12 September 2013 12:33 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Life of Crime

Written and directed by Daniel Schechter

USA, 2013

With the timing of a well-orchestrated heist, the latest screen adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel closes this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Given his recent passing and the well-deserved plaudits from various luminaries of pen and screen, his rap sheet has been celebrated over the past few weeks. Based on Leonard’s novel The Switch, writer and director Daniel Schechter has managed to embezzle a fine addition to the long list of lean Leonard works. Although it doesn’t quite hit the jackpot, it does manage to purloin some fine criminal characters and a gutsy group of belly laughs to boot.

Ordell Robbie (Yasiin Bey/Mos Def) and Louis Gara (John Hawkes) are looking to take down one big score, so when their inside guy alerts them to a wealthy mark, they hatch a devious kidnapping plan. Mickey Dawson »

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