I've always enjoyed watching movies based around the concept of time travel. This doesn't however result in each of these movies being a joy to watch. It has to be original, it has to have a clever concept tied up within the time travel framework. Looper thankfully has that, the first time I discovered the notion of what a looper does and the idea of your future self being presented to you, sent back through time for termination, I was hooked instantly.
Just the overall concept on its own was enough to mark this down as a must see movie. But would it be handled correctly? I was hoping for an intelligent approach to the dynamics, it delivered, plenty of heart, it delivered, good characters, it delivered. Home runs all round.
I had a few friends who were left disappointed, but this was due to how the film was marketed. The trailer and TV Spots when initially released, made you believe that you were going to see a straight up sci-fi actioner, well if that's what you're expecting then you will feel let down. This is handled as more of a drama with elements of sci-fi thrown in. It borrows liberally from other time travel movies, The Terminator, Frequency etc but it puts these elements together in a way that feels fresh and new.
This was most definitely one of the surprise hits of 2012, very well received by both critics and moviegoers alike.
Smart, cool, fresh and gripping.
Sony Pictures have granted this movie with an MPEG-4 AVC encoded, 2.35:1 framed, 1080p transfer onto a 50GB Blu-ray disc of excellent quality.
Sony continue to deliver some of the best looking Blu-ray discs on the shelf and Looper is yet another stand-out release.
This film delivers wonderful colour balancing and exceptional contrasting throughout, whether it be darker night scenes or brightly lit sun drenched farm land. Grain appears extremely fine and is purely filmic resulting in excellent detail and sharpness. At no point does it appear too heavy. No digital scrubbing or edge enhancement techniques have been used.
Blacks are inky and vibrant with strong delineation which never shows signs of crush. Skin tones are very accurate.
Overall this is a delightful image which manages to keep it's filmic look.
Tremendous, highly recommended.
Film 4/5 Transfer 4.5/5