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 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 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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Hunted by your future. Haunted by your past. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence, language, some sexuality/nudity and drug content | See all certifications »

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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

As the Gat men are mobilizing at Abe's and filing out, on the video screen to the right, the same figures pass by over and over. 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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Alternate Versions

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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Street Legal (The Face of the Crowd)
Written by Nathan Johnson
Performed by Nathan Johnson and The Cinematic Underground
Courtesy of Choplogic Music
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Excellent Performances But An Overly Ambitious Mixed Bag
29 September 2012 | by DUKEJBMSee all my reviews

This is simply one tough film to review or sum up. It's a very interesting film and the movie certainly sticks with you. Still, it plays as overly ambitious and it does stumble over itself far too often. It's a shame because it strives for so much and buckles under its own ambition.It does capture a kind of "Twelve Monkeys" vibe being that it's a gripping, grim and often times bleak film that won't make anyone's "feel good" movies list. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and Jeff Daniels all deliver excellent performances as one would expect. There's a mixed bag here to be sure.

I'm glad I saw it but I really can't say I care to ever see it again.


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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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2.39 : 1
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