It looks like we’re not the only ones getting pumped for Rian Johnson’s science fiction thriller Looper. A clever new fan-made poster has surfaced, and though simple, the image illustrates the fundamental concept of the film.
In the future time travel exists, but the practice has been outlawed. However, the mob has found handy use for this black-market technology. In that business you occasionally need to make someone go away in a sudden, mysterious fashion. The problem is that disappearances lead to investigations that, again in this particular line of work, often lead to bodies and legal troubles. So what does the criminal element do? Send their targets back in time and let someone there deal with the problem.
This practice leads to the rise of a specialized kind of assassin called a looper. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is one of these hitmen. He does his thing, killing people from the future, making a good living, until one day the mob decides to “close the loop,” and sends future Joe (Bruce Willis) back for past Joe to kill.
The picture on the poster shows a gun, a simple revolver, pointing to the right. The barrel cuts off at the edge, only to wrap back around. In short the gun is pointing at itself in one continuous loop, just like Joe. It is one of those things that seems like such a intuitive idea, but at the same time winds up being quite affective.
Looper co-stars Jeff Daniels, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, and Piper Parabo, and opens September 28th.