What is “Looper?” Only the coolest sci-fi movie you’ve never heard of. The film, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis has tones of “Blade Runner” and “Total Recall,” and is set to be the sleeper sci-fi hit of the year.
Directed and written by Rian Johnson, the movie takes place in 2042. Gordon-Levitt pays Joe, a killer that works for the mob, while Bruce Willis plays the older version of Joe. The film also stars jeff Daniels and Emily Blunt.
The story is a bit of mind-scrambler, but breaks down like this: In 2072, the mob sends people back in time to be executed. During the course of his job, Joe finds himself pointing a gun at his older self. Things go sideways when his older self (Willis) escapes death and younger Joe has to track him(self) down.
For the part, Gordon-Levitt spent hours each day in makeup to look more like Willis but the special effects team even took the transformation a step further, digitally changing the color of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s eyes to match Bruce Willis’.
In a Apple.com behind-the-scenes preview the director called the movie, a “very gritty, grounded action sci-fi” comparing it to Willis’ 1995 “Twelve Monkeys.” The “Looper” movie trailer is online now, the film hits theaters on September 28, 2012.
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