When Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) gets fired, he convinces his brother Clyde (Adam Driver) and sister Mellie (Riley Keough) to help him rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway during a NASCAR Race. But they will need the help of Joe Bang (Daniel Craig), a convicted safe-cracker who is currently doing time. All they have to do is break Joe out, blow the racetrack vault, get away with the cash, return Joe to prison, and get Jimmy to his daughter's beauty pageant on time. What could possibly go wrong? Well, there is the Logan family curse .Written by
During the scene after the prison escape inside the grabber blue Mustang Shelby GT350, the wrong interior is shown multiple times. Specifically the steering wheel on a Shleby GT350 differentiates from a typical Mustang in that it has a large cobra in place of the usual running horse which was shown. See more »
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The standard "This movie is a work of fiction" disclaimer gets a little twist at the end: "Nobody was robbed during the making of this movie. Except you." See more »
"Logan Lucky" is directed by Steven Soderbergh, written by a woman whose name may in fact be a pseudonym for Steven Soderbergh. Not only is he back from retirement, he's adding to the growing number of female filmmakers.
The movie is all about the Logan brothers. Jimmy was supposed to be a big football star but then a leg injury ruined all that. Clyde lost his arm in the war in Iraq. There's a rumor that the whole family might be cursed, one the brothers want to dispel.
Jimmy just lost a mining job because of his disability and apparently the brothers used to pull small heist jobs years ago, but now Jimmy has a huge plan for a big score- robbing the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
To do it they need the help of Joe Bang, a safe cracker who they happen to need to break out of prison.
He's played by Daniel Craig, doing his best Southern accent. Listening to Craig do it is hilarious in and of itself, but Bang is also just a goof in general.
Accents in general are most of the best laughs here. This movie is like the Southern answer to "Fargo" in that way. Channing Tatum and Adam Driver do a nice job with this stuff too.
The other is that this movie is like "Oceans Hillbillies".
Tatum and Driver aren't the sharpest tools in the shed but they're easy enough to root for.
Two brothers here who seem to have been dropped on their heads repeatedly as babies. They steal the show whenever they're on screen.
Leading up to the robbery that's what this is- it's just a nice, dumb comedy that's as slickly told as any of Soderbergh's past work. Does it get a bit slow? Yes, but every time there is a meeting of the minds between this dummards, it's pretty funny.
Once the robbery jumps into high gear though Soderbergh doesn't pull any stops. From a stubborn prison Warden played by Dwight Yoakum, a very clever explosive device, and one of the best pop culture jokes since "The Lego Batman Movie" during a prison riot, Soderbergh knows comedy.
He also knows how to fight to make movies his way. Using a 2 point plan, he actually managed to fund this thing mostly by himself because of the currently weak studio system that hardly ever produces anything for adults.
Knowing that it's easy to avoid some of the more half-formed characters here, like Sebastian Stan's speedway driver or Seth MacFarlane as his manager. Also this thing seems like it's about to end and then Hillary Swank shows up for 20 mostly useless minutes. It has to many endings.
But otherwise this is solid comedy where everyone brings their A-game and makes for a fun, if a bit too long, flick to while away the dog days of summer.
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