Try saying that headline three times fast. Then wrap your head around Looper’s premise: Mobsters from the future, in an effort to properly dispose of evidence, send their victims 30 years into the past to be executed by hired assassins called ‘Loopers.’ One such Looper is Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who one day arrives at the job to find himself with tasked with killing his future self (Bruce Willis), which is where the wackiness (including Gordon-Levitt doing his best Willis drawl under some subtle makeup FX) begins.
Looper is directed by Rian Johnson (who previously directed Gordon-Levitt in the excellent high school take on film noir, Brick) and co-stars Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, and Jeff Daniels in what looks to be one of the few high-concept actions films of the summer that is not a franchise, sequel, prequel, side-quel, reboot, remake, TV series adaptation, young adult novel adaptation, comic book adaptation, Michael Bay ripoff (I’m looking at you, Battleship), or 3D film. Kind of refreshing, no?
While only a short teaser, Looper looks to be, like Brick, a revisionist take on an old-school genre (time travelling sci-fi). Also a plus—there appears to be no smirking, paycheck-cashing Bruce Willis coasting that hampered the last few Bruno films. Here’s hoping he doesn’t go all David Addison on us in the full-length trailer.
What do you think of the teaser?