As far as the premise for a film goes, I don’t think it can get any more intriguing than the plot for Rian Johnson’s Looper. In the universe of the film, time travel becomes possible in the future. Not only is it possible, time travel is also being used by the criminal underground to wipe out enemies. A client sends a victim back in time to a set location, and a hitman in the past kills the enemy and disposes of the body. Which leaves no trace of the victim in the future.
As convoluted as that sounds, things get even more complicated when a hitman from the future, played by Bruce Willis, is sent back to the past to be killed by his younger self, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Obviously, this opens thing up to some symbolic, as well as metaphorical themes.
The trailer for the film not only reveals the plot nicely, but the clips also shows off a fun energy, and some exciting, action filled stunts.
Rian Johnson previously directed the stylized, high school film noir Brick. Although I wasn’t a fan of that particular movie, I admired what Johnson was going for there, and appreciated his vision and ambition for that project.
Looper stars Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Piper Perabo and Jeff Daniels. Looper is written and directed by Rian Johnson. It is scheduled for release in theatres on September 28th, 2012.
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.