History Film / Looper

25th Aug '16 9:02:09 AM Cifer
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* ComplexityAddiction: One of the common complaints about the movie based on the trailer was that time travel plot seemed like a needlessly overcomplicated means of execution. However, this is actually averted in the film proper -- advanced tracking and forensics in the future have made disposing of bodies nearly impossible, so they kidnap the targets and send them to the past for Loopers to kill.

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* ComplexityAddiction: One of the common complaints about the movie based on the trailer was that time travel plot seemed like a needlessly overcomplicated means of execution. However, this is actually averted in the film proper -- advanced tracking and forensics in the future have made disposing of bodies nearly impossible, so they kidnap the targets and send them to the past for Loopers to kill. Though one probably shouldn't think too hard about why they aren't killed before being sent back or why abducting them is easier than murdering them or why the abductors [[spoiler:kill Old!Joe's wife without blinking]] rather than using non-lethal weaponry when the whole point of the setting is not to kill people in the future.
17th Mar '16 3:31:33 AM Eagal
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* HeroicSacrifice[=/=]HeroicSuicide: [[spoiler: Young Joe kills himself to stop Old Joe from killing Sara and ensuring Cid becomes the Rainmaker, though whether or not Cid still becomes the Rainmaker in the future is left unanswered.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice[=/=]HeroicSuicide: HeroicSuicide: [[spoiler: Young Joe kills himself to stop Old Joe from killing Sara and ensuring Cid becomes the Rainmaker, though whether or not Cid still becomes the Rainmaker in the future is left unanswered.]]
17th Mar '16 3:30:02 AM Eagal
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* ActorAllusion: The scene in diner in which Willis's Old Joe is chatting to Gordon-Levitt's Young Joe is reminiscent of another movie in which Willis is sitting in a diner across from a younger version of his character: TheKid.
18th Feb '16 2:38:35 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* AnachronismStew: While being set in the future, the common shotgun [[AwesomeButImpractical is styled like a blunderbuss]] and the [[NoNewFashionsInTheFuture clothes mimic previous fashions.]] Also, those are clearly 2000s and 2010s model cars that are seen in 2044.
** Lampshaded by the fact that the US economy has fallen apart, so older cars (retrofitted with some sort of battery or energy unit hooked up to their gas tanks from the outside) may be all that's available to the proletariat.

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* AnachronismStew: While being set in the future, the common shotgun [[AwesomeButImpractical is styled like a blunderbuss]] and the [[NoNewFashionsInTheFuture clothes mimic previous fashions.]] Also, those are clearly 2000s and 2010s model cars that are seen in 2044.
** Lampshaded by the fact that the
2044. The US economy has fallen apart, so older cars (retrofitted with some sort of battery or energy unit hooked up to their gas tanks from the outside) may be all that's available to the proletariat.
6th Feb '16 9:35:12 AM higherbrainpattern
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Joe is one such "Looper", and like all Loopers he has accepted the job knowing that some day, when his employers in the future wish to terminate his contract, his future self will be sent back in time to be killed at his hands, a process known as "closing the loop". The problem is that when his future self ''does'' appear, he does so of his own free will, unbound and ready to fight. Older Joe easily subdues Young Joe and embarks on is own agenda in the past - and he will not let anyone stand in his way.

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Joe is one such "Looper", and like all Loopers he has accepted the job knowing that some day, when his employers in the future wish to terminate his contract, his future self will be sent back in time to be killed at his hands, a process known as "closing the loop". The problem is that when his future self ''does'' appear, he does so of his own free will, unbound and ready to fight. Older Joe easily subdues Young Joe and embarks on is his own agenda in the past - and he will not let anyone stand in his way.
1st Feb '16 4:52:30 AM DazVoz
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* ActorAllusion: The scene in diner in which Willis's Old Joe is chatting to Gordon-Levitt's Young Joe is reminiscent of another movie in which Willis is sitting in a diner across from a younger version of his character: TheKid.
13th Jan '16 1:01:53 PM Kalaong
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The film takes place in the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture not-too-distant future]], at a point in time thirty years before the invention of time travel. Though it is illegal to use time travel, a flourishing black market has made the technology available to high-profile criminal organizations who have put it to practical use. Because it is nearly impossible to discreetly dispose of a body in the future (due to advanced tracking and tagging technologies), the criminals send the target back in time where an assassin (called a "Looper") kills and disposes of the victim before he technically ever existed.

Joe is one such "Looper", and like all Loopers he has accepted the job knowing that some day, when his employers in the future wish to terminate his contract, his future self will be sent back in time to be killed at his hands, a process known as "closing the loop". The problem is that when his future self ''does'' appear, Joe hesitates and is subdued by Older Joe, who has his own agenda in the past and will not let anyone stand in his way.

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The film takes place in the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture not-too-distant future]], at a point in time thirty years before the invention of time travel. Though it is illegal to use time travel, a flourishing black market has made the technology available to high-profile criminal organizations who have put it to practical use. Because it is nearly impossible to discreetly dispose of a body in the future (due to advanced tracking and tagging technologies), the criminals send the target back in time where an assassin (called a "Looper") kills and disposes of the helpless victim before he technically ever existed.

Joe is one such "Looper", and like all Loopers he has accepted the job knowing that some day, when his employers in the future wish to terminate his contract, his future self will be sent back in time to be killed at his hands, a process known as "closing the loop". The problem is that when his future self ''does'' appear, Joe hesitates he does so of his own free will, unbound and is subdued by ready to fight. Older Joe, who has his Joe easily subdues Young Joe and embarks on is own agenda in the past - and he will not let anyone stand in his way.



* FutureMeScaresMe[=/=]IHatePastMe: Old Joe is attempting to change his past and save his own life, but Young Joe enjoys his lifestyle too much to give a shit about the future and thus continues trying to kill Old Joe to preserve it.

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* FutureMeScaresMe[=/=]IHatePastMe: Old Joe is attempting to change his past and save his own life, but Young Joe enjoys his lifestyle too much to give a shit about the future and thus continues trying to kill Old Joe to preserve it. This makes the fight scenes between them fascinatingly complicated, as Old Joe, despite being an ''[[OneManArmy amazingly]]'' superior combatant, is obviously unable to kill Young Joe, inflict permanent damage, or even restrict his movements to any real extent(as the local mobsters will capture a helpless Young Joe and start cutting parts off him to force Old Joe to submit to being killed).



-->'''Young Joe''': ''My'' life? ''Your'' life! Becoming ''you!''

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-->'''Young -->'''Old Joe''': You got your life back, you better think right now about what that's worth to you.\\
'''Young
Joe''': ''My'' life? ''Your'' life! Becoming ''you!''
3rd Dec '15 4:00:22 PM ArthurEld
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''Looper'' is a ScienceFiction film directed by Creator/RianJohnson, in which Creator/JosephGordonLevitt plays a man named [[TheDanza Joseph Simmons]], and Creator/BruceWillis plays [[StableTimeLoop the same man named Joe]]. Yeah, it's that type of a film.

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''Looper'' is a ScienceFiction film directed by Creator/RianJohnson, in which Creator/JosephGordonLevitt plays a man named [[TheDanza Joseph Simmons]], and Creator/BruceWillis plays [[StableTimeLoop the same man named Joe]]. Yeah, it's that type a future version of a film.Joe]].
2nd Nov '15 2:26:10 PM TinyTedDanson
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* EverythingIsAnInstrument: As explained in the DVD/[=BluRay=] extras, the non-orchestral side of the soundtrack that contains industrial-sounding techno stuff was actually made from sampling industrial material and machinery, then remixed into music. Even the recurring harpsichord-sounding music was created by building a custom instrument that Nathan Johnson dubbed "The Gat Piano."



** {{Justified|Trope}} through consistency, as the gats are simply used for RuleOfCool: magazine-fed weapons and blunderbusses (used in range) always work, yet gats tend to jam and almost always miss. Of all the shots fired from gats, only '''five''' total actually hit a target: the mook shot on the fire escape by Old!Joe;[[note]]who humorously dies not from the shot, but from falling off the fire escape[[/note]] the three people shot during the [[spoiler:''La Belle Aurora'' shootout by Old!Joe[[/spoiler]], all at point-blank range; and finally when [[spoiler:Old!Joe tries to shoot Cid]], which only just clips the said target.

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** {{Justified|Trope}} through consistency, as the gats are simply used for RuleOfCool: magazine-fed weapons and blunderbusses (used in range) always work, yet gats tend to jam and almost always miss. Of all the shots fired from gats, only '''five''' total actually hit a target: the mook shot on the fire escape by Old!Joe;[[note]]who humorously dies not from the shot, but from falling off the fire escape[[/note]] the three people shot during the [[spoiler:''La Belle Aurora'' shootout by Old!Joe[[/spoiler]], Old!Joe]], all at point-blank range; and finally when [[spoiler:Old!Joe tries to shoot Cid]], which only just clips the said target.


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* RegionalRiff: The soundtrack is a mix of jarring industrial themes and powerful orchestrial pieces, with the former taking precident during the more violent sequences and city scenes, and the latter taking over for the more dramatic and rural parts.
** A prime example of the transitioning exists in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzCN96j7K60 "A Life In A Day" sequence (spoilers)]]. [[spoiler:The piece starts with pianos and percussion as Young!Joe travels to Shanghi, then immediately gives way to industrial noise when it cuts to him partying, abusing drugs, and committing crimes. The noises briefly die as the character transitions to Old!Joe, then return for a shot of a needle and the bar fight, before finally dying fully as Old!Joe spots his future wife and then settles down with her for the sequence end.]]
2nd Nov '15 2:01:26 PM TinyTedDanson
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** {{Justified|Trope}} through consistency, as the gats are simply used for RuleOfCool: magazine-fed weapons and blunderbusses (used in range) always work, yet gats tend to jam and almost always miss. Of all the shots fired from gats, only '''five''' total actually hit a target: the mook shot on the fire escape by Old!Joe;[[note]]who humorously dies not from the shot, but from falling off the fire escape[[/note]] the three people shot during the [[spoiler:''La Belle Aurora'' shootout by Old!Joe[[/spoiler]], all at point-blank range; and finally when [[spoiler:Old!Joe tries to shoot Cid]], which only just clips the said target.
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