Looper: Final Preview

Posted by Grey Saturday, September 29, 2012

Are you ready to face your past/fight your future? We don't know about you but we here at The Daily Zombies are all geared up for one of the most anticipated films of the year with one of our all-time favourite theme: Time-travel. Brace yourself for one hell of an innovative take on the genre with writer-director Rian Johnson's Looper. 

The wait is finally over. Yesterday marks the opening day of American film-maker Rian Johnson's sci-fi thriller, Looper. For those who live the rest of their post-Avengers or post-The Dark Knight Rises days listlessly looking for cinematic excitement, look no further than here.

While we here at The Daily Zombies need at least one thought-provoking time-travelling film on a yearly basis (we certainly wouldn't mind more than a few), the fact of the matter is this: time-travel has became a sci-fi clichĂ© by now with every conventional rule written and made familiar through incompetent display. When was the last time we seen a truly significant film with the tried-and-true theme of time-travelling? That honour, in our unhumble and certainly undead opinions, goes to Spanish film-maker Nacho Vigalondo's 2007 film, Los Cronocrimenes and to an even earlier extent, Shane Carruth's 2004 film, Primer. Along came Looper.

Here at The Daily Zombies, we preview films on an almost daily basis and we can assure you when we say this: Looper has the single most interesting synopsis of them all for the year. The concept of pitting Joseph Gordon-Levitt against his future, and inevitably older self played by Bruce Willis is a roar and we definitely expect more at stakes with the intriguing plot.

Gordon-Levitt is a professional killer well-versed in the peculiar work of taking the lives of people who were sent from thirty years in the future by the mob to manipulate the future. This is until his latest target: Himself, thirty years into the future and smartly cast to be played by Willis.

We have earlier had a good First Look at the film and have remained our hopefulness on the film's potential. After all, Twelve Monkey, incidentally also featuring Bruce Willis as its protagonist is unexpectedly one of the most memorable time-travelling film despite its subtlety.

The film has since opened the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival to almost universal acclaim. And we are pretty certain we are in for one hell of a mind-boggling time with this one.

Ever the awesome director that we knew he is, Rian Johnson, in a similar turn when he released an audio commentary track for his 2009 film The Brothers Bloom, has released an audio commentary track for Looper and it is freely available for download just so that fans (strictly on a second trip to the theatre for the film so that they can enjoy the experience better) can have a more intimate experience with the film. Johnson has gone on the record to ensure that the commentary will be totally different from the one he recorded for the eventual Blu-ray/DVD release.

Check out how to download the commentary (which we have embedded here as well) after the following comments from Rian Johnson himself.

Here's the link to download the commentary: Looper Theatrical Commentary Track

With no further ado, hit the jump to check out the trailers from the film.

The international trailer

And here's an extremely well-made animated version of the trailer. Do please head to Apple to view in HD to do the awesome clip justice.

And this is the first trailer.

Posters from the film that are released thus far.

Official set stills from the film.

And here’s the official synopsis for the film:

In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” – a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good… until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. The film is written and directed by Rian Johnson and also stars Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, and Jeff Daniels. Ram Bergman and James D. Stern produce.


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