Down on his luck West Virginia Family man Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) is tired with the hand he’s been dealt. Out of a job and struggling to maintain his relationship with his daughter (who’s in full custody of his ex-wife), Jimmy has had about enough of what his bartender brother Clyde Logan (Played by Adam Driver) calls the ‘Logan Hex’; the bad luck which has supposedly plagued the Logan family. When Jimmy discovers a golden opportunity to take money from the Motor Speedway during the Coca-Cola 600, the biggest NASCAR race of the year, he begins to formulate a plan with his brother. To pull off the audacious heist, the Logan brothers will need the help of the best in the business, Joe Bang (played by Daniel Craig). This sets the stage for what’s to come in Logan Lucky, the latest film from mastermind Steven Soderbergh, his first feature film in four years.
Logan Lucky is an very smart film in the most subtle way possible, hidden underneath layers of country accents and back and forth prattle between it’s characters. Soderbergh excels thanks to an excellent debut screenplay from Rebecca Blunt, as the frenetic pace of the film fits extremely well with it’s setting and characters. The main cast, which consists of Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, and Daniel Craig, are all fantastic in their own right. Tatum plays the lovable father who wants to change his luck, and his performance bounces off of Adam Driver’s well; the two actors have great chemistry in this film, as Adam Driver plays the more straight faced and silent brother. Every time the two are on screen together, laughs are sure to ensue. Daniel Craig undoubtedly steals the show as ex-con Joe Bang, bringing an eccentric and hilarious performance that we have not seen from Craig before. It is refreshing to see Daniel Craig enjoying himself in a role again, with his interactions with other characters and accent bringing another amazing performance to the table for this film.
Soderbergh does what he knows best with Logan Lucky, and that is properly conveying and directing an excellent Heist. Even a breakout scene to get Joe Bang out is apart of the film, and is just as fun and creative as the Heist itself. Not one detail or plot hole is left unfilled in this elaborate heist that is the crown jewel of the film, as the Logan Brothers and Joe Bang have their team assembled and their heist plotted to a T, even if you don’t see it right away. The process of the heist is obviously the most fun of the film, and thanks to excellent cinematography by Soderbergh it looks amazing as well. Every detail is important, every movement or action the character makes matters. The film doesn’t hold your hand guiding you through the film, rather, it makes you pay attention, which is yet another great quality of this film. The comedy in this film is offbeat just like it’s characters and it is top notch, never over the top and never when it is not needed.
One of the few complaints with this film is that not everything is wrapped up at the end as neat as it could (or should) be. Hillary Swank comes in at the last minute as an FBI agent with an investigation last act that is as quick as it was started. The payoff at the end of the movie is pretty well executed, albeit a bit confusing but nonetheless satisfying. Logan Lucky is a rare type of film, one with a subtle wit and offbeat humor that only a Director like Steven Soderbergh can really pull off. Logan Lucky is a very fun time at the movies, and fantastic heist film in general, that is sure to go down as one of the greats. It is highly recommended you check this one out in theaters. – Ernesto Valenzuela
GRADE – 8.9/10 – FANTASTIC
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Logan Lucky – West Virginia family man Jimmy Logan teams up with his one-armed brother Clyde and sister Mellie to steal money from the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Jimmy also recruits demolition expert Joe Bang to help them break into the track’s underground system. Complications arise when a mix-up forces the crew to pull off the heist during a popular NASCAR race while also trying to dodge a relentless FBI agent.