Now that Looper is officially a sleeper hit, there's been a lot of speculation that this could be the start of an era of smart genre movies. (We heard similar talk after Moon and District 9.) But it's definitely true that every time a smart genre film does well, it opens the door a little wider.
And you can learn a lot from Looper about how to do genre storytelling right — here are some lessons we gleaned. We already talked in our review about the ways that Looper handles genre tropes especially well — but here are a few specific lessons.