Friday, April 13, 2012

"Looper" Trailer

Rian Johnson's (late of "Brick" and "The Brothers Bloom") scifi movie "Looper" finally has a trailer:



Premise concerns future mobsters who dispose of victims by zapping them 30 years into the past, where specialty hitmen called Loopers whack and dispose of them (the guys aren't supposed to exist yet and thus register as just another John Doe is, I'm assuming, the logic in that.) Joseph Gordon Levitt is the Looper of the title; whose most-recent assignment hits a snag when the intended victim (Bruce Willis) turns out to A.) have an escape plan and B.) actually be himself from the future. I'm gonna guess the idea is that "you will at some point off your elderly self" is something Loopers agree to (hence the hoods so they don't know when it happens?) and the origin of the name.

Killer idea, hope it works.

13 comments:

Joshua the Anarchist said...

Interesting idea, but looking at the trailer, I have to question the wisdom of giving these "loopers" what looks like faux-futuristic guns. John Doe or not, I'm pretty sure those bodies will attract quite a bit of attention when it's discovered that the caliber of ammunition used to kill them doesn't exist.

Also, surely there had to be another actor out that that bore at least a little closer resemblance to a young Bruce Willis than Joseph Gordon Levitt (or vice versa).

P.S. I'm not sure why, but something about this movie is reminding me of the low-budget Tim Thomerson movie Trancers.

Anonymous said...

Bob (or anyone), I was hoping you could help explain why they don't just kill the criminals in the present, and have to send them back to the past to be killed?

Anonymous said...

Re other anon: Probably because it becomes very difficult for the future authorities to find the bodies.

Anonymous said...

Didn't even realise that was Joseph Gordon-Levitt until his name came up.

Anonymous said...

So organised crime has access to time travel and all they use it for is disposing of bodies? Pretty sure it wouldn't take a genius to rule the world/earn all the money. Even Biff from back to the future was smarter...

Uncle Tim said...

I'm really curious to see how rigid they are with the laws of time travel on this one. Ex: does future Bruce Willis' plan to escape hinge on him remembering the experience from when he was younger and knowing how everything will go down?

This brings to mind that long in-development-hell script the Gemini Man where an assassin was being hunted by a younger clone of himself. I also really like the subtle make-up work on Levitt to make him look just enough like Willis.

genguidanos said...

Don't blink!

Joe said...

@Anonymous 5:40 AM

Heh, reminds me of Timecop, where the bad guy's plan was to steal gold from the past to finance his presidential campaign. I'm pretty sure if you have a time machine, there are better ways to make yourself president.

I guess stylish thrillers don't need plots that make sense. Salt had great actors and was filmed well, but when they finally revealed the bad guy's ultimate plan, it was the stupidest thing ever.

Chris said...

You mean the mob has time travel and isn't playing each weeks lottery numbers or investing in the stock market?

Amateurs

Daniel R said...

You know, before the trailer I really couldn't see Gordon Levitt as a younger Willis but after watching the way he moves and heard his voice... Yeah I kinda get it. I know I suddenly feel like rewatching Die Hard now.

IIRC, Devin from BAD ran an article that said Levitt must've studied Willis's usual demeanor and look in his previous films. I'm pretty sure he was right.

I mean, look at his posture and face at around 0:16, that feels really freaking Willis-like to me.
Then again... I wasn't even alive when Die Hard hit theaters so um, take my opinion with a grain of salt.

Anyway, "Looper" looks pretty damn awesome.

David (The Pants) said...

Not reading comments, just saying that THIS LOOKS AWESOME!! I love creative/high-concept sci-fi action movies, or just sci-fi movies in general. In Time, Source Code, pretty sweet. This looks badass.

Varya said...

Gordon Levitt actually spent 4 hours a day in makeup to add likeness to Willis. Not major things, just enough so that you will see the resemblance.

Not Anonymous said...

I find it strange that half the comments here are assuming from the trailer that the future mob *hasn't* taken over the world. Or that they're the only ones with time travel technology.

Heck, Bruce Willis' ultimate plan could be derailing the mob's control of the future.