New ‘Looper’ Poster Teases Consequences of Time Travel Self-Assassination

Published 3 years ago by , Updated June 7th, 2014 at 10:21 am,

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A new poster for Looper, the time-travelling action flick that pits Bruce Willis against a younger, bounty-hunting version of himself (played by Joseph Gordon Levitt) has been released, further emphasizing the connection between the two characters. While ostensibly playing the same guy, Gordon-Levitt’s interpretation of his character in Looper breaches a specific level of imitation, made pretty evident in the image.

Past posters for Looper have emphasized the film’s intricately designed time-travelling capsule among other things, but this latest one-sheet continues the film’s stark, all-white motif. 

The poster isn’t very revealing of Rian John’s complex time-travel tale but the previously released comprehensive Looper synopsis explains that in the future, but also in the past, a group of hired guns known as ‘loopers’ are tasked with eliminating any target that is sent their way. Those targets however, are transported back to the looper’s time period, making their death a type of paradox, and more importantly a crime without clues.

Gordon-Levitt’s Joe has been enjoying a luxurious life as a looper until he comes across a job that initially gives him pause. That job involves eliminating the future’s version of himself, played by Bruce Willis.

As expected, younger Joe shakes off his apprehension and gives chase, throwing viewers headfirst into the meaty and complex plot of Looper. But at the same time, the thought lingers in the back of each character’s (and the audience’s) mind as to what implications completing the job will have.


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That leads into the design concept for the posters, which implies that the destruction of one version of Joe reciprocally harms the other. Director Rian Johnson (Brothers Bloom) researched time travel concepts extensively – even work-shopping the script with Primer director Shane Carruth – so don’t expect overly large logic leaps to be made, but also don’t rule them out entirely.

With a handful of festival screenings right around the corner and the film’s wide release set for September, it’s almost time for the full truth behind Looper to be revealed. We’ve seen pieces of the final puzzle, but given Johnson’s love of misdirection and surprise, there should still plenty left to unravel.

Looper hits theaters on September 28, 2012.

Source: Looper Network (completed poster courtesy of The Film Stage)

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  1. I’m really interested in this film. In a business over-saturated with Hollywood “blockbusters” it’s nice to see something fresh and original. I think this will be the surprise hit of 2012, like ‘District 9′ back in 2009. We need more original films!

    Films I’ve seen in theatres this year:

    The Avengers – 4/10
    The Amazing Spider-Man – 5/10
    The Dark Knight Rises – 7/10

    • r u high?

    • I too agree that we need more original films. That is why your ratings baffle me, especially your Avengers rating. The Avengers was a VERY unique movie, VERY original. Unless your version of original means “not based on a book or comic book”. I would guess you just dont like comic book movies but you seem to see them all. Maybe you should stick to movies with no more than a 60 million dollar budget and you will probably be happier with your movie selections. Just a suggestion.

      I myself love the idea of Looper and will be there on day one. But, also, keep the blockbusters coming. There is no comparison to a ton of money being spent on a movie the right way. The Avengers is a GREAT example of what money can do for a movie.

  2. Can’t wait for this one!!

  3. This looks brilliant.

  4. REALLY looking forward to this one!

  5. What they ^^^ said… 😀

    • Huh? That first comment wasn’t there when I posted this one.
      Definitely don’t agree with what that guy is saying lol.
      My comment was aimed at what Helix Reviews, Muhumuza and JessSayin said.

  6. ‘Primer’ has to be one of the most intelligent and complicated time travel stories ever put to film. For Johnson to actually go to the trouble of contacting Carruth and talking about his script in relation to ‘Primer’ shows a strong interest in trying to tell not just a good story but one that’s internally consistent with the best of the genre. Good news to be sure lets hope he tapped his acting talents experience in the genre as well…

  7. “Hunted by your future. Haunted by your past.” – now that’s a tag line! I’m very excited for this one.

    So…in the time travel spectrum of thinking, wouldn’t Bruce Willis have already been in JGL’s shoes at one point and must have killed himself at one point…oh dear, I’ve gone cross-eyed.

    • unless he created a new time loop… time travel headaches!!!!

    • Not if you assume that if you time travel back in time you create a new series of events. So Bruce Willis’s character probably didnt experience what JGL’s character does in the film. JGL character will have a different future than the Bruce Willis character did.

      I love time travel movies!

  8. This movie looks fantastic. We had two great superhero films (TDKR and Avengers) now we need something original

  9. Looper sounds interesting to say the least. I think Inception should be classified as a “time travel movie” because Dom Cobb is interjected at key points in the film and in the lives of the characters. Including Mal and her death and rebirth at various points. Waiting for a train. But you don’t know where that train will take you. Elephant, you are then washed up on the shore of your reality next to a fortress of an old man’s dream. Ha. You thought about it! This is the beauty of Inception.