Looper – Killing Yourself At Work Was Never So Literal

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I’m a sucker for time-travel stories.  I’m also a huge Bruce Willis fan, so when I first heard about Looper I was pretty sure it was something I’d want to see.  Having Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing the same character as Willis really piqued my interest.  The story uses time travel in a way that I don’t think has quite ever been done and it’s a pretty ingenious as well as practical, if not nefarious, application within the story itself.

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.

If you haven’t seen the trailer, you’re going to wonder why you haven’t heard more about this movie.  While it may currently be drowned out by the huge rush of summer movies being heavily touted at the moment, Sony Pictures was smart enough to hold the release of this film until September 28.  Watch the trailer below and tell me you aren’t ready to see it now.  I triple-dog-dare you.

See?  I’m not one to say I told you so, but…yeah, I did.

You probably noticed that Gordon-Levitt didn’t exactly look like himself.  Well, that’s because he had to sit through 3 hours of make-up in order to look like a younger version of Bruce Willis.  He even put hours of Willis’ dialogue from various films on his iPod so he could learn to speak like him.

The coming months will be bringing us plenty of big budget action flicks, but Looper is one to keep an eye on.  Even with a time-travel premise, it’s got a much more grounded feel to it than much of what we’ll see this summer, that often means potential audience members will feel it’s more accessible than the flashier, CGI heavy fare typical of this time of year.

For more on this, visit the Official Looper Website and Facebook Page.

Tom Gardiner