Thursday, December 7, 2017

Now on Amazon Prime: Logan Lucky (2017)

Logan Lucky (2017) - Directed by Steven Soderbergh; Written by Rebecca Blunt; Starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Seth MacFarlane, Hilary Swank, Katherine Waterston, Dwight Yoakam.

By Kenny Howell

After being noticed as one of the most inventive, talented directors in films, Steven Soderbergh (Magic Mike) has spent the rest of his career trying not to reinvent the wheel.

He does still take chances and do more unique projects, but he has not shied away from genre works, which have turned into some of his more enjoyable films.

Logan Lucky is definitely one of those genre works, his return to heist films. This is a lot different from the dashing, suited men of the Ocean's series, these are hillbillies and rednecks from West Virginia and North Carolina.

They are led by Jimmy (Soderbergh muse Channing Tatum), a divorced dad who loses his job when his employers figure out he has a bum leg from an injury as a high school athlete. Needing to provide for his kid, he talks his brother Clyde, played by Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), and a few others into taking on a heist of the Charlotte Motor Speedway. That is where his last job was, and he saw how they moved the money underground where they were doing their work.

It then becomes hillbilly Ocean's, just as clever, and just as fun, maybe more so because of the limits the actors take to their backwoods characters. It is just a blast at times, even when things just seem a bit too convenient to make the plan work.

This type of film has been made numerous times before, even by Soderbergh, but it just shows how good he is at what he does. He doesn't try to reinvent the wheel. He just tries to make the material in front of him the best it can be, and he has proven it once again.

Logan Lucky is now streaming on Amazon Prime.

Rating: ***

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