In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a looper, a hired gun, like Joe is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good until the day the mob decides to close the loop, sending back Joe’s future self for assassination.
Director Rian Johnson’s around-the-world adventure concerns brothers Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) and Bloom (Adrien Brody), orphans who bonded in childhood and were mentored into highly skilled con men by an enigmatic Fagin figure (Maximilian Schell). By the time they are adults, they have established a fail-safe formula: Stephen is the “head,” creating elaborate plots with a Machiavellian glee, and Bloom is the “heart,” charged with playing the part of the front man. Bloom is as moody as Stephen is driven, however, and wants to quit after every assignment. Stephen finally implores him to do one more job – one so sweet it cannot be refused – agreeing to dissolve the partnership upon its completion. [Synopsis courtesy of the Toronto International Film Festival]