Have you heard about the forthcoming time-travel crime movie Looper? I know that’s an uninspiring name, but the movie itself is very high concept. It promises to be a noirish hit-man movie that uses time travel as its main trope.
The movie stars Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as older and younger versions of the same character, respectively. To help convince audiences, Gordon-Levitt has been fitted with some subtle prosthetics to make his face resemble Willis’. (Not all movies go to that sort of trouble.)
I really like this poster a lot, because it conveys that the actors are two sides of the same guy, and you can see how the prosthetics just hint at making Gordon-Levitt resemble Willis without looking cartoonish. The playing-card motif makes me want to watch this movie.
I’ll let director Rian Johnson (The Brothers Bloom) explain the plot:
Looper is a time travel movie, set in a near future where time travel doesn’t exist but will be invented in a few decades. It’s pretty dark in tone, much different from [The Brothers] Bloom, and involves a group of killers (called Loopers) who work for a crime syndicate in the future. Their bosses send their targets hogtied and blindfolded back in time to the Loopers, and their job is to simply shoot them in the head and dispose of the body. So the target vanishes from the future and the Loopers dispose of a corpse that doesn’t technically exist, a very clean system. Complications set in from there.
The movie opens Sept. 28, so it gives us something to look forward to this fall. The plan is for some more teaser material to be released this coming week, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that the new material will bolster my good feelings.