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  • Alas, Poor Villain: Jesse. Despite working for the bad guys, he's both stated and shown to be an honorable sort who Wouldn't Hurt a Child, takes hostages for convenience rather than leverage (and releases them unharmed after), and seems genuinely apologetic about having to apprehend Joe. Sadly, an enraged Cid doesn't play favorites.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The Rainmaker. 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 and if you want to get another Alternate Character Interpretation, possibly perpetuating his own Stable Time Loop, 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 deliberately arranged the death of his own mother.
      • Or, alternatively, tried to prevent it... by inadvertently ensuring it would happen.
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    • 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 Stable Time Loop.
  • Award Snub: Failed to get an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay, despite the script receiving critical acclaim and receiving WGA and Critic's Choice Award nods.
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  • Awesome Music: The use of Jack Trammel's "Crushing Blow" in the trailers.
  • He Really Can Act: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis play off each other perfectly, making it absolutely believable that they could be the same person. This trope is especially prevalent with Willis who is often accused of phoning it in but clearly makes an effort here.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This isn't the first time Bruce Willis has played his older self.
  • Jerkass Woobie: 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.
  • Moral Event Horizon: While not shown on screen, Old Joe killed one of the three kids he suspects might be the Rainmaker. He even had a My God, What Have I Done? moment afterward.
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  • MST3K Mantra: 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 an adorable little kid is making a pouty face as he unleashes his powers on others.
  • Rewatch Bonus: 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 Old Joe's motivation.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Quite a few people think Old Joe was right and that Cid is an Anthony Fremont-esque monster, who good or bad, is simply too powerful to safely exist in our world.


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