Logan Lucky

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Steven Soderbergh, the director of the Oceans 11 franchise is out of retirement with Logan Lucky, a new heist movie that takes place at a NASCAR race.

Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) lost his job on construction at the Charlotte Motor Speedway because of a pre existing leg injury, and Jimmy makes a decision.  Approaching his Iraq veteran brother Clyde (Adam Driver), Jimmy comes up with a plan for robbing the track.  Needing help, the brothers approached incarcerated explosive expert Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) to aid their plan.

The strength of Logan Lucky is the original characters that exist within the film.  The characters are quirky, funny and well developed and that is something that could have been a real drawback with them.  However, these characters were well done and engaging.

Admittedly, Daniel Craig is easily the best character of the film and he steals practically every scene he appears in.  Yet, there were other very solid characters in the movie.  Dwight Yoakum, Katie Holmes, Seth MacFarlane, Charles Halford, Jack Quaid and Sebastian Stan all have quirky characters to play.  Young Farrah Mackenzie does an admirable job as Jimmy’s daughter Sadie.

The story itself is more complex than you think at the start, but it might be too convoluted.  By the end of the movie, they go through all the little bits that needed to happen for the plot to work.  Because of some of that convoluted nature,there are some sections of the film that is a bit dull.  So much so that I was dozing off through the first couple of acts.

Still, there was more enjoyment to be had in Logan Lucky than not.  The lead actors were all great, especially Daniel Craig.  Some have claimed that Lucky Logan is one of the best movies of the summer.  I would not go that far, but it was a good time at the theater.

3.2 stars

 

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