MOVIE REVIEW – ‘Logan Lucky’

Steven Soderbergh's latest caper is a return to form for the once retired filmmaker!

Review by J.T. Johnson

DIRECTOR: Steven Soderbergh
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Peter Andrews
WRITER: Rebecca Blunt
MUSIC: David Holmes

If you love “Ocean’s Eleven”, then you’ll love this redneck twist on the heist film from director Steven Soderbergh. The movie stars Channing Tatum as Jimmy Logan, a father with a bum knee that just got laid off for liability reasons. Once he discovers that his ex-wife is going to move away with his daughter, he decides to get the money that will ensure he never loses his little girl.

This involves a plan with his one-armed brother Clyde (Adam Driver) as they decide to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Jimmy knows how to get the money as well since he was working for the construction company that was making repairs under the Speedway. Of course, the brothers can’t do it by themselves, so they turn to the incarcerated Joe Bang, played to perfection by Daniel Craig.

Once the plan is in place, it’s off to the races as we are shown how the brothers plan to get away with millions. Like Soderbergh’s “Ocean Eleven”, we are shown every step of the process as they pull off trying to break Joe out of prison and the heist itself. Also like “Eleven”, the movie contains plenty of twists and turns to keep your eye out for as the movie progresses.

The cast is absolutely fantastic. Tatum once again proves that he is more than a capable leading man and you really want to cheer him on as he attempts to pull off his outlandish caper. Driver is also fantastic as the soft-spoken Clyde who wants to help out his brother while also remembering that there is a Logan curse that has haunted their family for years.

One of the standout performances, unsurprisingly, comes from Craig as Joe, the mastermind who knows how to get into the vault that the brothers want to break into. Craig is so committed to his performance and does such a great job that I honestly had to remind myself that this is the same British guy who plays Agent 007. If Craig can keep getting roles like this one when he finally hangs up the Walther PPK, then he will have no trouble leaving James Bond behind when the time comes.

The movie’s story does have a few wrinkles but they are not that major. Seth MacFarlane and Sebastian Stan play a British businessman and NASCAR driver, respectfully. Both actors do a fine job with what they are given, but their characters did feel a little unnecessary. It felt like the filmmakers thought that there should be a little bit more of an obstacle for the brothers and this is all that they could come up with.

There is also a lot of information to process in the movie, but if you have a keen eye, you’ll be able to stick with it without any problems. Just don’t go to the bathroom or do anything else while you watch the movie. “Logan Lucky” ends Soderbergh’s three year retirement from feature filmmaking. I don’t know how much he really wants to dive back into the Hollywood system, but if his future films are as entertaining as this one, then I’ll be the first one to buy a ticket.

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