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"LOOPER"
(2012) (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis) (R)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

Alcohol/Drugs Extreme
Blood/Gross Stuff Extreme
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) Extreme
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Extreme
Smoking Moderate
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Sci-Fi/Action: An assassin who's hired to kill victims sent to him via time travel must contend with his next target being himself from thirty years in the future.
PLOT:
It's the mid 21st century and Joe (JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT) is an assassin known as a "looper" who works for organized criminals in a time when a certain portion of the population sports telekinetic powers. Waiting in a prearranged spot, he shoots bound and gagged victims who arrive via time travel sent from thirty years ahead in the future when it's decidedly more difficult to dispose of murdered bodies. Joe is paid handsomely in bars of silver and spends that money on mind-altering drugs and a hooker, Suzie (PIPER PERABO), who he's fond of.

He works for Abe (JEFF DANIELS), a man from the future who keeps a watch over the loopers using a variety of henchmen, including the trigger happy Kid Blue (NOAH SEGAN). Joe knows he'll eventually have his loop closed when a future version of himself will be sent back for him to kill so that Joe can live out the next thirty years before meeting that same fate.

He gets a taste of what happens when a looper doesn't carry through with the directive as his fellow assassin, Seth (PAUL DANO), can't get himself to pull the trigger on his future self who warns of a new ruler in the future known as the Rainmaker who's closing all of the loops. Joe then experiences that himself when his future self -- Old Joe (BRUCE WILLIS) -- arrives to be killed, but isn't bound or gagged. Old Joe manages to avoid being killed and takes off, leaving Joe in a perilous dilemma at the hands of Abe and his goons.

Joe and Old Joe meet to discuss their predicament, with the older version indicating he's desirous of killing the Rainmaker - in boy form -- back here in the past before his goons get the chance to kill Old Joe's wife in the future. With Abe's goons anxious to find and kill him, Old Joe takes off again, leaving it up to Joe to find and stop him. That results in him waiting at a farm house where single mom Sara (EMILY BLUNT) and her young son Cid (PIERCE GAGNON) live. But things aren't exactly as they appear, all of which leads to one tumultuous event after another with the future of various people as well as time itself hanging in the balance.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Teens who are into sci-fi and time travel movies definitely will, while fans of anyone in the cast might be interested as well.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For strong violence, language, some sexuality/nudity and drug content.


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