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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

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Rian Johnson
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Cast

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 ... 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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English | French

Release Date:

28 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Looper See more »

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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2010 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

Goofs

When the mob is preparing to send back Old Joe, there are four gangsters. Two restraining him, one attaching the gold bars and another preparing the time machine. In the fight that follows, there are only three of them. 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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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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On Second Thought - Not So Great
28 September 2012 | by mike-3842See all my reviews

Of course when you sit down with the popcorn to watch a movie about time travel you should be prepared for the time paradoxes and contradictions. In Looper they come in spades but unfortunately in this case they really don't make even a little sense

A quick summary of what the film is about: In the far future it is impossible to criminally dispose of bodies so the mob instead beams them back 30 years where "Loopers", in league with the future Mafia shoot them dead and crimate the remains. To tie up loose ends these Loopers themselves are also terminated in the same way by their younger selves, 30 years after they retire. This all goes swimmingly until a retiree escapes after being beamed into the past. Chaos ensues...

I have to say as I watched the movie unfold I enjoyed it. There was a good balance of action and drama and it was unpredictable enough to keep me on the edge of my seat.

However, now I am home I am thinking more about what nonsense the end actually was, (yes, a time paradox) and worse than that I also realize there is not one character in the film I liked. This makes it difficult to rave about later on.

Looper currently has a very high IMDb rating. I think over time it will come down to less rarefied altitude as it certainly doesn't deserve to be listed among the all time classics.

All that said, it's great fun, so don't let my tepid review stop you from seeing it. Make up your own mind. It's certainly worth watching if you are a sci-fi fan.


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