Logan Lucky (2017) Review

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Genre(s): Comedy, Crime

Runtime: 118 minutes

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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Lucky Logan is an adequate heist/comedy movie…nothing more and nothing less. Two hick brothers – Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) – need to break safe-cracker Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) out of prison to help them with a daring NASCAR race track robbery. This is a low-octane picture that prides itself on its quirky characters and loosey-goosey storytelling.

This film has several chuckles, but its low-energy approach doesn’t do anybody any favors. Adam Driver’s Southern accent is pretty amusing, though. The pacing is leisurely, only being kicked up a notch when the actual heist goes down. The runtime may have been a tad too long, with a fair amount of scenes after the climax.

The central caper is appropriately intricate and is, as you might expect, the reason to watch. This is where the picture is in its element and the build-up starts to pay off. The movie’s lack of substantial violence is interesting to note. Yes, there are some fisticuffs, but it’s all oddly good-natured. I would not go into this feature expecting an action extravaganza, though.

Logan Lucky sometimes feels like the heist version of Napoleon Dynamite (2004), except it’s a lot less funny than that film. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that it’s a waste of time, but its awkward tempo is a disservice. There are some clever plotting and beats here, don’t get me wrong. People who adore pictures that say “look at my characters…aren’t they quirky and offbeat?!” will enjoy this one, but I am less enthused with it.

My rating is 6 outta 10.

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