Looper trailer loses itself

TriStar Pictures has released the first trailer for Looper, an upcoming time-travel combat thriller.

An assassin (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who specializes in disposing people for the mob of the future is surprised to find that his future self (Bruce Willis) has been sent back as his latest target. When the target escapes, he must hunt himself down before the mob of his own time decides he’s no longer of value.

So far, at least watching the trailer, it seems like this movie is mostly an excuse for Gordon-Levitt and Willis to run around shooting at each other. Of course, teasers are often a poor way to judge how deep a film will be. As such, I’ll withold any real judgement until the second theatrical trailer, as that’s usually where we learn the sub-plots, but I’m not holding my breath in anticipation that this one will do a thorough examination of the ramifications of time travel in the hands of organized crime.

The trailer was posted with the following synopsis:

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 (Gordon-Levitt) – 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 (Willis) for assassination. 

Looper, which also stars Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, and Jeff Daniels is set for a wide theatrical release September 28th, 2012.