Re: Looper - Grade, Review, Discuss, ect.
My assertion was that this started as a short film, and the core of that film was not about family and a look violence and raising kids right, as you say, but was about the Looper concept and the idea of meeting and having to kill your future self. That was the core, and the citation I provided proved it. Sorry.. he added the other stuff to it to make a more rounded screenplay.
Even watching the movie you can feel the padding the stretchmarks, and the shift in focus.
Xavier: "Listen to me very carefully, my friend. Killing will not bring you peace.
Lensherr: "Peace was never an option."