Looper (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
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. -- (C) Sony
Looper's 1080p high definition presentation will withstand the test of time. Sony's latest visual treat for the eyes satisfies in nearly every regard. The film-like textures are consistent and accurate. Light grain hovers over the image, and details are consistently pure and true to the medium. Facial textures are faultless, clothing lines splendid, and even minute qualities on close-ups of vegetation are often striking. Colors are equally satisfying, displaying nuanced precision and seamless balance across the entire spectrum. Bright green leaves, country tans, worn down urban grays, and splashes of neon all look fantastic throughout the film and under any lighting condition. Black levels can go a bit pale, but generally there's no perceptible problem with shadow detail. Skin textures, however, appear true throughout. The transfer exhibits no perceptible problems with banding, blockiness, edge enhancement, or other unnecessary or unwanted visual anomalies. This is another accurate, highly satisfying transfer from Blu-ray's best studio.
Looper wastes no time demonstrating its startling audio proficiency. Sony's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack is a dazzling achievement of sound engineering. The track plays with a big, aggressive stature. It offers a very convincing and sonically colorful and robust sound effect, presenting a wide array of elements maneuvering through the stage with high proficiency. Future vehicles and aircraft zip and whir from one speaker to the next. Exterior ambience is beautifully structured, whether city atmospherics or light background din around the film's many countryside settings. Music plays with natural placement and balance; there's a true, accurate feel and tremendous clarity throughout the film, save for deliberately mushy background club dance beats that offer overly zealous bass in an effort to accurately reproduce the environment. Gunfire is strikingly realistic throughout. Whether a single shot in a confined space that's apt to stun listeners as it does characters in the film or a series of shots from "blunderbuss" shotguns to the large-caliber revolvers used by the "Gat Men," the film's gunfire is amongst the most potent, dizzyingly accurate, and sonically pleasurable of any Blu-ray release. Dialogue is handled with great clarity and attention to detail. In short, this is another striking, high-end soundtrack from Sony
Every once in a while, Hollywood gives us a breath of fresh air. A well written, well directed, and well-acted picture, that keeps us in suspense, while thoroughly entertained. That is exactly what we get with Looper. The story is engaging and interesting, and is one of the best time travel movies I have seen to date. I did not find this film confusing, yet the writing remained complex enough to add a suspenseful ending. Both Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were perfect in their roles as the lead characters. However, I thought Joseph Gordon-Levitt stole the show, with arguably one of his best performances to date. The action scenes were fun, the shooting scenes were realistic, and the Kansas farm backdrop added a beautiful palette of colors. I highly recommend checking this movie out. One of the years best!!
Posted by Ryan Gibbs, February 18, 2013 7:04 AM