Logan Lucky (2017) – Dir: Steven Soderbergh (written by his wife, Jules Asner)

So these two guys, brothers, get fucked by the world and decide it’s time to finally pull off a heist.

The smart one with a limp and the capable one with one hand – both injured during military service.

The one handed guy, (who I didn’t even recognise is Adam Driver – as Clyde Logan) manages the local bar. The smart one, Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) is struggling to raise his daughter and then he gets fired from his job driving a digger, (because someone saw him limping and he didn’t declare his injury when he applied for the job – so for insurance purposes he was let go.) His boss is not an asshole, his boss’ superiors are forcing him to let the guy go.

Still, though, he’s trying to raise a kid, he’s divorced and his job prospects don’t look great. It’s time to do something about it.

‘Cauliflower’ The secret password for doing something really stupid.

His brother, Clyde, hears him out, they agree and it begins.

That’s all you need to know about the story, that way I’m not giving away the good stuff.

Daniel Craig is brilliant as the tough as nuts hard man, vault guy – Joe Bang.

Predictable is exactly what this film is not. Even, I suspect, if you could always solve the old Jonathan Creek mysteries.

You might predict the first wave of trickery, how they are planning to do it, how they do it, how they hope to get away with it.

But will you predict the second wave of trickery, what we didn’t notice, what they actually did versus what they want you and the two idiots to think they did, etc?

The humour isn’t really there, but it’s a smart, complex heist movie, with twists and turns and depth of character.

Joe Bang is a creepy dude, but with heart. You can trust him, just don’t cross him.

Clyde is a nice guy, who follows through and loves his brother.

Jimmy, the protagonist, (this is emotionally obvious, plot-wise I would say there are a few potentially central characters), is way more clever than he appears.

Clyde, Soderbergh and Joe Bang

It might be a bit whitebread of me, but I have to ask…

The only question I have is why a heist? They could apply that level of thinking and execution to any number of missions, quests or enterprises and pull it off. Perhaps it is their environment? They are surrounded by people who only excel when they’re ripping people off. The Logans can only work with the people they have access to. They just need a good reason to do so, low risk (a brilliant plan and relevant motivation) and high reward (cash.)

Or maybe they just like ripping people off. Fair enough, but I didn’t get that from their character. There feels like a whole other half of this movie that wasn’t on the screen. Even the ending implies there’s more to the story.

Okay so it’s a solid heist movie – but it still makes me wonder, if they’re that good, why are they working low-income jobs which is presumably the reason they are committing the heist in the first place? Why aren’t they running an espionage company or exploiting weaknesses in the market, or pooling their resources to make an adult film/Larry Flynt-esque operation? Those things have far less bodily harm/legal risk.

Perhaps it is not so much about reason as it is about emotional motivation. They are doing a heist because they want to rip off people who piss them off. On the surface you think it’s a crime of passion, purely emotional instinctive lashing out and kicking ass.

But eventually you realise the meticulous planning that went into this not only surviving but having no option to fail and certainly no way of those assets letting slip what they did.

So we come back to my question if they are that fucking clever and capable, why a heist?

2 stars.

Ups: Clever and entertaining, emotionally rewarding.

Downs: Missing a few pieces and not emotionally, artistically or intellectually amazing. Not an original story.

Published by Mikebprowriter

My sense of humour is absurdist, inwardly bleak, caustic and morose, self-referential, rebellious and defiant, even in some cases sadistic, but overall sincere and even in the tragedies, hopeful.

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