September 28th is shaping up to be a pretty decent day for sci-fi fans. The final season of Fringe kicks off, and Rian Johnson’s time-travelling actioner Looper finally opens in a wide release. It feels like this film has been coming for forever, but we really are in the home stretch now.
You had me at Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. That alone is enough to get me into a theater; everything since that has just been gravy. Still, all of the previews continue to make Looper look like the sci-fi jam of the season. A new featurette shows some new footage and attempts to define precisely what a looper is.
Many of us are excited for Looper, and if you’ve been paying attention you know the basics. A looper is a specialized type of assassin. In the future time travel has been invented, but is outlawed. Organized crime uses the black market technology to their advantage, sending targets back in time, where a looper kills them.
This video reiterates that fact, but it also explores the looper lifestyle. Looping is a lucrative trade, and for all intents and purposes, this new breed of hitman lives a life similar to a rock star. Drugs, parties, beautiful women, fast cars; whatever they want is right at their fingertips.
The only real rule is, don’t let your target escape. That’s the one that bites Joe (Gordon-Levitt) in the ass. See, his future bosses decide to “close the loop” by sending his future self (Willis) back for assassination. Future Joe gets away, and as Johnson says in the video, the rest is a cat-and-mouse game between the two versions of Joe.
One interesting thing about this feature is that it shows more of the telekinetic aspect of the story than any other video we’ve seen thus far. For example, you see Emily Blunt floating a cigarette lighter around with her mind. That’s a part of the story that hasn’t been touched on much in the promo campaign. The shots we have seen look pretty intense, and I for one am curious to see how that plays into the story. Like we needed one more reason to see Looper.