“It’s OCEAN’S 11, but with rednecks — and it’s a damn fun time”


Score: B+

Rated PG with a running time of 119 minutes

This is classic Steven Soderbergh sinking his teeth into his bread and butter art — making the “heist” film! It’s OCEANS 11, 12 AND 13 all over again but with West Virginia rednecks. Robbing a NASCAR racetrack is a damn fun time at the movies. But when the film is long over, you will find something much deeper to remember. The simple, sweetness of family, friends, community and our humanity.

This is the first theatrical film that this director has made in four years. And it is a good one. This is the same director who brought us SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE (1989(; ERIN BROCKOVICH (2000); MAGIC MIKE (2012) and the brilliant Best Director Oscar winner — TRAFFIC (2000).

I think there are a number of reasons why this film is so strong. First, is the amazing chemistry between the lead actors. The laid-off divorced construction worker played by Channing Tatum. His talent never ceases to amaze me.

His brother is played by Adam Driver. I should add that he is a Veteran, as well as a one-armed bartender.

Riley Keough (from MAGIC MIKE) plays his sister. I should add that she is a bleached-blond explosive expert.

And I save the best for last. The violent prison convict is played by Daniel Craig. You have never seen him like this before. Who knew that he could be so funny. If there is any Oscar justice in 2017, Mr. Craig should be nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

The solid screenplay is by Rebecca Blunt. But throughout the caper, from the “Logan Family Curse” to the “Top Ten Rules to Follow” — all I could think of was the influence of the Coen Brothers. It is that kind of a crazy film. If you like them, you will love LOGAN LUCKY.

Perhaps the most significant reason why this film is scored as a high B+, is the fact that Steven Soderbergh retained complete control of the final cut. This is his movie! Plain and simple. And don’t be surprised if he also directed the camera work and the editing of this film. He does that a lot, but often will use a different name.

Soderbergh is now one of eight producers (including George Clooney) filming OCEAN’S 8 starring Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Matt Damon, Sandra Bullock and Rihanna. The film will be released next year.


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