Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Looper DVD Review

Written By Rian Johnson
Direction By Rian Johnson

Science Fiction, Action


Joseph Gorden-Levitt as Joe
Bruce Willis as Old Joe
Emily Blunt as Sara
Paul Dano as Seth
Noah Segan as Kid Blue
Piper Perabo as Suzy
Jeff Daniels as Abe

Certificate 15


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 (Joseph 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 (Bruce Willis) for assassination. The film is written and directed by Rian Johnson and also stars Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, and Jeff Daniels. Ram Bergman and James D. Stern produce.

Special Features
  • Feature Commentary By Rian Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt
  • 'Looper: From The Beginning'
  • 'Scoring Looper'
  • 4 Deleted Scenes With Commentary By Rian Johnson and Noah Segan
  • Looper Animated Trailer


Just recently we, the science fiction nerds amongst us, have been absolutely spoiled for choice with movies such as 'Star Trek' and many others.  Here, that new momentum continues.

Once again, Joseph Gordon-Levitt turns in an extremely powerful performance as Joe.  A 'looper' who is paid to kill people that have been sent from the future.  With what could have been a really one dimensonal character in someone elses hands, Gordon-Levitt makes the character in to both the strong hero and in to a sympathetic man, who has messed up big time in his life.

Bruce Willis plays the version of Joe sent from the future and plays him as bitter, cynical and with revenge in mind.  It's the normal, balls to the wall style performance that we have come to expect from an old hand like Willis but here he plays the part with a quiet anger in the personality instead of being a wisecracking ass kicker like in the 'Die Hard' movies.

We also have the wonderful Emily Blunt, who like Gordon-Levitt, has been slowly but surely putting together strong performance after strong performance.  She's fast becoming one of my favourite actresses to watch  thanks to her eclectic choices of movies to appear in.  What other actress can say she's been in a movie like 'The Five Year Engagement' and 'Looper'?

The story itself, while full of a few plot holes here and there, is a highly entertaining and fast paced ride for the viewer.  Even when they take the time to build up the characters, there's still a sense of underlying dread running throughout the movie.  I've not seen any of Rian Johnson's movies before but after this I will most definitely be checking them out.

To go along with the well paced and acted movie, we have a good selection of special features here that really give a good insight in to the movie as a whole.

This one is most definitely worth picking up for the sci-fi fans out there.  In fact, it's worth it for the always brilliant Joseph Gordon-Levitt performance and under rated ending.

Movie 4/5
Picture 4/5
Sound 5/5
Special Features 3/5
Overall 16/20


  1. Everybody’s good, the writing is top-notch, and the direction kept me on the edge of my seat, but there was a human element that just didn’t come around full-circle for me. I really liked this movie, but I didn’t love it and that’s a bit disappointing considering all of the hype. Good review Pat.

  2. I agree with Dan, it was ok, but I after sitting through the movie I was left very deflated with the ending. I didn't like the fact it was all happy ending. I like the idea of him killing the boy anyway and keeping the loop going. Maybe he could of done it be accident, in my alternative version?