- Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Piper Perabo, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Jeff Daniels, Tracie Thoms, Noah Segan, David Jensen, Qing Xu, James Hébert, Nick Gomez, David Joseph Martinez, Dikran Tulaine, Jay Amor, Adam Boyer, Kristyl Dawn Tift, Brian Oerly, Pierce Gagnon, Kamden Beauchamp, Miles Marmolejo, Frank Brennan
- Director: Rian Johnson
- Writer: Rian Johnson
- Producers: Ram Bergman, James D. Stern
- Executive Producer: Douglas Hansen
- Art Direction: James A. Gelarden
- Castings: Lindsay Graham, Mary Vernieu
- Costume Design: Sharen Davis
- D.O.P.: Steve Yedlin
- Editor: Bob Ducsay
- Makeup: Mike Elizalde
- Music: Nathan Johnson
- Production Design: Ed Verreaux
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) – is waiting to mop up. 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) for assassination.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Louisiana, USA; Shanghai, China
- MPAA Warning: Strong violence, language, some sexuality/nudity and drug content
- Production Budget: $60 million
- Production Companies: Endgame Entertainment, Ram Bergman Productions
- Production Schedule: 24 January 2011 - 1 April 2011
2012 Guide Analysis: "Johnson has scored a lot of love in the critical community due to his first two quite strong if occasionally over-praised features. "Brick" was a film noir tale, complete with that overcooked language of 30's pulp detective novels, done in a contemporary high school setting with students. It's a one trick idea but he milked it well, and all on a budget of next to nothing.
His followup, the caper film "The Brothers Bloom" was a fizzer, a well cast but often messy film which tried too hard to be quirky and ultimately came off boorish. Here though he has pulled together something with real potential, a time-twisting dark sci-fi tale with a great hook.
Gordon-Levitt plays a contract killer who works for the mob of the future. After their deaths, he disposes of corpses by sending them three decades back into the past - leaving no trace of them in his time and a body that can't be identified in the past. Things take a twist when he realises his next target is a future version of himself.
"Inception" parallels will no doubt be made as they were with another recent sci-fi effort from a new filmmaking wunderkid - Duncan Jones' "Source Code". While that film stumbled in its last act, Johnson's feature will hopefully avoid such problems as the helmer has demonstrated a better ability to be playful with his subject matter. One of the highlights of the Fall."