Looper is a 2012 American neo-noir science fiction thriller film written and directed by Rian Johnson, and produced by Ram Bergman and James D. Stern. It stars Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt and it revolves around criminal syndicates using contracted killers called loopers to kill victims sent through time travel. Looper was selected as the film of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. It was released in Australia on September 27,2012, and in the US, the film grossed $176.5 million on a $30 million budget while receiving critical acclaim. In 2044, 30-year-old Joe works for a Kansas City crime syndicate as a looper, since future technology has made it near-impossible to dispose of bodies, the syndicate uses time travel, invented thirty years later and outlawed instantly. Managed by a man named Abe Mitchell, loopers kill and dispose of face-concealed victims. To prevent connections to the syndicate, loopers kill their future selves with gold bars strapped to them when they retire, effectively ending the contract and closing the loop. Joe reluctantly hides Seth in his apartments floor safe, but is taken to Abe by Kid Blue, Joe reveals Seths location instead of forfeiting half his silver, and Abes men cut an address into younger Seths arm, then begin severing body parts. As Old Seths limbs disappear, he goes to the address and is killed, when Joes next target arrives, it is his older self with his face uncovered. Before Joe can kill him, Old Joe shields himself, knocks younger Joe unconscious, returning to his apartment, Young Joe fights with Kid Blue, only to fall off a fire escape and black out. In another timeline, Young Joe kills his older self as he arrives and he moves to Shanghai, where his drug addiction and partying persist, becoming a hitman to finance himself. Years later, he meets a woman during a bar fight, thirty years after, Joe is taken to close the loop and his wife is killed in the process. Overpowering his captors, Joe sends himself back to 2044 thereby altering history, when Old Joe sees Young Joe fall, he shoots the Gat Men and drags him away. Old Joe begins to manifest vague memories of Young Joes actions in the present, Kid Blue and several other Gat Men arrive at the diner and a gunfight ensues, Young Joe collects a corner of Old Joes map as both escape. Young Joe follows the map to a farm where Sara and her son Cid live, Sara recognizes the number on the map as Cids birthday and birth hospitals code. Young Joe guesses that Old Joe is going to all three children born at the hospital that day, not knowing which one will become the Rainmaker, so he waits at the farm to protect Cid. Jesse, another Gat Man, comes looking for both Joes at the farm, but Cid and Young Joe hide in an underground tunnel, later that night Sara and Young Joe have sex, and Sara reveals she has TK powers. Cids powers are revealed to be stronger, with Sara hiding in a safe when he has a tantrum
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Rian Johnson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt speaking at WonderCon 2012 in promotion of Looper.