Rian Johnson’s Looper has been met with high-anticipation from both arthouse and sci-fi fans, due to its thought-provoking look at the phenomenon of time travel, and how that technology literally forces one young man to come face to face with himself. Action-heavy trailers showcasing stars Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (as two different versions of the same man) have certainly caught the eye of the average moviegoer; though, they still might not be certain what the movie is about, exactly.

But fear not: the latest Looper international trailer is here to help explain things.

For those who may still not be clear on things (despite the heavy exposition in the trailer): Gordon-Levitt’s character, “Joe,” is a hitman assigned to kill victims sent back in time by the future mob. Joe disposes of a body that technically doesn’t exist in the past, while no corpse exists in the future to incriminate the mob – and a perfect “loop” of unsolvable murder is closed.

However, when Joe’s next target turns out to be his future self (played by Bruce Willis), a moment’s hesitation costs him his quarry, and that failure puts young Joe in the crosshairs of the mob. After that, it’s a chase of Joe vs. Joe vs. the mob, complete with all the time travel mechanics that will hopefully be made clear in the film.

Rian Johnson is known for bending genre conventions into complicatedly awesome narratives (see: Brick and The Brothers Bloom), and many are expecting him to do for sci-fi what he did for neo-Noir with Brick, and crime-caper flicks with Brothers Bloom. From the marketing it’s clear the studio wants a wider demographic to be lured in by the futuristic visuals and action set pieces – but be forewarned, early word on the movie is that it’s a head-trip – albeit, one very much worth taking.

Looper will be in theaters on September 28, 2012

Source: Sony France