After three days of vignettes featuring actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt and writer/director Rian Johnson talking about how cool their new collaboration, Looper, is going to be – interspersed with bits of footage from the film’s first trailer – we finally have the full theatrical promo for the sci-fi thriller to show you.
For those just tuning in: Looper marks Levitt and Johnson’s second joint effort (following the cult indie hit, Brick), wherein the former plays a hitman who makes a living by eliminating people sent back in time from the future. However, things quickly get out of control when Levitt’s character flubs up one of his jobs … after recognizing that the “target” (Bruce Willis) is actually his future self.
There’s a grainy, low-budget look to the photography and scenery in this Looper footage, mixed with unusual camera angles and movement that recalls Johnson’s work on Brick (and, to a lesser degree, The Brothers Bloom). Much like the filmmaker successfully blended Classic Film Noir murder-mystery tropes into a high school setting with his previous Levitt collaboration, with Looper Johnson appears to offer an ingenious spin on sci-fi concepts concerning the dangers of messing with the time-space continuum – mixed with some good old-fashioned shootouts and a man-on-the-run storyline.
Combine all that with a supporting cast rounded out by the likes of Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood) and Garret Dillahunt (The Sarah Connor Chronicles) – and it sounds like Looper could be another exciting, well-acted, thought-provoking sci-fi film for Levitt to put on his resume, alongside Inception.
Looper is scheduled for theatrical release in the U.S. on September 28th, 2012.