Looper SynopsisIn 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.
Looper Release Date
In Theaters September 28, 2012
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Piper Perabo, Paul Dano, Noah Segan and Jeff Daniels
Written by: Rian Johnson
Directed by: Rian Johnson
Produced by: Ram Bergman and James D. Stern
MPAA Rating: [ R ]
Distributor: TriStar Pictures, FilmDistrict
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