Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig
Release Date: November 28, 2017
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 9/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
Hoping to reverse a ‘curse’ that’s hung over his family for generations, Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) hatches a plan to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR’s biggest race of the year. He convinces his bartender brother Clyde (Adam Driver) and hairdresser sister Mellie (Riley Keough) to help him pull everything off–but first they have to break the bomb-maker Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) out of jail in broad daylight. Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank plays a no-nonsense FBI agent determined to bring the Logans to justice and keep them from racing away with the loot in this high-speed caper from Academy Award-winning® director Steven Soderbergh.
‘Logan Lucky’ joins the famously unlucky Logan family as hardworking, good father Jimmy Logan (Tatum) is let go from his job, causing him to finally reach his breaking point when his financial troubles and an unexpected decision by his ex-wife threatens the time shared with his young daughter, the most important thing in his world. Enlisting the help of his bartender brother Clyde (Driver) and hairdresser sister Mellie (Keough) as well as an infamous explosives expert named Joe Bang (Craig) currently doing hard time, Jimmy’s oddball group sets out to accomplish the biggest score of their lives by attempting to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway during a massive NASCAR event which would set them up for good if pulled off correctly. Assuming of course that their supposed family curse doesn’t get in the way.
Directed by talented filmmaker Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven, Magic Mike) from a screenplay written by Rebecca Blunt which marks her screenwriting debut, Soderbergh does a wonderful job at the helm of ‘Logan Lucky’ guiding this ridiculously fun little heist comedy along with ease. The film also owes a tremendous amount of credit to the many talented and well known individuals that comprise the cast including Channing Tatum (Magic Mike), Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Daniel Craig (Skyfall), Seth MacFarlane (TV’s The Orville), Riley Keough (It Comes At Night), Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them), Katie Holmes (Batman Begins), Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry) and a number more, nearly all delivering noteworthy performances in each of their respective roles that never falter.
‘Logan Lucky’ is an incredibly fun, offbeat heist caper with a clever story populated by colorful and amusing characters portrayed by a stellar cast at the top of their game that should have no trouble repeatedly slapping a smile on your face as it takes you along for one goofy turn of events after another with the famously unlucky Logan clan. It’s a smart and refreshingly original take on the well known heist concept with plenty of heart and humor to contribute every step of the way. A carefree and just downright entertaining ride with an unforgettable group of characters, ‘Logan Lucky’ is effortlessly guided along its amusing course by director Steven Soderbergh and only boosted all the more by a magnificent cast at their finest that includes Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Daniel Craig along with more. I would definitely encourage anyone with even a modicum of interest in the film to try and give ‘Logan Lucky’ a watch if you can find the opportunity, especially for fans of the impressive cast as well as talented director Steven Soderbergh. This is one ridiculously enjoyable and humorous heist flick that keeps things continually fresh and never loses its way. ‘Logan Lucky’ is definitely well worth checking out and the odds are you’ll be thrilled you decided to do so.
Overall, ‘Logan Lucky’ is a well crafted heist flick that is as much downright comedy as heist movie and manages to blend the formulas perfectly. Delivering a smart, witty and consistently hilarious exploration of a robbery organized by one truly unlucky family and the lengths to which they are willing to go in order to disprove their family’s infamous trend of bad luck. ‘Logan Lucky’ is definitely highly recommended, it’s a wonderful, funny and just plain fun little film that constantly delivers, never faltering from its path or becoming even the slightest bit dull. Fans of filmmaker Steven Soderbergh’s work as well as that of Tatum, Driver, Craig and the rest of the noteworthy cast in particular won’t want to miss out on this splendid little ride and it should have no trouble whatsoever proving itself more than worthy of both your time and the cost of a rental at the very least.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Logan Lucky’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks outstanding as a whole and provides a clean, sharp and generally impressive presentation from start to finish, with no noticeable faults to be found along the way. It holds up admirably even during the darkly lit and heavily populated sequences and never allows anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a fantastic high definition video presentation from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment that should easily please.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack delivers a crisp, clean and at times fairly hard hitting audio presentation throughout. It frequently takes advantage of all five available channels in order to send vehicle activity, crowd chatter and plenty more throughout the various speakers regularly, and never causing any dialogue or other simultaneously occurring audio elements to become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, this is a great 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that delivers in every way required of it and shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Logan Lucky’ includes a single extra; a couple of ‘Deleted Scenes’ (running approximately 4 minutes combined) from the movie.