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Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough and Daniel Craig star in this NASCAR heist comedy from Oscar-winning director Steven Soderberg (Traffic).
Siblings Jimmy (Tatum), Clyde (Driver), and Mellie Logan (Keough) plan a heist at the Charlotte Motor Speedway just before the biggest race of the year, the Coca-Cola 600. But first they must break their vault-opener, John Bang (Craig), out of prison.
Rating: M Offensive language
Steven Soderbergh’s return to the director’s chair is an entertaining heist movie, in which he replaces the cool casino cracking charm of his Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13 leads with a bunch of rough-edged, blue-collar workers robbing a speedway.
Despite dragging here and there, it’s a fun ride watching Channing Tatum as Jimmy Logan, a dad with a busted leg trying to do right by his young daughter, alongside Adam Driver as his brother Clyde, a war veteran sporting a false arm. The perpetually unlucky Logans assemble a team of misfits, including a blonde Daniel Craig as incarcerated safe-cracker Joe Bang. Craig conducting an impromptu chemistry lesson mid-robbery is amusing, but it’s a prison riot with convicts arguing with warden Dwight Yoakam over the Game of Thrones books vs. TV series that scored a belly-laugh from me.
There’s a great supporting cast, with Sebastian Stan, Riley Keough, Hilary Swank, Katie Holmes, and Seth McFarlane almost unrecognisable as an arrogant, curly-haired Brit. But whilst the quirky character quota is high, none (not even a guy in the woods dressed as a bear) achieve the levels of hilarity of say, the Coen’s Big Lebowski.
Amusing and big-hearted, Soderbergh delivers an entertaining tale of honour among thieves. The moral is - never underestimate the underdogs, no matter how rough and ready they seem with all their good ol’ boy, beer-chugging, John Denver-humming, beauty pageant- and NASCAR-lovin'. Yee-ha and pass the spit-bucket, Logan Lucky ain’t deep, but it sure is fun.
The Guardian (UK)
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