FACE YOUR FUTURE. FIGHT YOUR PAST.
In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented - but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a "looper" - a hired gun, like Joe (JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT – The Dark Knight Rises) - is waiting to mop up and dispose of a body that technically doesn't exist.
Joe is getting rich and life is good... until the day the mob decides to 'close the loop," sending back Joe's future self (BRUCE WILLIS – The Expendables 2) for assassination. When Joe makes the mistake of 'letting his loop run", he soon finds himself on the run from not just the mob but his future self, who is hell-bent on changing the bleak future he comes from.
Written and directed by RIAN JOHNSON (Brick and The Brothers Bloom), this sci-fi action thriller also stars Golden Globe Award® winner EMILY BLUNT (The Adjustment Bureau), BAFTA Award® nominee PAUL DANO (Cowboys and Aliens) and Golden Globe Award® nominee JEFF DANIELS (The Newsroom).
- Animated Trailer
- The Two Joes
- Deleted Scenes
- Audio Commentary
Duration: 114 minutes
Blu-ray RRP: $49.95
LOOPER is set in the near future and involves a group of hit men called Loopers, who work for a crime syndicate in the further future. Their bosses send targets back in time, and the Looper's job is to simply shoot them and dispose of the body. The target vanishes from the future and the Looper disposes of a corpse that technically doesn't exist. A very clean system, unless you let your loop run...
Looper stars Joseph Gordon Levitt (Inception), Bruce Willis (Red), and Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau). The film's costars are Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Piper Perabo, and Jeff Daniels. Xu Qing, Garret Dillahunt and Pierce Gagnon also make appearances.
Looper is directed by Rian Johnson, based on his original screenplay. Ram Bergman and James D. Stern produced the film, with Christopher C. Chen, Eleanor Nett, Dave Pomier, and Lucas Smith serving as co-producers. Director of photography Steve Yedlin, production designer Ed Verreaux, costume designer Sharen Davis, composer Nathan Johnson, and editor Bob Ducsay led the creative behind-the-scenes team. Jamie Kelman and Kazuhiro Tsuji oversaw the special effects make-up, and casting for Looper was done by Mary Verniu. Executive producers are Julie Goldstein, Douglas E. Hansen, Peter Schlessel, and Dan Mintz.
GETTING IT MADE
The essence of LOOPER came to Rian Johnson over 10 years ago, around the time that he completed work on BRICK. 'I wrote a page and a half of text that was going to be a short film, with the basic elements: the mob in the future, the killer, his future self is sent back, and then them chasing each other across the city during the length of it, with voice-over going on," begins Johnson. 'What sparked it into becoming a bigger piece was once I hit upon some of the thematic things that we tackle in the movie."
Johnson shared his idea with longtime/regular producing partner Ram Bergman, who loved it. 'People are going to go crazy over it, let's do this," Bergman responded after reading the text. ('Any time Rian Johnson picks up the phone or he says, -I want to do something,' I'm there.") That's first and foremost. The pair was introduced after someone sent Bergman the screenplay for BRICK. "I hadn't read anything like that," recalls Bergman, who produced Johnson's first film and saw it go on to win the Special Jury Prize at Sundance in 2005. "My job is really to support him and guide him, to help him - whatever vision he has, and he always has a vision that's unique and original, says Bergman, who also produced BROTHERS BLOOM for Johnson.
'His writing is a cut above anything you read, and we knew that we were really lucky to be able to produce LOOPER, to finance it and participate," adds James Stern, producer and CEO of Endgame Entertainment. 'I think like all thrillers, the emotional component of LOOPER separates it from everything else, really makes it special. Once the script was written, it came together very fast, and with Joe (Gordon-Levitt) in from the get-go that's a big leg up," admits Stern of the relatively easy casting process. 'Everyone who read the script was excited, so it was a nice situation, a wealth of riches, as opposed to banging the bushes for cast."
Rian and Joe Gordon-Levitt met almost 10 years ago on Rian's first film BRICK. 'It is one of my favorite films I've ever been in," recalls Joe of his first experience with the director. 'Not long after we shot BRICK, he started telling me about his idea for LOOPER, and he ended up writing the lead character for me. It's the first time that's ever happened, as an actor that a screenwriter actually wrote a part for me to play; that was a great honor." 'I've been involved with it for years," continues Gordon-Levitt, who also has executive producer duties on the film. 'I was part of getting it up on its feet LOOPER and off the ground, making it happen and convincing people that it would be a good idea to give Rian a big budget to make a sci-fi movie."
With Gordon-Levitt confirmed to play Joe, a Future Joe needed to be cast. 'There were three or four names on the list and we said, -well, if we don't get one of those guys, we're not making the movie,'" reveals Bergman who was determined to cast someone that both Rian and Gordon-Levitt would be excited to work with. "Bruce (Willis) is such a good actor and was so right for the part in so many ways, adds Johnson. The two actors look nothing alike, but with the help of prosthetics and makeup the transformation defies credibility. "The second that Joe put on the makeup, got in front of the camera and started building this character of Young Joe, I knew we were going to be all right," affirms Rian, of Gordon-Levitt's uncanny ability to capture Bruce Willis. "Ninety percent of it is Joe's performance, he is incredible to watch."