m also glad that director Christopher Nolan took notice as he’s put Gordon-Levitt in a few of his films, notably Inception and The Dark Knight Rises which as paved the way for this talented actor to be seen by more people.
Conclusion: Looper is definitely better than it looks, but not quite as great as its near-unanimous critical approval indicates. Rian Johnson's sci-fi action flick is relatively smart and thoroughly entertaining, though not terribly original or immune to scrutiny. Still, it's absolutely a movie to see and one that Sony's fine Blu-ray makes easy to consider owning as well.
Conclusion: It’s quite refreshing to see a science fiction flick actually done right. The action is well-balanced with an intelligently crafted storyline and brilliant actor performances from JGL, Blunt, Willis and the rest of the supporting actors. It’s like everyone came together and said let’s make a real movie that will make audiences think and want to come along for the thrill seeking ride despite whatever they thought of the trailer.
Conclusion: Looper exquisitely blends hardcore action with hardcore storytelling that's dramatically, mentally, and emotionally satisfying all. The film doesn't wax philosophical; it instead keeps its action first while building its underlying scientific and philosophic underpinnings as primary pieces of a greater whole. This is an Action film first and foremost, but it's one of the smartest and most novel of its kind, a rarity in today's dumbed-down multiplex cinema landscape.
Excerpt: Looper is probably the second greatest Bruce Willis time travel movie ever made. The comparison is an unfair one of course; unlike Terry Gilliam�s bleakly apocalyptic Twelve Monkeys , writer-director Rian Johnson�s entertaining blend of The Terminator and � curiously - the western genre has much broader appeal.