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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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Rian Johnson

Writer:

Rian Johnson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Joe
Bruce Willis ... Old Joe
Emily Blunt ... Sara
Paul Dano ... Seth
Noah Segan ... Kid Blue
Piper Perabo ... Suzie
Jeff Daniels ... Abe
Pierce Gagnon ... Cid
Qing Xu ... Old Joe's Wife (as Summer Qing)
Tracie Thoms ... Beatrix
Frank Brennan ... Old Seth
Garret Dillahunt ... Jesse
Nick Gomez ... Dale
Marcus Hester ... Zach
Jon Eyez Jon Eyez ... Gat Man
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Storyline

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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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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Trivia

This movie marks the third collaboration between director Rian Johnson and lead actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the first being Brick (2005), and the second being a cameo in The Brothers Bloom (2008) as a bar patron. See more »

Goofs

When Seth is in Joe's apartment awaiting the hit men, Seth is heavily sobbing in one shot, calm in the next, and then heavily sobbing again. See more »

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[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 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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Alternate Versions

The version shown on FX in the US features replacement footage for Piper Perabo's nude dialogue scene featuring her in lingerie; according to Rian Johnson on Twitter, it's also a different performance altogether. See more »

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I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
Written by Richard Thompson
Performed by Richard Thompson and Linda Thompson
Courtesy of Island Records Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A novel twist on time travel
3 January 2021 | by IndridC0ldSee all my reviews

There are some parts of this film I like SO MUCH. It's too bad there are many others that just drag on. The first 25 minutes are genuinely entertaining. This is where the movie sets up the plot, introduces the main character, (who gives a great performance) and exposes the movie's unique take on time travel. However, the rest of the film is just your average chase thriller. Not bad, but just not that good. I have watched and rewatched the first 25 minutes, and they are uniformly terrific. When I started watching it for the first time, I had to call my wife into the living room because those first 25 minutes TOTALLY drew me in. Unfortunately, like so many movies of today, it soon veers off into the trite and predictable. A shame.


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Language:

English | French

Release Date:

28 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Thibodaux, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,801,552, 30 September 2012

Gross USA:

$66,486,205

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$176,506,819
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2.39 : 1
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