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Looper (2012)

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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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Joe is classified as a "looper", a job in which his employers use time travel to send men from the future to be killed into the past, where Joe can properly dispose of their bodies. However, to tie up loose ends and erase the evidence of his ever being a looper, Joe knows that one day his future self will be sent back for him to kill. When this day comes, Joe's future self is prepared and escapes, and the two men struggle separately in the past trying to evade capture and attempting to fulfill their own personal agendas. Written by Ellen

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Hunted by your future. Haunted by your past. See more »


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

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28 September 2012 (USA)  »

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Looper: Asesinos del futuro  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis co-starred again two years later in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014), although they shared no scenes together. See more »

Goofs

The young Joe is right-handed whereas the older one, played by Bruce Willis, is left-handed. Not only that, all his mannerisms - the smirk to one side, the head tilt and so on - are mirrored. See more »

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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 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 him back to me, ...
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Referenced in Continuum: Second Truths (2013) See more »

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Fear Makes a Man Do Funny Things
Written and Performed by The Mashnotes
Courtesy of Glimmerfed Records
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Very clever, very original and very welcome.
29 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I would have thought it doubtful that anyone could have anything new to add to the sci-fi sub category of time travel movies. After watching Looper yesterday, i'm happy to report that Rian Johnson has removed those doubts and given me hope that sci-fi in Hollywood can be more than just empty spectacle.

First off i would say, don't get discouraged from watching the film if you think its going to be too complex or difficult to follow. To follow the story and recognise characters motivations does require a little concentration, but not to the point that you wont enjoy the action beats and other more visceral elements.

The story is well constructed, information and plot points are presented at an entertaining and well judged pace. There are some nice little throw away visual references and metaphors which, if you catch them, add a nice texture to the story and stop it feeling too clinical in its plotting.

The script is tight, hard edged and very dry in its humour, the actors are fantastic. I think its fair to say that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is well on his way to being "one to watch", Bruce Willis pops back to life here, clearly enjoying himself again, (although i wouldn't say this is solely a Bruce Willis movie in that definition).

This is a brilliant movie experience, its an wholly original and entertaining idea, that the writer/director has managed to successfully transpose to film without, it would appear to a layman, pressure or interference from external sources.

No matter how much of a good time you will have watching this film (and you will), Hollywood could stand to learn much more from it.


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