an excellent and very ingenious science fiction film (in UHD and Blu

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In the near future, the mafia has devised an infallible system to make all the annoying witnesses disappear. She sends her victims into the past, to our time, where killers of a new kind, the “loopers” eliminate them. One day, one of them, Joe, discovers that the victim he must execute is none other than himself, 20 years older. The well-oiled machine is derailed…

• Original title: Looper
• Media tested: UHD
• Genre: science fiction
• Year 2012
• Director: Rian Johnson
• Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Piper Perabo, Jeff Daniels, Pierce Gagnon
• Duration: 1 h 58 min 51
• Video format: 16:9
• Cinema format: 2.39/1 (HR10, Dolby Vision)
• Subtitling: French
• Soundtracks: Dolby Atmos English – DTS-HD 5.1 French
• Bonus: combo with the UHD of the film and the Blu-ray of the film
• Bonus on UHD: audio commentary by Rian Johnson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt (VOST)
• Bonus in VOST on the Blu-ray: audio comments by Rian Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt – interview with Rian Johnson (2013, 16 min 10) – Parisian masterclass (2013, 19 min 21) – The circle is complete by Rian Johnson (1996, Evil Devil Golf Ball from Hell!, Evil Demon Golf Ball from Hell!!!7 min 51) – 22 deleted scenes – Time travel (8 min 08) – special effects (3 min 09) – alternative trailer (1 min 35) – Making of (7 min 32)
• Publisher: M6Video SND

Art commentary

Just before directing Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last JediRian Johnson realizes in 2012 Looper, a science fiction film whose basic concept and certain elements (see bonus) come from a short three-page script that dates back to the 2000s and was planned for a short film never shot. The filmmaker evokes the influence of Chris Marker The Pier (1962) about the notion of time travel: the complex and ingenious plot indeed plays on one of the great concepts of science fiction widely exploited in literature (HG Wells in 1895) and cinema (terminator1984, Back to the future, 1985, etc). Against the background of mafia trafficking beyond time and new generation killers, Looper develops an interesting analysis of his hero Joe, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, confronted with his old self, played by Bruce Willis: the originality of the film is to present a time traveler who appears in the past rather than the reverse . The innumerable psychological and narrative stakes that this improbable encounter supposes are at the heart of this science fiction film which aims to be quite discreet about the future world: the always effective special effects indeed remain very measured. Several fascinating characters gravitate around the two Joes: Abe, sponsor of the “loopers” killers (Jeff Daniells), Sara and her son Cid (Emily Blunt and Pierce Gagnon) the latter will become the terrible Rainmaker of the future (one inevitably thinks of terminator) and also, among others, Kid Blue, an ace of the pistol (Noah Segan). Filmed in Louisiana and China in Shanghai (in the absence of Paris initially desired), Looper has the allure of great time-travel films that inevitably lead to stories with dizzying implications and that require a minimum of thought: a cerebral science fiction much appreciated by fans of spatio-temporal logic. The presence of Bruce Willis, already in the cast of The Army of the Twelve Monkeys (1996), inspired by The Piersuggests concept proximity, but Looper, smoothly led by the direction of Rian Johnson, has its own dynamic that sets it apart from the similarity of the theme. Besides, Looper is not just a simple action film handling the concept of time travel: its author has taken care to take care of the human and social context in which it takes place and to address the moral implications that arise from the confrontation of young and old Joe. A clever scenario, efficiently executed: a success of the genre that deserves to be seen or reviewed in a 4K version of excellent performance that surpasses the Blu-ray of 2013.

UHD Looper

Technical Comment

Image : UHD copy, no native 4K, good definition and honorable sharpness on certain details, fine film texture (shooting in 35 mm with Panaflex Gold II and Millenium XL2 cameras, Master Format 2K), good management of contrast in HR10 with country exteriors very bright, deep blacks, excellent naturalistic calibration, shimmering colorimetry with realistic tints and nuanced tones

His : English mix Dolby Atmos, very beautiful clarity and precision of the dialogues, excellent dynamics on the action scenes and the eclectic soundtrack, ample spatialization effectively using very immersive surround effects, high channels well solicited, constant and impressive recourse to the bass of the LFE; VF 5.1, dynamic, clear, neat and balanced dubbing, ample and spectacular spatialization

Our opinion

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