Movie Review: Logan Lucky
"It's a redneck Ocean's 11"
I can't take credit for that one sentence review. My buddy Sammy, who I saw the movie with, is the author of that quote, and of course that makes total sense seeing as this movie signals the return of the Ocean's trilogy director, Steven Soderbergh, who hasn't made a movie since Side Effects in 2013.
Logan Lucky is a colorful tale of two brothers, Jimmie and Clyde Logan (Channing Tatum and Adam Driver, respectively), who are just trying to make it in rural West Virgina. Jimmie was a high school superstar quarterback with a promising future, who hurt his knee bad enough he has a permanent limp and now works a construction job at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His brother Clyde, who joined the military to get out from his brother's shadow, lost part of his left arm in the service to his country and now bartends at a local watering hole. Jimmy shows up to drown his sorrows after being laid off and learning his ex-wife plans to move to Lynchburg with their daughter. After a physical encounter with a pretentious businessman (Seth MacFarlane) put an exclamation on the day, Jimmie decides it's time to end their losing ways and rob Charlotte Motor Speedway during a church event. He enlists a cast of colorful characters which include the Bang Brothers: convicted safcracker Joe (Daniel Craig), Sam (Brian Gleeson) and Fish (Jack Quaid) and the Logan's sister, Mellie (Riley Keough). Unfortunately there plan is forced to move up due to the construction work at the speedway finishing early. This means they have to perform the heist during the Coca-Cola 600 which presents way more problems due to the magnitude of the event. To say any more would ruin the fun of the heist.
Soderbergh as always makes the heist movie fun, from his trademark presentation of the way the heist comes together to showing us stuff we didn't initially see that explains earlier parts of the movie but the actors really sell the movie. Tatum and Driver are great as brothers who have each other's backs no matter what. Daniel Craig steals the show though as demolitions expert Joe Bang who is currently "in-car-cer-ra-ted". The rest of the players all add to the fun as well and there's no real weak link in the cast from Dwight Yoakam as the cocky jail warden to Jimmie's daughter, Sadie (the adorable Farrah McKenzie).
Logan Lucky is a fun heist movie that is a complete 180 from the glitz and lights of Vegas Soderbergh gave us in his Ocean's 11 and Ocean's 13 movies.