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- Apr 4, 2017
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Steven Soderbergh is no stranger to the heist movie, as he’s most famously known for the Ocean’s trilogy of heist films starring Clooney and crew. However, the man has a varied and widely diverse career, ranging from straight up spy/action films (Haywire), comedic whistle blowing films (The Informant), all the way down the pipe to films about male exotic dancers (Magic Mike and its sequel), so I wasn’t exactly sure WHAT to expect when I saw the trailer for Logan Lucky a few months back. It looked like a fun heist movie, but with Soderbergh’s habit of changing things up on the viewer I wasn’t exactly counting my plot chickens before they were hatched. This time though, it seems like the director wanted to remix an old classic, instead kind of remaking Oceans 11 in west Virginia, substituting hillbilly stupidity by the sleek charisma and charm of the Oceans movies. Despite being almost a blow for blow remake of those films (at least in style and execution), Logan Lucky is a charmer of a film, allowing the redneck sensibilities and sly humor that Soderbergh is known for permeate the experience and leave the audience chuckling as they leave the film.
Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) is a divorced father of one little girl, and stuck working his job in the mines of West Virginia. His ex wife, Bobbie Jo Chapman (Katie Holmes), married up the ladder to an annoying (but rich) car dealership owner and poor Jimmy is stuck just hanging around trying to see his daughter on good days. His younger brother, Clyde (Adam Driver) is a maimed combat vet, having lost his left arm in Afghanistan and wallowing in mediocrity running a little bar called “the Duck Tape”. Depressed, realizing that their lives are going nowhere, the two boys hatch up a hair brained hillbilly idea that they’re going to rob the Nascar track a few miles away. It’s the perfect job, as Jimmy just got laid off from the construction crew that was working just around the track so he knows the ins and the outs of the vault, and with so many people coming from miles and miles away to see the races it is just STUFFED with cash. The only thing is, they don’t have a way to get INTO said vault.
This is where Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) comes in. A local safe cracking hero, he’s the logical man for the job, but there’s the slight problem of him being in jail for the next 5 months after a bank robbery gone wrong. Well, that’s no problem for a couple of hicks with bright ideas, so Jimmy and Clyde cook up a scheme to break Joe Bang out of jail, get into the vault with millions in cash, hide the money, AND get Joe Bang back into jail with just the help of a couple relatives and the Logan’s sister, Mellie (Riley Keough). Simple? Right?
Not only that we get a whole host of cameos ranging from Hillary Swank as a straight laced FBI agent, to Seth McFarlane hamming it up in a near unrecognizable getup (it wasn’t until he had his nose broken and was using that nasaly voice that I caught it was him). The film just WORKS even though you know every beat of the film due to these people. They’re everyday, ordinary seeming folks, with ordinary problems, and WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYY too much relatability for those of us who grew up down south of the Mason Dixon line for comfort. It’s just hammy, fun and fully hilarious to watch this Hillbilly heist go down.
Rated PG-13 for language and some crude comments
Logan Lucky doesn’t blaze any new trails in the heist genre, but it’s a relatable film that just has fun with the characters and uses subtle humor and bumbling charm to make the film appeal to the viewers. I have to admit that I’ve been REALLY impressed with Channing Tatum after his career turnaround from being dumb pretty boy. He’s got some acting chops and actually been getting more and more grounded with each and every performance. His side performances have actually been some of the best I’ve seen, but his leading man roles have been getting better and better as well. Adam Driver once again proves that he doesn’t have to be a hipster douche to play a good character, and systematically steals the show once again. The 4K UHD is just as impeccable as the Blu-ray, but also carrying over the weak extras as well. Definitely worth a good, fun, watch for those of you who love a heist film.
Starring: Daniel Craig, Adam Driver, Channing Tatum
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Written by: Rebecca Blunt
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 HEVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1, English DTS 2.0, French (Candadian) DTS 5.1
Runtime: 119 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: November 28th, 2017
Recommendation: Very Fun Watch