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Looper (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) (2012)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt , Bruce Willis , Rian Johnson  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,641 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis
  • Directors: Rian Johnson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Ultraviolet, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: December 31, 2012
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: December 31, 2017 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,641 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005LAII8A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,716 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Looper (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Feature Commentary with Director Rian Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt
  • Looper: From the Beginning - Making-of Featurette
  • 5 Deleted Scenes with Commentary
  • Scoring Looper
  • Looper Animated Trailer

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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.

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199 of 233 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Injects some creativity into the sci-fi genre September 29, 2012
Format:DVD
It is absolutely glorious when intelligent sci-fi not only re-emerges, but returns and flourishes with spectacular results. Tucked neatly into this technologically and sometimes extraterrestrial genre of film is time travel. While time travel films aren't always done right, when they are they make one hell of an impact; the "Back to the Future" films, the "Terminator" films, "Donnie Darko," "Time Bandits," "Twelve Monkeys," "Source Code," and the fantastic little Spanish film "Timecrimes" are just a few examples. Combine that potential with the impressive writer/director Rian Johnson and an incredible cast that includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt and you have one of the most anticipated films of the year on your hands with "Looper."

In the year 2044, time travel has not yet been invented but 30 years from now it will have been. After being labeled as illegal, the ability to leap through time is only available on the black market. People who criminal organizations want to get rid of are sent back to 2044 where hired guns called "loopers" dispose of them. Loopers make very good money and Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is living the good life. When a looper's contract nears its expiration, the mob sends back their future self who they then get rid of and have the next 30 years to live their life. It's called "closing the loop." But when Joe's future self (Bruce Willis) is sent back, his life is turned upside down.

While you may not be able to totally buy that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a younger version of Bruce Willis based on looks alone (even with the use of prosthetics), Gordon-Levitt does deserve credit for developing the ability to act like Willis along with similar facial expressions, mannerisms, and body language.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Science fiction done right. January 3, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and writer/director Rian Johnson proved to be the perfect pair with 2005's BRICK. They're back together again in LOOPER, the story of a hitman who kills people sent back in time from the future. Joe's got a good life: drugs, babes, money. Of course, this lifestyle comes with a catch: one day, the person you're supposed to kill turns out to be your future self. This means you get to live out your remaining years (roughly 30) doing whatever you so desire. Of course, in Joe's case, things don't go according to plan; his future self escapes, on a mission to prevent the death of his wife, and now both Joes find themselves being pursued by ruthless killers.

LOOPER is stunning. Visually, it's a treat; the effects are impressive, the cinematography astounding. The action is slick and the dialogue is quick and intelligent, just what we'd expect from a Rian Johnson script. Perhaps the biggest surprise here (well, for non-Johnson fans, at least) is the caliber of acting. The supporting cast is impressive: Emily Blunt, Noah Segan, Garrett Dillahunt, and child actor Pierce Gagnon all shine, while Jeff Daniels and Paul Dano are especially memorable. Bruce Willis brings gravitas to the role of future Joe; he doesn't say much, but as with his best performances, he's able to convey quite a lot with his piercing gaze. Older Joe is a complex character, and Willis is able to play his single-minded obsession to commit atrocious deeds for sympathetic reasons.

But this is Gordon-Levitt's film. Sure, he has prosthetics to make him resemble Willis; but more to the point, much as Josh Brolin did a la Tommy Lee Jones for MEN IN BLACK 3, Gordon-Levitt has studied Willis's mannerisms and voice, coming off as a truly convincing younger version of the actor.
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55 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever, Original Film January 2, 2013
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This movie is surprising in a lot of ways, mostly because it turns into something that you don't expect at all. (The structure of it reminded me of Psycho in how it completely shifts gears mid-way through.) Try to go in knowing as little as possible. The story goes places that are disturbing, intriguing and emotional. The performances are all strong, (Jeff Daniels is great as a tired mobster) and there is some of the best directing of a child actor I've seen in recent memory. The film is quite violent, but it never feels exploitative. They pick their moments here, which makes the screen violence meaningful and at times, terrifying. Even if you start picking apart the time travel paradoxes, the movie stays true to its own logic. There is plenty of great craft and art here to appreciate, check it out!
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Then I saw it.. December 14, 2012
By Galina
Format:Blu-ray
*** This review may contain spoilers ***

".. I saw a mom who would die for her son, a man who would kill for his wife, a boy, angry and alone, laid out in front of him the bad path. I saw it and the path was a circle, round and round..."

I wanted to see "Looper" (2012) written/directed by Rian Johnson as soon as I read the first reviews about it. It intrigued me for several reasons. The critics and viewers praised it. The first two Johnson's films were interesting and original and I wanted to see his new work. I am a fan of the time travel genre. Where else does the hero sit at a table in a roadside diner facing himself, either thirty years older, or thirty years younger - depending on which side he is sitting? Or where else rather clichéd phrase "he was in a deadly conflict with himself" means just that? And more. What does a man feel at gun point, with himself holding the gun, either thirty years older, or thirty years younger?

Another reason for me was Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the main character Joe, the looper. He is a convincing versatile young actor, one of the most interesting of his generation. For Rian Johnson, Gordon-Levitt is kind of mascot. Johnson made all three movies with him, and Joseph was a leading man in two. An interesting feature of Gordon-Levitt's role (Joe "closes the loops of time" working as an assassin for the Mafia) is how he based Joe on young Bruce Willis. He plays young Willis' on- screen tough guy persona that we so get used to identify with and root for, and he does it very good. Bruce Willis also plays an important role of aged Joe. If you guessed that Willis would be saving the world that got into a serious trouble you may be right.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie, very interesting story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 4 hours ago by JOHN C. SALVATO
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought this was a pretty good movie even despite trying to make the...
I thought this was a pretty good movie even despite trying to make the time travel part of it make sense.
Published 21 hours ago by Anthony Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Goog Entertainment
Entertaining movie was expecting the typical Willis movie but was pleasantly surprised this movie had a little substance. Wasn't disapoointed spending 2 hours of my day on it.
Published 3 days ago by Andrea Alexis
5.0 out of 5 stars Stupendous movie! Great scifi and drama in the realm of the Sixth...
This is an absolutely fabulous film!
It keeps you wondering how it will end to the very end.
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Published 3 days ago by herringtontbass
3.0 out of 5 stars A quite average time travel SF flick, watchable once, with just Emily...
I found this 2012 SF film honest and quite watchable, but nothing more. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Darth Maciek
5.0 out of 5 stars Looper
I enjoyed the movie; will watch it again. Basically, it is science fiction however more science fiction is becoming reality.
Published 5 days ago by Richard Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
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This is my new favorite movie!! Just to be honest, if you're not already into these types of movies you might not like it as much. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Matt
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 8 days ago by a.estrella
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Willils Must See
Great movie! Even females who don't usually like action and this type of movie will love this one!
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