‘Looper’ Trailer: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Tries to Kill His Future Self

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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.

Confused? Well, perhaps things will be a bit clearer after you hear Joe (Levitt) explain his situation in the first full-length trailer for Looper:

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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.

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  1. CANT WAIT!!! seems like, along with the prosthetics, they also have joseph talking differently to.

    also, if josephs character is named joe, then obviously bruces name is joe also. that will be two movies in one year where bruce is Joe. People arent to creative with the names. poor bruce

    • I am curious how many times Bruce has starred in a movie with the name Joe or John (excluding Die Hards). I feel like those end up being his name in a lot films. Except he was named Dallas once.

  2. I’m defiantly down for this.

  3. Gonna be one of 2012’s finest. Along with TDKR, Lincoln, Django Unchained, and Prometheus.

  4. Looks pretty pretty pretty good

  5. I still don’t get it. If you have the ability to travel time, why waste it on body disposal? Why send one of you assassins back in time so that he can kill himself?

    • do you critique every movie plot like that? just enjoy the film for what it is. Bruce willis and joseph gordon levitt and time travel and scifi! cant get any better then that.

    • This is why you need to see the movie.

    • Adam,

      Maybe those questions are answered in the actual film.

      I have one thing to say to this trailer: YES.


    • I actually really dig the premise. I doubt that time travel is “wasted” on body disposal, but rather one small use for it that criminal organizations have developed. Getting rid of people with no crime scene, no murder weapon, no forensics, no witnesses, no suspect, and no bodies… why would they NOT use time travel to kill people?

  6. i like how bruce is still able to due a ton of action films at his age. one of the only good old action stars left. jackie chan is around his age and he has slown down quite a bit. though jackie has had a lot more brutal action career which im sure takes a huge tole on his body. he still is making one final all out action film which i cannot wait for, chinese zodiac!!!

  7. Looks good, the only thing that bugs me is that bruce willis doesnt look much like Joseph Gordon Levitt, aside from that I cant wait to see it ;D

  8. This just became my #2 movie to see (behind TDKR).

    Levitt + Willis = Win.

    Vic, please man the time travel device forward for us to see this, than you!

    • Nautius this is exactly what I think! I believe we are in the presence of the best sci-fi of the year!!!

  9. Looks TRILL! Can’t wait.

  10. I’m sold. I’ll support come October. It’ll probably be the last movie I see in North America…

  11. Looks good. I don’t think he looks like bruce willis but they did what they could

  12. what does “trill” mean?

    the movie looks great. Brick was pretty good, so i have hopes for this.

  13. WHAOH, This looks BADASS!

  14. This movie looks awesome! I can’t wait for it to come out. I like how they even made Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s face look a little different too, it looks more filled out than usual. His voice changing down an octave works nicely with his character seeing as Bruce Willis has a deeper voice than Joseph in real life. It already adds to the character! When I first heard about this movie I thought Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis were an odd combo but it seems to work in this trailer. It looks great and I can’t wait to see it!

  15. Looks great! Cant wait to watch JGK & Willis to see if they have the same mannerism.

  16. Looks awesome. Two of my favorite actors in future action, count me in

  17. Never thought much about this movie but after this trailer, Looper is one of my most anticaptied movies of 2012.

    This movie looks way better than that movie which Willis did with 50 Cent called Setup.

    Man, the trailer for Setup was just awful.

  18. That was a *terrible* trailer?! What are you guys going gaga about? There’s nothing more satisfying than a good time travel storyline. Hell, I even enjoyed the short-lived Terra Nova TV series. They’ve got to show me more to get me in the theater. It’s a “rent” for now.

  19. Wow, this looks pretty cool. Never really thought JGL could look like Bruce Willis, but they may have gotten it done. Of course, I’d need to see more footage to make a better observation, but from this trailer, JGL certainly does not look or sound like he usually does. Movie looks very original and i cant wait to see it!

  20. Based on the way everything is set up (i.e. the loopers know when and where their targets will show up & the fact that all targets show up blindfolded, tied up and without back armor) it can be assumed that the older Joe was sent back to kill the younger one and thereby close the loop.

    • That would make for an interesting twist. Willis kills JGL and as such both end up dead.

      In the trailer, JGL seems impeccably loyal to so vehemently chase down his older self (unless of course it’s simply because he’s being hunted by those shorting at him) that it is possible that Willis maintains the same level of loyalty and because he is old feels obligated to wipe himself out and remove all traces of the assassinations and its ties to the mob.

      This could, in and of itself, be the primary reason why people in this film are sent back in time to be assassinated.

      • The issue I have with that is if Willis is sent back to kill himself, then all the things Levitt did before he turned to Willis would be eliminated. That’s the issue with time travel there. Unless they plan to explain it, I think it’s safe to assume Levitt doesn’t die in the film. But I do like that idea. If they can explain it it would be superb.

  21. For those just tuning in: Looper marks Levitt and Johnson’s second joint effort (following t

  22. interesting !

  23. Looks cool!

  24. Did anyone else think of TimeCop?

    The gangsters/criminals in that film travel back in time to steal gold and gamble and stuff.