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Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a "looper," a hit man who kills people sent back from the future. But things get weird when realizes one of his targets is his future self, played by Bruce Willis. And then they get worse when he lets himself escape. Co-stars Emily Blunt and Paul Dano, written and directed by Rian Johnson. Opens Sept. 28.
Rian Johnson fans have been anxiously awaiting "Looper" for a long time, and the first full-length trailer for the film, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt, does not disappoint in the least.
The trailer does a great job of laying out what is a potentially confusing plot: JGL is a "looper," a mob hit man who specializes in killing people sent back from the future via time machine. It goes without saying that as a looper, it is imperative that you never let your prey escape. But when Gordon-Levitt realizes one of his targets is his future self, played by Brice Willis, he pauses just a moment too long.
The art direction's got a whiff of "Blade Runner" mixed with "Swingers", without borrowing so much from either as to feel derivative, and the action looks great. But we do have some random thoughts and questions:
Gordon-Levitt starred in Johnson's first film, "Brick," a noir-ish murder mystery set in a modern-day high school, with JGL as a Sam Spade-esque teen trying to get to the bottom of things. It was a gritty whodunit with '40s-era dialog that would've made Dashiell Hammett proud, but featured kids and was bathed in California sun. It's an inspired and totally original piece of moviemaking. This newest collaboration promises more of the same.
"Looper" opens Sept. 28.