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Every now and then I check out a DVD of a movie, usually an indie, I never heard of but which for one reason or other sounds as if it's worth a look. More often than not, I discover there's a good reason I never heard of it. The Lookout turned out to have been one of the happier discoveries. Why wasn't it distributed more or marketed more? My guess is that it's a difficult film to market. The story, which others here have told and which I'll not repeat, sounds predictable (much of it is, but there are enough differences, based on character, that make it not predictable and very appealing); and the only actor I've heard of is Jeff Daniels (who's excellent, as usual) and he's in a supporting role, not the lead. Other actors, who are young, are excellent and give credibility to their roles, but how do you convince audiences to see non-name stars or featured players? (Their names may be familiar to TV viewers and to readers of this appraisal, but as I rarely watch any TV shows that have commercial interruptions, they're new to me.) I suggest you take a chance. The worst that can happen is that you'll disagree with me and spend a little more than an hour and a half on it. The best is that you'll agree and, like me, wind up buying a DVD of the film.
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I liked "The Lookout" pretty well. It's story moves and progresses along with good pacing. What it lacks in originality it makes up with pretty good social relationships, and an cast who all-around do a competent job. Jeff Daniels gets to steal the show for the most part, and to that extent, he helps lift most of the scenes he's in. With his help and the fairly serious Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the film has a balanced kind of feel to it character-wise. The heist is more-or-less run of the mill; (spoiler) we've seen these types of bank robber stories before done more intricately or bombastically. However, (spoiler) the brain trauma that Levitt's character had throws in an interesting bend to the whole scenario. The heist becomes sort of a backdrop and conflict for the friendship of the main characters, Overall, the movie work well, and is recommended.
"The Lookout" is a heist cum dram movie about Chris (Joseph
Gordon-Levitt) whose life turns upside down after a horrific accident.
He takes up the job of a janitor at a local bank, where he finds
himself caught up in a planned heist.
Cast wise, Perfect or near-perfect. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is truly a revelation in the movie. He delivers the performance of a person not able to remember or order things (ala Mememto) perfectly. His awkward lifestyle, his urge to stay or appear normal, his nightmares of his accident, his reluctance to join the heist, but unable to get out...all these aspects portrayed terrifically. Jeff Daniels playing the role of Chris's blind room partner/guardian, Bruce McGill as Chris's father, Carla Gugino as Chris's guide (brief appearance) etc is too good in their respective role. Special mention of Matthew Goode and Isla Fisher, who did extremely well too.
"The Lookout" is an extremely well-made movie. Kudos to the Director Scott Frank, who didn't compromise quality with lack luster scenes or dialogue. Everything was stitched well together, resulting in a movie that clearly is far better than most of the Thriller movies of nowadays.
Overall, "The Lookout" delivers much more than what would be expected from low-budget less publicized movie. Made with a tight plot, backed by strong lead performances, packed with adequate twist and turns; "The lookout" is surely a movie to lookout for.
My Verdict; 8/10
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Basically a lot of genre movies got made over the past years and I must
say that this is definitely one of the better ones and also works out
as one of the more original ones, despite its story.
Once you start thinking about it, the movie its story really doesn't make much sense. I mean, the plan of the bank-robbers is just pretty stupid and needlessly over-complicated, which only makes the risks for them even higher to get caught, or to get double crossed. Why did they even need the help of Pratt, it's not like he could had done much of they forced him. So the whole softening up of him, in order to get him to help out with the heist is just pretty silly and pointless in the first in the first place. Any other person would had gone to the police or FBI straight away once he heard with the gang was up to. It would had surely saved himself a lot of trouble.
But than again, it's not like most other movies have stories that do make sense or are realistic, which is most of the cases just fine. As long as you believe and are taken by the movie its story and characters it doesn't matter that much if the story is being air tight or realistic. And that is the case with this movie. So even though the story is far from a likely one, it won't prevent you from not liking this movie.
It also helps that the story has more subplots in it, rather than just one main plot line. It gives the characters some more depth because of their back-stories, which in return also gives the movie some more layers, which in return makes the movie still an original one to watch as well.
It's a movie with a really pleasant flow, despite of the fact that the movie does has some slower moments in it. It's simply a nice modern done heist-flick by Scott Frank, who made his directorial debut with this movie. He also wrote the script, as well as for plenty of other well known movies. His movies often seem to have a fast style in them. I like him.
It's also a movie with some good acting. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jeff Daniels are the biggest names but the movie also has some more fine supporting actors in it. It was also good to see Jeff Daniels in a good movie again. Too bad that it didn't really jump started his career again. The acting is also really what keeps the movie going and make it and its character still a compelling and involving one.
It's not the greatest movie you'll ever see but it's simply one that is fine and original within its genre, especially when compared to most stuff that came out recent years, within its genre. In that regard this movie feels like a pleasant and very welcome breath of fresh air.
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This was a good movie with some great acting. When an actor is given the task of portraying a subtle mental defect and makes you believe they have it, they have succeeded. The directing of this film was terrific and the suspense of the storyline drove the film right up to the end. Joseph Gordon-Levitt turns in a superior performance and Jeff Daniels shows his maturity as an actor as a blind mentor. Isla Fisher plays the love interest and makes her role interesting, not just a cut and dry part. The characters have good depth which always makes a movie more interesting. Worth the time and would be worth the money for those that have to pay for it!
First of all i want to say that some of the details of this movie are
very reminiscent of Christopher Nolan's "Memento" but at the same time
have own unique feel and distinctive look. Scott Frank really had done
great job to build a believable story with a good character development
and, oh boy, these are characters you will remember. The film starts
off really well and grabs you almost until the end (and the end in my
opinion is the only weak part of the movie as it is predictable and
inappropriate, don't get me wrong it is good but i was expecting more).
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's performance is remarkable as the young Chris Pratt, handsome and talented hockey player, the dream of every girl and a role model for every boy. After an accident Chris have to get use to his rare state that he is in, becoming an outsider that can barely handle his everyday life. The other characters you will meet are his sharp tongued room mate, some chicks and bad guys but believe me you want to see them by yourself you wont regret it!
Joseph-Gordon Levitt plays Chris, young man, who is trying to get back to normal life after a car crash, which caused him a brain injury. He shares his apartment with blind Lewis (Jeff Daniels gives a brilliant performance). Chris is soon pulled into a bank heist plan. The Lookout is well done crime drama, which relies on its characters. Whole cast gives fine performance and dialogue is not clichéd like it usually is in heist films. Writer Scott Frank proves himself to be a good director and I am looking forward for his next projects. To sum up, The Lookout is a compelling indie heist film, with a sad tone and believable characters.
"A guy in his middle 20's as a main character? Uummm Is not going to be
good" That's what I thought when I started to watch this movie. Well, I
The movie keeps simple all along but solid and effective. Actually it gets better and better and you dive more and more into the plots and the circumstances.
I'm sure Joseph Gordon Levitt will be a Hollywood star in 10 years time. Performances are solid. Jeff Daniels in his secondary role (blind Michael Pratt's flatmate) good, Matthew Goode is believable. Is not a big budget movie, at least not done with a blockbuster expectations and besides is better than a lot of them (Ocean's 12 and 13 come's to my mind). But don't get me wrong, the movie is a lot more about Michael Pratts circumstances than planning how to rob the bank. Having to decide between being part of the bank robbery or trying to get a better life without compromise his life more than it is.
Well defined characters, suspense, not new but mixing 2 attractive plot and the result is a satisfactory movie which keeps real. 7/10
Well paced, dialog about 90% believable, acting is excellent, really no annoying cringe-inducing moments, so rare in the movies of the past 20 years. I rent a decent amount of movies and almost always feel annoyed at wasting a couple hours after they're done, this one you won't be wasting your time on, very good, a true, honest representation of how things can easily go wrong in a person's life, and a great job by Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing a damaged individual trying to put his life back together. Jeff Daniels is enteraining as the blind friend, Isla Fisher is easy on the eyes, and the villains are all human beings as well as evil characters. The ending wraps up a little too neatly, but otherwise a truly excellent little film.
Young man in small town Kansas, working as the solo night-janitor at the local bank, is still suffering trauma and memory problems stemming from a car accident four years prior; he's recruited by a group of undesirables to help them rob the branch, and considers using his cut of the action to open his own restaurant. Not-bad drama, written and directed by Scott Frank, has some palpable tension in the atmospherics (which are vivid) and the mounting of the plot, though the tale itself is rather a simplistic one. There's also a violent sequence inside the bank which leaves one likable character unfairly cut down...curiously bringing no notice from the neighbors, but instead a prolonged third act capped with a tepid epilogue. ** from ****
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