Verdict: The oddball characters breathe life into this epic heist.
Steven Soderbergh has already won the heist movie genre with Ocean's Trilogy, now he returns with an Ocean's 7-Eleven featuring blue-collar workers from the country. Logan Lucky is a fresh take on a heist that also gives a glimpse into the real Southern US.
Logan Lucky moves swiftly from the start to the end. There's a carnival, a beauty pageant, a performance by country singer LeAnn Rimes, and the NASCAR race, with one rolling smoothly into the next. But it's not just what happens in the movie that makes it a fun watch, it's the eccentric characters who are in it.
The youngest Logan brother, Clyde (Adam Driver), who works as a bartender, believes their family is cursed with bad luck. He's lost his arm in Iraq, leaving him all right-handed. His elder brother, Jimmy (Channing Tatum) is a divorced dad who loses his job as a miner. The only one spared from the family curse is their sister, Mellie (Riley Keough), who has an extensive knowledge of hair and cars. Jimmy is the brains of the operation, forming a 10-step plan to get the money from right under the racetrack of Charolette Motorway, home of NASCAR. They team up with an incarcerated criminal Joe Bang (Daniel Craig, being 'introduced' in a whole new avatar) who will help them blow up the vault. They're accompanied by the Bang's brothers, Sam (Brian Gleeson) and Fish (Jack Quaid), who claim to be the computer guys who will complete the operation.
But the heist members aren't the only ones stealing the show. Jimmy's daughter, Sadie (Farrah Mackenzie), who's a contestant in the beauty pageant is equal parts adorable and sassy. There's also Seth Macfarlane playing a pompous British Max Chiblain, who's partnered up with NASCAR driver Dayton White (Sebastian Stan), who gives a brief but notable appearance. And this isn't even all of them. Logan Lucky also stars Hilary Swank and Katie Holmes. It's filled with actors you've seen somewhere before.
Even with its quirky characters, Soderbergh is careful not to turn them into a parody of redneck stereotypes. He has taken the American country, the American life and populated it with his characters that live and breathe in this world. They are memorable even with a small screen time. The cast slips into their roles so well that it's hard to imagine anyone else playing their roles better.
Logan Lucky a comedy through and through. Sure, it's a heist film but the entertainment value of this film comes purely from the laughs. And there's plenty of them. Logan Lucky has its fair share of hilarious situations and even riffs on Game of Thrones. But even with all the jokes, Logan Lucky has an undeniable soul that sets it apart from the usual heist movies.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Logan Lucky is a breeze to watch, with just under two hours of fast-paced fun. The cast is sure to impress you with their performances and you'll have a hard time picking your favorite. It's a must-watch for heist film fans, especially to see the strong directorial comeback of Soderbergh after a gap of four years.