Studio Synopsis ~ In the futuristic action thriller "Looper", time travel will be invented - but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a "looper" - a hired gun, like Joe (Gordon-Levitt) - is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good... until the day the mob decides to "close the loop," sending back Joe's future self (Willis) for assassination.
Running Time: 118 minutes
Number of Disks: 1
- Feature Commentary with Director Rian Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt
- Two Featurettes:
*Looper: The Future from the Beginning
- Deleted Scenes with optional Commentary by Director Rian Johnson and Noah Segan:
*Club Entrance Original Cut
*Sneaking Into the Belle
*Outside the Belle
*Pawnshop and Belle Revisited
*Kid Blue Sees Joe Rejected
*Suzie Never Wants to See Joe Again
*Old Seth Original Cut
*It's Not Joe
*China Sequence: Original Cut
*Gat in a Steel Box
*Kid Blue Detective Story
*Straws and Salt
*Kid Blue Escapes
*Sara Decides Not to Dump Joe
*Canady and Kid Blue
*Kesse Searches the Laundry
*Old Joe Can't Stop
*Old Joe Confronts Suzie
*Abe Gathers the Troops
*Sara Walks to the Field
- Looper Animated Trailer
- “The Science of Time Travel” Featurette
Packed with time-bending jumps of the imagination and jacketed in action, “Looper” aims its thunderous blunderbuss straight at old time-travel conventions. And while its new twists may warrant multiple viewings to completely appreciate the full scope of writer/director Rian Johnson’s tale, the groundwork laid by Johnson and the commanding chops of Willis, Gordon-Levitt, Blunt, and a stellar performance by little Pierce Gagnon, makes each and every study session that much more enjoyable.
The assumed “multiple plains” logic discussions held by those seeking quantum rather than quality entertainment may see “Looper” lose some plot points with the highbrow crowd. But if you strap in and stunt your stem – brain stem that is – then the uniquely exciting trip ahead is worth its weight in silver bars.
The extras menu offers a better handle on all things time travel, with the most in-depth feature being “The Science of Time Travel.” In it Brian Clegg, author of “How to Build a Time Machine,” goes over the fundamentals of time travel, addressing the rules and concepts behind the theories while providing an easy to understand conveyance, and the director/actor commentary by Johnson, Gordon-Levitt and Blunt acts to help apply those concepts to the film…along with the usual filming, production, and character analyses trappings.
Also moving along those production lines is “Looper: The Future from the Beginning,” a shorter feature covering those same aforementioned elements, plus the genesis history of the film and the steps taken to make Gordon-Levitt look different.
The last feature, “Scoring Looper” sees composer Nathan Johnson – director Rian Johnson’s cousin and collaborator on past projects, most notably 2005’s Indie “Brick” – explore the many elements of Looper’s soundtrack with special emphasis given to Field Recordings, Percussion, and Melodic Instruments.
So though the clockwork sticklers may mutiny as certain logistics fold to scrutiny, “Looper” succeeds in jumping through most of its heart-pounding hoops.
*If you like this review and would like to be automatically notified when Kyle posts new reviews, be sure to hit the "Subscribe" button located at the top of the page.
Central Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt | Bruce Willis | Emily Blunt | Paul Dano | Piper Perabo
Director: Rian Johnson
Central Writers: Rian Johnson
Theatrical Release: September 28, 2012
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: December 31, 2012
Genre: Action | Crime | Sci-Fi
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE