TIFF announces opening film “Looper”

Star-studded movie is a time- and mind-bending action thriller.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

The flick "Looper," starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, will open things at this year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

The movie comes from filmmaker Rian Johnson. “Rian Johnson is a film auteur known for combining different genres to give his projects an original spin,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF, in an official release. “We’re thrilled to have 'Looper' open the Festival.”

The film tells the story of how 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 (Joseph 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 (Bruce Willis) for assassination. "Looper" also features Emily Blunt ("The Five-Year Engagement," "Dan In Real Life"), Paul Dano ("Cowboys & Aliens," "Little Miss Sunshine"), Noah Segan ("All About Evil"), Piper Perabo ("Covert Affairs"), and Jeff Daniels ("The Newsroom," "State of Play).

“I saw Rian’s debut feature Brick at the Sundance festival and was impressed by his ability to engage both the mind and the heart,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival, in the same document. “We were fortunate enough to premiere his follow-up film 'The Brothers Bloom.' Now, with 'Looper,' Rian has taken his filmmaking to a new level, and we can't wait to present it to the Toronto audience in the most prestigious platform we can offer. This is a new kind of Opening Night: an exciting, thinking-person’s action film from a director who really understands genre.”

TIFF opens on September 6th and runs until the 16th.

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