Back in April we brought you the first trailer for Looper, the time-travel action-thriller starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the same character, Joe, an assassin, separated by 30 years. The movie, which has been quietly and intelligently biding its time until the summer rush is done has a new exclusive trailer from Yahoo! Movies.
If you’re not familiar with the concept of this film, Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt AND Bruce Willis) is a “looper.” A looper is a hitman who’s paid by organized crime from the future to kill their enemies, also from the future. The idea being that these people who get on the wrong side of the mob are sent 30 years in the past to be assassinated which seems to make for the perfect murder.
At one point we see a scene that takes place in a field where Joe awaits his latest target who simply and unceremoniously appears tied up and kneeling on a large piece of canvas laid out before him. Joe’s job is to kill the target & dispose of the body in his present time, which is 30 years before the target runs afoul of the mob. Only the instance we’re treated to is Joe’s older self who proves a worthy target and manages to escape execution. This is where the real fun begins.
The first trailer, which you can read about and watch here Looper – Killing Yourself At Work Was Never So Literal showed the execution scene and a good bit more. This latest exclusive from Yahoo! Movies gives us a lot more interaction between the two Joes, some glimpses of a futuristic city skyline, and more action.
Seeing the two actors play the same person separated by a sea of 3 decades is a lot of fun. Gordon-Levitt had to go through 3 hours of prosthetic makeup to give his face the subtle features to look like a younger Bruce Willis. It’s also amazing how well Gordon-Levitt has captured Willis’ mannerisms and dialogue.
It was reported that Gordon-Levitt put hours of dialogue of Willis’ movies on his iPod and listened to them repeatedly so he could mimic the elder actor’s speaking style. On top of that, Willis actually recorded several monologues from Looper that Gordon-Levitt had to recite so that the younger actor could get a verbatim copy of how he should sound when speaking those lines.
From what we’ve seen thus far, this movie looks to be a very substantive story with some very unusual twists on the time travel trope. Characters are a huge part of this film. Looper seems as if it’s going to be as much a moralistic character study as it is a scifi action film and that’s a great balance that should be very satisfying to audiences.
It doesn’t hurt that the two main characters are some of the most talented and well-respected actors in the business.
Looper opens in theaters on Friday, September 28, 2012, which will be here before you know it.
Check out more on Looper at these sites:
Yahoo! Movies Looper page