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Looper (2012) Review


Looper is a 2012 American science fiction action film written and directed by Rian Johnson, and produced by Ram Bergman and James D. Stern.


It stars Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt. It revolves around "present-day" contract killers called "loopers" hired by criminal syndicates from the future to terminate victims whom they send back through time.


Looper was selected as the opening film of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in the United States on September 28, 2012. The film received critical acclaim and was a box office success, grossing $176 million worldwide on a $30 million budget.


In 2044, 25-year-old Joe works for a Kansas City crime syndicate as a "looper". Since future tracking systems have made it nearly impossible to dispose of victims' bodies, the syndicate uses time travel. Managed by a man from the future named Abe, loopers kill and dispose of victims whose faces are concealed. The assassins are paid with silver bars that are strapped to their targets.


To prevent connections to the syndicate, a looper's final victim will be his or her retired future self. These targets are identified by gold bars strapped to them instead of silver. Killing one's future self ends the contract and "closes the loop".

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