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Crime Drama with a mental defect.

Author: miike7311 from United States
24 February 2010

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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!

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Mysterious, dark and delicate..

Author: traduli from Bulgaria
28 September 2009

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!

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The Lookout

Author: CharlesHile
27 August 2009

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.

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Very entertaining piece.

Author: kewos from United Kingdom
19 January 2009

"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 was wrong.

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

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Very Very Good

Author: dbm64202002 from United States
18 April 2008

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.

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Unfulfilled character study-cum-heist drama...

Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv
27 April 2013

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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Decent heist film with a twist

Author: monkeyboy12121-414-225890 from United Kingdom
25 April 2013

Watching a lot films takes it toll, as you work your way through all the 'predictable' ones or random action films. However the lookout gave a very fresh idea and it was delivered well, it has action, good characters and a likable protagonist. So why did i give it a 7?

Well, the premise is this. Chris Pratt (Levitt) plays a janitor who had a serious accident some years back and has been left with emotional scars and a lifetime scar of being unable to remember certain details- such as forgetting to lock his car etc. He lives a droll life and is haunted by his fatal incidence and wants to be treated as something more than a 'handicapped' person and is one day approached by a stranger to become involved in a bank heist.

The movie is somewhat slow into getting to the main plot but it is necessary to build up an idea of what Chris is like and also of the characters around him, like his good friend Lewis (Daniels). The film is tense at times but I felt like these were 'false alarms' and I expected them to not materialise and i thought this could have been executed better.

However the film does have decent character development and also has a smart twist in its tale and is definitely worth a watch if you're bored of trudging through the same old films over an over again.

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An Engaging Crime Film

Author: Desertman84 from United States
29 March 2013

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The Lookout is a crime film is about a former high school hockey star handicapped in a tragic car accident becomes an unlikely ally to a crack team of determined bank robbers in this thriller starring Jeff Daniels and Joseph Gordon-Levitt together with Matthew Goode, and Isla Fisher. It is the directorial debut of the screenwriter Scott Frank.

When his promising career on the ice is suddenly cut short, former athlete Chris Pratt goes to work as a janitor in a local bank. Cleaning floors soon gives way to criminal enterprise when the onetime puck- slinger is recruited to help clean out the very bank that employs him.

This is a straight-ahead drama, perfectly accessible though psychologically intricate, coupled shrewdly to a crime thriller. It is sometimes deliberately paced, and then intensifies at unlikely moments, artfully blending pulse-stopping, nerve-jangling suspense with sharp dialogue and nuanced portrayals. Also,it is an engaging, smartly directed thriller with fantastic performances from Gordon-Levitt and Daniels, though the script commits a couple of glaring errors along the way.

A must see!!!

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A screenwriter's darling

Author: vostf ( from Paris, Fr
15 September 2012

A broken character can easily become a writer's darling. Hey, instead of building up weaknesses deep inside a character a script just has to follow the single thread of poor guy who has to cope with our reality.

Actually this seems to be a very well-written script: general pace, scenes, dialogue. The problem is, when a writer's indulges in the pathos world of a broken character, we have to cope with a passive lead who cannot succeed in anything more than just surviving his own wounds. In the end we have a very nicely written story but it doesn't lead us anywhere. The main character is marginally better off at the end, but maybe he would have been better off anyway.

The funny thing is that it looks like the movie is too linear: we are always in a position of being one step ahead of the struggling hero, so why not try a more creative editing? The hero is advised to start with the end if he has trouble gathering his thoughts, so who's giving free lessons here?

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A Nutshell Review: The Lookout

Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore
3 February 2011

The news these days on Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the talks with director Christopher Nolan with regards to a possible role in The Dark Knight Rises. The actor did a tremendous job as the point man in Nolan's Inception with a set action piece that serves as the unforgettable highlight, and starred in one of my favourite films in 2009 - 500 Days of Summer, that I decided to take a peek back into his filmography, and hence this film.

The Lookout is a debut feature film directing effort by Scott Frank, who is probably better known as the screenwriter for Out of Sight and Get Shorty. And his writing shines here as he creates that rare film that is rich in characterization, and didn't fall into the trap of being indulgent with his scenes or characters, crafting characters whom we care for, pacing the story tight and not put to waste the scenes included. It's a classic tale of a promising someone being cut down to size by a tragedy and having to live with the mistakes made, fused with a heist plot that made it all a very compelling premise.

And who better to play this character of Chris Pratt than Joseph Gordon-Levitt? It called for a lot of emotion and in some ways is a challenge to keep something quite rote, fresh. Playing a man who has to rely on his notebook since his memory and brain got totally whacked from an accident that took the lives of his friends, Gordon-Levitt made Chris a little sympathetic, yet struggling to live with a handicap that he has to jot down things to remember, and having to get past sequencing and forgetfulness issues. It's a brilliant character portrayal of a man whose life got ripped from him, and is stuck in limbo of sorts that he can't really help it.

The story moves up a notch when we learn of his job as a bank janitor at night, forming a friendship with the township's sheriff, and the introduction of Gary Spargo (Matthew Goode) who claims to know Chris' sister, and slowly but surely is enticing Chris into his grand plot of robbing a bank from the inside, with help of course through Chris. But to do so means the gaining of trust, and what would always help will be to bring on some lady charms with Luvlee (Isla Fisher). Being slighted in the normal world would push our protagonist into the arms of crime - Matthew Goode in excellent form here as the devil incarnate offering an opportunity of no longer being looked down by others, since the mantra that's so seductive and so real that's shared, involves the saying that whoever has the money has the power.

Scott Frank kept everything deliberate, and puts things together in very intelligent fashion as things all come to a heady crescendo for a climatic end. Rather than to jump right into the more sexier aspects of what would be a bank robbery and then an opportunity for redemption to happen, he spends considerable time crafting the character of Chris Pratt for the audience and dwelling on his mental affliction, that an insurmountable emotional payload gets invested, which worked wonders. Jeff Daniels as the visually challenged Lewis also had a couple of scenes that will move, perhaps being a representation of someone who is at peace with his disability, making the most out of it, and an invisible goal for Chris to ultimately be at, given the struggles that the latter have to undergo now.

With a great soundtrack to boot, The Lookout is a character driven, excellent piece of storytelling that deserves to be seen by a wider audience. Don't miss it if you have the chance, or if you're a fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, then this is a definite must watch to see him in action and showcasing just why he's such a brilliant actor of his generation.

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