Looper looks for change

Posted by CB Droege

TriStar Pictures has released a new international trailer for its upcoming time-travel combat thriller.

In Looper, an assassin (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who specializes in disposing people for the mob of the future is surprised to find that his future self (Bruce Willis) has been sent back as his latest target. When the target escapes, he must hunt himself down before the mob of his own time decides he’s no longer of value.

This interview featurette goes into the nature of time-travel in this story-world, and the motivations of some of the characters:

 

 

Personally, I think it's positive that so much thought has gone into the world, and Gordon-Levitt's make-up alone is a testament to the importance writer/director Rian Johnson places on verisimilitude. Of course, how much of that attention to detail will actually make it into the film, and how much of it will be overshadowed by running around shooting things and blowing stuff up is yet to be seen.

The synopsis is thus:

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 – 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  for assassination.

Here's the theatrical trailer:

Looper, which also stars Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, and Jeff Daniels is set for a wide theatrical release September 28th, 2012.