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A 2012 American science fiction action film written and directed by Rian Johnson.

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Why are loopers required to kill themselves?

I was just wondering if anyone could think of any reasonable reason as to why in Looper the loopers have to kill their older selfs? I mean why not just send the older looper back to a different looper ...
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In "Looper" was there a reason why they didn't send people directly to the furnace?

In "Looper" the future bad-guys send back people to be killed in a field by a guy with a stupid gun who then takes them into what appears to be a massively-insecure blast-furnace equipped factory of ...
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Why don't more things change back?

In Looper, why don't more things change when they kill/maim people? Like when Joe shoots himself at the end and Older Joe disappears, why doesn't it undo the things that Older Joe did seeing as he ...
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How did Sara know what a Looper was?

In Looper (2012), Joe starts explaining time travel to Sara, and she says "You're a looper?" How did she know what a Looper was? What was her previous tie to the criminal world?
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How did the timeline work?

I'm not sure I quite understand how the timelines of Looper work. You have the initial timeline (A), where Joe shoots himself, goes on to party, and then meets the Asian woman. The Rain Maker starts ...
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How did they dispose old Joe's wife's body in the movie Looper (2012)?

The reason given in the movie Looper for sending targets to the past is that it is difficult to dispose bodies. From IMDb, Thirty years into the future in 2074, time travel is invented, but is ...
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Clarification about closing a loop in Looper

After watching "Looper", I could not understand how closing a loop works. What I understood is, If person A is in present as a looper, he would be sent to Past where he would wait for the victim from ...
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What were the car attachments/retrofits in Looper?

In Looper (2012), we see a number of "old" (for 2044) cars driving around. Many (maybe all?) have some sort of tubing running into the fuel tank. Do we have any idea what these are? I can only ...
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What did the sign say?

At one point in Looper, someone comes out of the crops in the dark and walks towards the woman. Joe jumps out to save her to find that the person isn't a threat and has a sign on them. I didn't ...
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How could Joe end up in the field?

I guess this is more a question about the nature of time travel more than anything else. At the end of the movie, Joe shoots himself in a field and changes the course of history. What I'm curious ...
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What is said on the Chinese broadcast 34 minutes into Looper?

At 34:00, we briefly see a television depicting mass-destruction and the English words 'Rainmaker'. What is being said in Chinese on this newscast?
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Why was Abe sent from the future and where is Abe in the present?

I could not understand why was Abe there from the future to manage the loopers. Quoting Wikipedia, His boss, Abe (Daniels), was sent from the future to manage the loopers I have two questions: 1) ...
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Crossing your own timeline, changing the future - how does that work?

There are many movies and TV episodes in which a character "crosses his own timeline", sometimes even meeting his past or future self (e.g. The Day of the Doctor). Technically, I should say meeting ...
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What happened to change Joe's timeline?

As far as I can remember, we see a total of three Joes in the movie. Joe A kills himself, then 30 years later gets sent back and is killed by Joe B, a closed loop. Joe B, however, changes from the ...
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Why is Jesse alarmed to see Cid?

I am referring to the scene where Jesse, the Gat Man, was releasing Sara who was held at gun-point. A moment later, Cid can be seen walking down the stairs (maybe because of the commotion downstairs)....
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Why do the Rainmaker's henchmen carry guns if murder's impossible?

In Looper why would the Rainmaker's henchmen carry guns if it's "nearly impossible to dispose of a body in the future"? Also, if "tagging techniques" are used, then wouldn't sending a tagged person ...
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Why is it that the police are helping track down Joe in Looper (2012)

During some scenes it show helicopter and near the end when Old Joe goes into the mob boss base you see police cars ready to move out. If it's organised crime gang why would they help kill Joe?
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What were the pipes going through the fuel tank in the car in Looper (2012)?

In the movie Looper (2012) there were multiple scenes with cars with some solar panel kind of stuff on the lid of the cars. Also, some pipe mechanism going through the fuel tank to around. So, was it ...
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Why not send back dead or drugged people in Looper?

I understand that it would ruin the story but why not shoot the target in the future and then just send back the dead body? Or with their legs broken? Or drugged? It seems like a lot could go wrong ...
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Clarification on assassinations in the film Looper [duplicate]

When the main character's money ran out when he was in China, he did freelance assassination jobs to cover his expenses; in the near future where, "disposing of bodies" is near impossible to be kept ...
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What happened to Abe in Looper?

Towards the end of Looper, "old Joe" is captured by the young guy and brought back to the mob's HQ in the strip club. Joe escapes by first kicking Abe in the crotch then shooting the young guy and Abe....
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Does Joe get captured in Shanghai because of revealing his intention to the future guy?

In Looper we learn that Joe is saving money so that he can travel to and live in Paris in the future. When he reveals this information to the "guy from the future" he advises him to change his dream ...
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How is it possible that old Joe was killed by young Joe, but he appears again? [duplicate]

There are 3 possibilities shown in movie. In one scenario, old Joe is killed as soon as he appears in the field. In 2nd scenario, he turns his back and survives. In 3rd, things change as young Joe ...