A redneck Ocean’s Eleven, I’m giving Logan Lucky a B.
Jimmy Logan (played by Channing Tatum) has lost his job and possibly his daughter but he’s a man with a plan. He enlists help from his brother, Clyde (played by Adam Driver) who lost his arm after two tours in Iraq and his sister, Mellie (played by Riley Keough), a hairdresser with a lead foot. But in order to rob Charlotte Motor Speedway, they will need the help of an expert in explosives- enter Joe Bang (played by Daniel Craig). Unfortunately, Joe is in prison with six months left to serve.
What begins as a list on Jimmy’s fridge, turns into wild ride as the pieces fall into place. The Logan brothers break Joe out of prison, enlist the help of Joe’s two brothers and gain access to the vault, but you must count on things going wrong, after all…the Logan’s are cursed.
It’s a funny movie about a family who truly cares for each other, no matter what. And when one of them needs the other…they all join in, even if it’s breaking the law.
Filled with an amazing cast, including Katie Holmes, Hillary Swank, Sebastian Stan and Dwight Yoakam, most are only seen for a short moment. However, Daniel Craig steals the movie. His character is both charming and a little insane. With his white bleached hair and prison tattoos, he’s as far from James Bond as can be. I’d love to see him do more comedy roles. He has definite talent for it!
Directed by Steven Soderbergh who had directed Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13 as well as Magic Mike, Logan Lucky feels very much like a poor man’s Ocean 11. Soderbergh had retired from directing four years ago and changed his mind for this movie. No wonder it has the same feeling and similar storyline.
Logan Lucky features many surprises right up until the end, when they reveal what really happened. Sadly the movie feels a little slow at points and long. There were certainly some characters which could have been cut like Seth MacFarland’s British NASCAR sponsor. Also the heist is contrived. It goes off with very little real problems. But if you are looking for a movie which entertains and has a good feel, you’ll want to catch it. Just don’t spend big bucks!
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