Looper has quickly become one of the fall movies I’m most looking forward to. Bruce Willis, time travel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis fighting a younger version of himself played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. That’s what I’m talking about. Rian Johnson’s film doesn’t open until September 28th, but promotional material has already been trickling in, including this new poster from the UK.
The poster is simple and creepy, and I have to admit I’m a bit surprised that it doesn’t prominently feature any of the main players. Their names are all there, but instead of famous mugs, there’s a bleak brick wall and a peek at a cool, old-timey time machine. Also, when you look through the door of the time machine, there’s an unidentified something inside.
Maybe you have better eyes than me, but I can’t tell what the hell is in there. I waffle back and forth between thinking it’s a melted human being, an empty diving suit, or perhaps a pile of gold (it looks a bit like Scrooge McDuck’s vault, and I half expect to see a cartoon millionaire duck swimming around in money). The poster is understated and mysterious, and I like that.
In the future of Looper, time travel is possible but illegal. But that doesn’t stop the mob from using it to make enemies disappear. They send people back in time and have an assassin “take care” of them. These hit men are called Loopers. Joe (Gordon-Levitt) is one of these hired guns, and when his employers send a future version of Joe (Willis) back—a move called “closing the loop”—the shit hits the fan.
Looper also stars Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels, Piper Perabo, and Noah Segan.