(Steven Soderbergh, 2017)
Reviewed by Dave Lancaster
Summary: An enjoyable heist romp with a scene-stealing Daniel Craig in fine form, Steven Soderbergh's Logan Lucky is a safe bet.
Director Steven Soderbergh has had quite the diverse career - a youthful Cannes victory for independent relationships drama Sex, Lies and Videotape, an Oscar win for the sprawling drugs thriller Traffic with another nomination in the same year for Erin Brockovich and massive box office returns for his Oceans 11 trilogy.
When he announced his retirement a few years back, cinema lost an innovator who could be relied on to make (largely) contrasting pictures. Coaxing him out of retirement was a script by an unknown.
As a grand return to cinema screens, it's surprisingly safe and familiar. Indeed, this heist thriller with its ensemble casting, convoluted robbery plot, slick soundtrack and streak of black comedy running throughout is definitely cut from the same cloth as Oceans 11.
In the place of George Clooney and Brad Pitt, and with independent budget restraints in full force, we've got the likes of Channing Tatum and Adam Drivers as brothers with a plan to take a massive haul of cash while a NASCAR race drones over their heads. They'll need expert help and that comes in the form of Daniel Craig's incarcerated explosives expert who will need springing from his cell first before going straight into a new crime scene.
Ridiculous, yes but a great ride along the way thanks to Soderbergh's savvy direction that knows how to juice the wit and charm from a script and feed it to a handpicked posse of talented thesps. Craig absolutely steals the show as the manic crook while Tatum (who developed a strong rhythm with Soderbergh in Magic Mike and a handful of supporting parts in his other recent thrillers) proves himself to be one of the strongest screen presences going. From 21 Jump Street to Foxcatcher, Tatum is the one to watch. Again, he fuses the story and his character seamlessly together. Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katherine Waterston, Sebastian Stan, and Brian Gleeson offer fine support too.