THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

LOGAN LUCKY (2017)

So glad that director Steven Soderbergh didn’t actually retire – the man who helmed the Ocean’s Eleven remakes, Traffic, Out of Sight and many other excellent movies is back.  The studio must not have believed in Logan Lucky, releasing it in mid-August when few are going to the cinema, but don’t let that stop you.  A low-key Channing Tatum is one Jimmy Logan, let go from a tunneling project under the Charlotte Motor Speedway – reason is, he didn’t tell them about his bad leg and his limp makes him a liability to the company.  He lives in West Virginia, and was driving two states over for this gig.  The family seems to have nothing but bad luck – but Jimmy decides to try and change that once and for all!  You see, on this project, their tunneling takes them through to where the pneumatic tubes dump the proceeds from each concession stand into a big room.  This becomes a heist film, with more than a few elements of Ocean’s Eleven and its sequels, robbing the speedway while the Coke 600 is in progress. But he needs help – among others, from his brother Clyde (an amusing Adam Driver) who lost an arm in Iraq and has a pretty cheesy fake one in place.  But they’ll need an explosives expert.  The one guy he knows is the aptly named Joe Bang (played way against type by, of all people, Daniel Craig with an odd Southern accent!).  He happens to be in prison, so they hatch another scheme to slip him out during the heist and get him back in before anyone knows.  The way this is accomplished involves, of all things, Game of Thrones!  Joe Bang insists on his younger brothers being involved, who don’t seem very bright at all!  Fish (Jack Quaid) and Sam (Brian Gleeson), amazingly enough, may be hicks but they actually know how to get the job done!  Lucky Logan’s subtext is of the little guy, getting crapped on by the system, and finding a way to beat the corporate and political abuses the Logans and their extended family have dealt with.  Whimsical, fun, suspenseful, Logan Lucky is a great reason to leave the beach and head for the movies.  Oh, and there’s a neat extended cameo towards the last third of the picture that had the whole audience buzzing – not spoiling it.  

 

TLA one-word review: exciting