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Looper

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Director: Rian Johnson

Cast: Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt

     
 

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A hired gun from the future discovers that his greatest adversary is himself in this twisting sci-fi mindbender starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and directed by Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom). In the year 2047See more details below

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Overview

A hired gun from the future discovers that his greatest adversary is himself in this twisting sci-fi mindbender starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and directed by Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom). In the year 2047 time travel has yet to be invented. Thirty years later, however, it has. Though immediately outlawed, time-travel technology is quickly appropriated by the mob, and used to cleanly dispose of anyone deemed a threat. The process is simple: When the mob wants someone to disappear, they simply send them back to the year 2047, where an assassin known as a "looper" quickly carries out the hit, and disposes of the body. Joe Simmons (Gordon-Levitt) is one of the most respected loopers around. Each kill earns him a big payday, and he's got big plans to retire to France. Then, one day, as Joe patiently awaits the appearance of his next target near the edge of a remote corn field, he's shocked to come face-to-face with his future self (Bruce Willis). When the younger Joe hesitates, the older Joe makes a daring escape. Now, in order to avoid the wrath of his underworld boss (Jeff Daniels), young Joe must "close the loop" and kill his older counterpart. Meanwhile, the revelation that a powerful crime boss in the future has set the underworld ablaze pits the two Joes on a violent collision course, with the fate of a devoted mother (Emily Blunt) and her young son hanging in the balance. Paul Dano and Piper Perabo co-star.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Filmmakers are forever struggling to come up with a new take on time travel, and in his third film Looper, writer/director Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom) toys with some familiar elements in a way that makes them feel fresh, exciting, original, and unpredictable. Add to that the compelling twist of Joseph Gordon-Levitt wearing his best Bruce Willis smirk, and you've got all the ingredients for a highly watchable, smartly written sci-fi actioner that adds up to more than the sum of its derivative parts. In the year 2047, time travel has yet to be invented. Thirty years later, however, it has. Although immediately outlawed, time-travel technology is quickly appropriated by the mob, and used to cleanly dispose of anyone deemed a threat. The process is simple: When the mob wants someone to disappear, they simply send them back to the year 2047, where an assassin known as a "Looper" quickly carries out the hit, and then disposes of the body. Joe Simmons (Gordon-Levitt) is one of the most respected Loopers around. Each kill earns him a big payday, and he's got big plans to retire to France. Then, one day, as Joe patiently awaits the appearance of his next target near the edge of a remote corn field, he's shocked to come face-to-face with his future self (Bruce Willis). When the younger Joe hesitates, the older Joe makes a daring escape. Now, in order to avoid the wrath of his underworld boss (Jeff Daniels), young Joe must "close the loop" and kill his older counterpart. Meanwhile, the revelation that a powerful crime boss in the future has set the underworld ablaze pits the two Joes on a violent collision course, with the fate of a devoted mother (Emily Blunt) and her young son hanging in the balance. A great concept can carry a film a long way. Even setting aside its stellar cast, assured sense of style, and careful attention to detail, Looper is nothing if not a great concept. Like a pulpy Twilight Zone episode served in future noir trappings, Johnson's screenplay wastes no time immersing us in the particulars as Joe knowingly introduces us to the concept of a Looper and details that initially seem incidental gradually start assembling into a bigger, more vivid picture. Meanwhile, it's all presented against the backdrop of a future that feels particularly lived-in. From floating motorcycles that simply won't start to junk cars with solar panels hastily slapped on the hoods and doors, everything in Looper feels cutting-edge, yet somehow on the verge of collapse. It's an aesthetic that not only recalls Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys -- another inventive tale of time travel starring Willis -- but also offers a much welcomed change of scenery from the stereotypically slick, impossibly hi-tech gloss cast over most Hollywood sci-fi endeavors. But none of this would work very well if the cast didn't sell it wholeheartedly, and thankfully everyone in the lineup, from the top-billed to the supporting players, put in the performances needed to immerse us in Johnson's ambitious story. Much as he did in Brick, Johnson creates a carefully drawn world in Looper that exists by its own particular set of rules. As laid out by Gordon-Levitt's character, and later, Jeff Daniels (doing most of his acting from behind a desk, but delivering a fantastic speech that establishes the high stakes of life as a Looper), those rules coalesce into something genuinely compelling, and Johnson adheres to them in a manner that's unwaveringly faithful without being rigid or clinical. Likewise, after the rules are established and the tone is set, Johnson's screenplay confronts viewers with an expertly conceived character conflict that adds an entirely new, somewhat dangerous, dynamic to the story. It's a small yet logical touch that ups the stakes in ways we might not have foreseen, and while it's also the point where Looper may become a bit predictable for some, it's the kind of flourish that makes up in execution for what it lacks in originality, proving once again that Johnson is the kind of filmmaker capable of shaping the conceits of the past into a bold new vision.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/31/2012
UPC:
0043396413511
Original Release:
2012
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
15,499

Special Features

Feature Commentary With Director Rian Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt And Emily Blunt; Looper: From The Beginning-Making-Of Featurette; 5 Deleted Scenes With Director Commentary; Scoring Looper; Looper Animated Trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Willis Old Joe
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Joe
Emily Blunt Sara
Paul Dano Seth
Noah Segan Kid Blue
Piper Perabo Suzie
Jeff Daniels Abe
Pierce Gagnon Cid
Summer Qing Old Joe's Wife
Tracie Thoms Beatrix
Frank Brennan Old Seth
Garret Dillahunt Jesse
Nick Gomez Dale
Marcus Hester Zach
Jon Eyez Gat Man
Kevin Stillwell Gat Man
Thirl R. Haston Gat Man
James Hebert Looper
Kenneth Brown Looper
Cody Wood Looper
Adam Scott Boyer Tye
Jeff Chase Tall Gat Man
Ritchie Montgomery Bodega Owner
David Jensen Apartment Super
Kamden Beauchamp Daniel
Josh "The Ponceman" Perry Farm Vagrant
David Martinez Old Dale
Wayne de Hart Seth Vagrant
Ian Patrick Beggar Kid
Craig Johnson Big Craig
Robert Harvey Parking Attendant

Technical Credits
Rian Johnson Director,Screenwriter
Atomic Fiction, Inc. Animator
Ram Bergman Producer
Christopher C. Chen Co-producer
Dan Mintz Executive Producer
Sharen Davis Costumes/Costume Designer
Bob Ducsay Editor
Mike Elizade Makeup Special Effects
Sarah Forrest Set Decoration/Design
James A. Gelarden Art Director
Julie Goldstein Executive Producer
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Executive Producer
Lindsay Graham Casting
Douglas E. Hansen Executive Producer
Michelle C. Harmon Set Decoration/Design
John Houlihan Musical Direction/Supervision
Nathan Johnson Score Composer
Nicholas Mastandrea Asst. Director
Wright McFarland Set Decoration/Design
David K. Nami Special Effects Supervisor
Eleanor Nett Co-producer
Nikki Brown Makeup
Jeremy Peirson Sound/Sound Designer
Scott Plauche Art Director
Dave Pomier Co-producer
Peter Schlessel Executive Producer
Lucas Smith Co-producer
James D. Stern Producer
Mary Vernieu Casting
Ed Verreaux Production Designer
Trinh Vu Set Decoration/Design
Steve Yedlin Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Looper
1. Chapter 1 [7:27]
2. Chapter 2 [6:07]
3. Chapter 3 [7:47]
4. Chapter 4 [5:25]
5. Chapter 5 [5:02]
6. Chapter 6 [9:36]
7. Chapter 7 [8:04]
8. Chapter 8 [4:36]
9. Chapter 9 [6:24]
10. Chapter 10 [7:28]
11. Chapter 11 [7:19]
12. Chapter 12 [8:33]
13. Chapter 13 [10:27]
14. Chapter 14 [6:38]
15. Chapter 15 [5:24]
16. Chapter 16 [12:20]

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