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In this video interview Director Rian Johnson addresses the killing of Joe's wife: ... that's an accident. That was not supposed to happen. And they made some half-assed attempt to cover it up with burning down the house. But the truth is, they're in trouble because of that... He also gives some more details about the tracking method: everybody has ...


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I read a fascinating review/article that mentioned in passing this plot point. I can't find it right now and I'll edit this post when I do. (AHA FOUND IT). The author of this review put forward a theory which blew my mind. We see in the movie that not just "Loopers" and people sent to disappear are sent to the past. We saw that Abe was sent back from the ...


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I think the intention is that it's a lot easier and cleaner to have someone on the other side there to make sure the victim is taken care of, rather than just popping them to a location that they'll die at. Think about it this way. Lets say that they did pop people into a furnace to kill them. What happens if said furnace is down that day and the victim ...


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Film.com has an infographic by Rick Slusher: [click link for a larger image] Timeline A: In Timeline A, the looper hitman Joe successfully “closes his loop” in 2044, executing his time-traveling older self at the prescribed moment, earning his golden payday and proceeding to live out the rest of his life. Regarding the other key ...


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I think it's just because the "loop" in which Joe kills himself is that final loop, and something like killing someone is irreversible. But who knows, another Looper that knows Joe could come back and kill Joe before he kills that boy, and so in that loop the boy will live. Basically there are many loops with many different versions of our world, depending ...


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It is not mentioned how the time-travel works in Looper. You seem to enter a chamber to 'depart' but when you arrive you don't need any sort of equipment. It may be that time travel only works 'one way' that you can only go into the past. There is talk of 'news' from the future - which implies that messages can be sent back (physically at least). So ...


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Those are probably some kind of modified gasifiers which intake the exhaust fumes and convert them into consumable gas that would in turn run the engine. Gasification, was primarily done by burning fossil fuel like coal or wood. However, in my opinion the movie protrays some kind of an advanced gasifier that helps in fuel preservation, fuel re-cycling in a ...


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From TV Tropes: How does Sara know about loopers? They're known about in various circles, and may just be kind of that thing you don't discuss, like the mob in general. She may have just heard about it in passing, which could be part of the reason why she chose to move so far away from city life. Its implied that she was a hooker, and that she ...


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The way it works is someone is hired as a Looper, with the contract saying that they're employment will end when they kill themselves and get a nice payout. This is called closing their loop. After a loop is closed a looper has 30 years to live until their loop is closed. The way it works is the Looper's future self is sent to the past (the present from ...


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This is a good example of how Looper's premise is shaky in terms of logistics -- too many unanswerable questions, such as: Wouldn't it be better to have the FIRST person each looper kills be the looper's future self? Then each loop would be closed from the start. Given their drug-addled, crime-ridden lifestyles, how many loopers will actually live a full ...


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I've been thinking about this for a while and I think it's best explained by saying time isn't continuous but has lots of branches. At the end, when young Joe kills himself, old Joe ceases to exist in that reality although what has already happened cannot be undone. There will be another timeline in which young joe never existed to come back as old Joe to ...


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Jesse was not just a hired killer to say, but he had some morality. He was talking about taking things outside, and was listening to the argument. When Cid comes down, Jesse points the gun at him as a reaction. When Cid sees him, he is startled and slips and falls down the stairs. Jesse is surprised because Cid is just a boy and he did not want to point the ...


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As far as I remember from watching it this weekend you are thinking of two different guys as one. When Blue Kid (the young idiot) brings Old Joe to the club he doesn´t meet Abe before starting killing people. He meets another bearded man who is indeed killed. Then he works his way up to Abe to get him.


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It is unknown in the future exactly the level of police corruption the Mob will attain, but they may have their hands in how law enforcement is run, i.e. payoffs, kick-backs, etc, due to the ever-suffering/impoverished people in the future as the movie depicts. All they (the Mob) would have to do is put the word out on "Old Joe", that he's a deadly ...


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Abe was sent from the future to manage the Loopers. As for present-Abe, this character may not even have existed yet in the movie's time setting (2044). Maybe Abe was born in, let's say, 2049 and was sent way back in the past to, let's say, 2025. So for 19 years up to the movie's time setting (2025 when he was sent from the future to 2044), Abe was already ...


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I've thought about that too. It's not explicitly explained how time travel works except for how Old Joe explained how his memories change and were a "sea of probabilities" until Young Joe formed new ones. My thoughts are it's the infinite worlds hypothesis, there are an infinite number of realities, maybe old Joe only had a 5% chance of overwhelming his ...


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There's the concept of alternate timelines. I don't know whether you realize this or not, but I can sum it up as this - you can go to your past, but can't come to the future - it doesn't exist in the "same" timeline anymore. When Old Joe came back into the past, he came back to a different timeline. When his body was sent back into time, if Joe had killed ...


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Multiple loops of the same story, we are just seeing the final loop that closes the story.


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In the Looper universe, the "change" asked about only happens to people who are visiting the present from the future. And the only type of change that happens is that the people from the future will bear the effects of anything that happens to their present-day selves. For example, cutting present-day Joe will result in Old Joe's body suddenly showing a ...


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There were no changes in Joe B's timeline. His wife WAS shot the first time (as Joe A) but he could do nothing, was captured (as shown when he was shown sprawled across the floor) and sent back and killed. The second time, he managed to over power his captors and send himself back. This was the change in Joe A & B... Also, Joe B knew Joe C would shoot ...


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There are two logical ways of dealing with time travel paradoxes: Stable time loop. When you travel to the past, whatever you do, you won't actually change anything (which pretty much implies there is no free will). In fiction, the way this is often done is that the time traveller attempts to change the past, but doesn't succeed, because it was him who ...


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My belief is that the audience is guided towards the nonsensical belief that there are two dimensions of time - ordinary time, and "meta-time" - that is, that before "now" in "meta-time", the universe had such-and-such a history, but one second later in "meta-time", history was "changed", and the past became a different past. This doesn't actually make ...


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They send them back because there is no evidence of any murder in the future if the person is sent to the past.


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I don't believe they did dispose of her body. The reason for loopers is mainly so organised crime lords can make people disappear. Hard to argue that so and so was killed when you can't track a body. Joe's wife was what might be considered collateral damage. They most likely wouldn't get any blow back from anyone other than Joe so no need to dispose of her ...


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I may be completely wrong here, but . . I personally thought that a paradox had been created in that timeline. When Young Joe fell from the fire escape I thought the fall killed him, which would have stopped him living to be old joe, to come back & die, thus negating the need for young joe to go on the run in the first place . . . I took this as the ...



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