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Looper (2012)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Sci-Fi  |  28 September 2012 (USA)
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In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Old Joe's Wife (as Summer Qing)
Gat Man


In the year 2044, a man working for a group of killers called "Loopers" (they work for the mob and kill people who are sent blindfolded back in time from the year 2074 by their bosses) recognizes a victim as himself. He hesitates resulting in the escape of his older self. Written by malachmcfreak

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Face your future. Fight your past. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language, some sexuality/nudity and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 September 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Looper: Asesinos del futuro  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,801,552 (USA) (28 September 2012)


$66,468,315 (USA) (28 December 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joe's pocket watch has an unusual clock face. It is an example of a "Turkish Market Clock", featuring "Ottoman horological numerals", which derive from Eastern Arabic Numerals (Persian variant). See more »


When Joe and Cid are having a conversation looking out of the hatch at the end of the tunnel from the house, the branch holding up the hatch changes position from shot to shot. It is rotated about 90 degrees between the positions and the position changes four or five times during the conversation. See more »


[first lines]
Joe: Time travel has not yet been invented. But thirty years from now, it will have been. It will be instantly outlawed, used only in secret by only the largest criminal organizations. It's nearly impossible to dispose of a body in the future... I'm told. Tagging techniques, whatnot. So when these criminal organizations in the future need someone gone, they use specialized assassins in our present called "Loopers." And so, my employers in the future nab the target, they zap them back to...
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Referenced in Continuum: Second Truths (2013) See more »


Written by Ryan Lott
Performed by Son Lux
Courtesy of Anticon Records
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High Concept Intrigue
18 October 2012 | by (Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines) – See all my reviews

Looper seems like it's inspired by Philip K. Dick's several works. It's a Sci-Fi story that is set in the future with a quite interesting concept. The ads shows this as a typical nonstop action film. Surprisingly, it's much better than anyone would expect. It's actually a mind blowing film that tells an unpredictable story and has a great amount of thrills. The performances are strong and the directing is solid. Unlike most modern Sci-Fi films they depend on the action and the explosions. Looper is all about letting the audience intrigue all the way on the concept.

The important thing you should expect in this film is the brilliance of the concept than the action. Yeah, there's fighting and gunfights but it's mostly about the idea. The film tells it in a stylish and mind boggling way which makes it compelling. The story development is clever. The first half lets the viewers root for the film's world until the plot twists. It's great when a scene suddenly becomes confusing then it all make sense afterwards. Aside of its storytelling, Joseph Gordon-Levitt did a great job playing the young version of Bruce Willis as he imitates Willis' accent and gruffness. He still plays the role with his own style. Gordon-Levitt is energetic and striking. The rest of the cast are excellent.

The production design is decent. Its futuristic world looks magnificent and their weaponry looks awesome. The camera-work is one of the merits of the film. It makes the action look stylish and brings cool vertigo to the trippy moments. Every shot of the film is impressive. The most interesting one is when Joe was in the fields, you prominently see a cloud trail on the sky remarking the scene. The script is smart enough for explaining its concept and making things gripping.

Looper is one of those films that would stuck in your head in a long time because it's plain brilliant. It's so different to popular modern Sci-Fi films. This film is not an action movie cookie-cutter that leaves the high concept as the background of the film. This film simply narrates, mind-bends, and intrigues which makes it amazingly interesting. The idea is original with some inspiration. Looper has the art, the heart, the tension, and the brains that any science fiction fans would love.

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