* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The Rainmaker. [[spoiler:Cid as a child decides that he wants to stop bad people and that killing a guy is as good a way as any to do it. Fast-forward thirty years and he has all the Loopers still alive sent back to be killed.]] This could be argued as a good thing for society because the assassins in the past aren't killing people anymore and their future selves who had escaped judgment up to that point get their karmic due.
** On the other hand there are the mass murders he ordered, and several were innocent people.
*** It seems like he is destroying ''hospitals''. Killing the future Loopers just seems to be his way of purging the ranks [[spoiler: and if you want to get another AlternateCharacterInterpretation, possibly perpetuating ''his own StableTimeLoop'', if he knows that Joe was a Looper and realised that he ''needed'' to send him back to make himself exist. But if he didn't know for certain who Joe was (or how he managed to escape), he decided to send them ''all'' back, just to be sure.]]
**** Which comes with the implication that he [[spoiler: [[SelfMadeOrphan deliberately arranged the death of his own mother]].]]
***** Or, alternatively, [[spoiler: tried to prevent it... by inadvertently ensuring it would happen.]]
** The Rainmaker was actually cleaning things up in the future - the news networks and word of mouth said it was bad and that "innocents" are dying because they were controlled by the very people who were trouble. The Loopers by extension were part of the problem.
*** The problem with "cleaning up" the Loopers is that the Loopers are only a symptom of the problem... murder and time travel. They're enablers but closing their contracts won't actually stop anyone from using time travel for murder. Just make it more difficult, and require endlessly sending back old Loopers as new ones are recruited in the past, creating a self-perpetuating problem if not another StableTimeLoop.
* AwesomeMusic: The use of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfbQ360G5Yo Jack Trammel's "Crushing Blow"]] in the trailers.
* HellIsThatNoise: [[spoiler: The high pitch screeching that occurs when Cid uses his powers. Everything else goes silent to emphasize this.]]
* JerkassWoobie: Kid Blue. Yeah, he's one of the bad guys, but just watch that scene where he's talking with Abe and saying he just wanted him to know he did good and try not to feel just a ''little'' sorry for him.
* MoralEventHorizon: While not shown on screen, [[spoiler: Old Joe killed one of the three kids he suspects might be the Rainmaker. He even had a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment afterward.]]
* MST3KMantra: Invoked by Old Joe in the page quote. The director admits that you shouldn't think too hard about the mechanics of the film's time travel.
* {{Narm}}: It's kinda hard not to giggle a bit when [[spoiler:an adorable little kid is making a pouty face as he unleashes his powers on others]].
* RewatchBonus: The scene where Abe tries to convince Young Joe to go to China when he closes his loop. This takes on a lot more meaning once you learn [[spoiler: Old Joe's motivation.]]
* RootingForTheEmpire: Quite a few people think [[TheExtremistWasRight Old Joe was right]] and that Cid is an [[Series/TheTwilightZone Anthony Freemont-esque]] monster, who good or bad, is simply ''[[PhysicalGod too]]'' powerful to safely exist in our world.

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