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Out of work West Virginia single father Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) recruits his one-armed brother Clyde (Adam Driver), hairdresser sister Mellie (Riley Keough) and incarcerated criminal, Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) for an ambitious heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.

Review by Louise Keller:
Logan Lucky is a hoot. It's the sort of movie that allows you to laugh, relax and let everything wash over you. The characters from Steven Soderbergh's new crime caper may not be as slick as those in Ocean's Eleven, but don't be fooled: the ideas, execution and attention to detail certainly are. Rebecca Blunt's debut screenplay takes us into a rich reality of the working class - from behind bars to the bar brawls, opening up the world of a motley bunch of characters that are not necessarily replete with smarts. Everything is laid back - from the characters to the humour - and the payoff is delicious.

The film begins by introducing the characters and letting us into their realities. First up, there is Channing Tatum as Jimmy Logan, a down on his luck former football star who loves John Denver songs and his young daughter. His one-armed bartender brother Clyde Adam Driver, po-faced) is an Iraq war vet; his prosthetic arm regularly becomes unattached. Daniel Craig (in a brilliant piece of casting) steals every scene as the incarcerated serial criminal Joe Bang, looking every bit the part with bleached crew cut, tats and deranged laugh. He also has a penchant for boiled eggs. His ultra dumb brothers (Brian Gleeson and Jack Quaid) are so dumb, we can only shake our heads in disbelief. Then there is Elvis's granddaughter Riley Keough as Jimmy's sister hairdresser, Katie Holmes as his ex-wife, Katherine Waterston as a health worker, an unrecognizable Seth MacFarlane as the arrogant British race car driver, Dwight Yoakam as the head-in-sand jail warden and Hilary Swank as the FBI agent determined to crack the case.

With its often-ludicrous elements, the heist set up and execution is nothing short of brilliant. The film's homespun mood accentuates this, although the heavy southern accents are sometimes hard to decipher. The film's many delights include Joe Bang and Clyde's miraculous smoke and mirrors escape/return to jail and the inventive ideas involving cockroaches, gummy bears and garbage. If it's sheer, unadulterated fun that you're after, Logan Lucky is just the ticket.

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(US, 2017)

CAST: Channing Tatum, AdamDriver, Daniel Craig, Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Hilary Swank

PRODUCER: Reid Carolin, Gregory Jacobs, Mark Johnson, Channing Tatum

DIRECTOR: Steven Soderbergh

SCRIPT: Rebecca Blunt

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Steven Soderbergh

EDITOR: Steven Soderbergh

MUSIC: David Holmes


RUNNING TIME: 119 minutes



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