I loved the light hearted fun movie (by jyoti1020)
I liked it even more after reading Steven Soderbergh's interview about cutting out big studios from the profits and sharing it with the crew instead. Good for him! "The film is also an answer to questions he's been grappling with his whole career: What if you could make a movie that cut out studios entirely, allowing the filmmaker to do as he or she pleased? What if infamously shady studio accounting could be reduced to something as simple as a password-protected website, where everyone involved with the film— from the producers to the costume designer to Adam Driver— could <more>
simply log on and see how much money the film had made, and what percentage of that money was theirs?"
Interesting n involving heist film with good comedy. (by Takethispunch)
West Virginia family man Jimmy Logan teams up with his one-armed brother Clyde and sister Mellie to steal money from the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Jimmy also recruits demolition expert Joe Bang to help them break into the track's underground system. Complications arise when a mix-up forces the crew to pull off the heist during a popular NASCAR race while also trying to dodge a relentless FBI agent.
Best Comedy I've Seen in 10 Years (by karinafaolin)
I saw this movie at random because I go to the movies for the sake of going to the movies, so I watch pretty much everything . That being said, I've seen at least 1/4 of the movies that have come out in theatres since 2010, and this was the best comedy I've seen in the last 10 years. Most comedies lately rely on soft core sex scenes and smoking weed for humor, which gets boring when that's every comedy movie. Don't get me wrong, that can be funny, but it's just been so overdone . Anyway, I laughed continuously through this movie.
Pure redneck entertainment! (by TheTopDawgCritic)
This film was better and much different than I expected. At first the pace seemed very slow and the story predictable and seen-it-before. But then the pace picked up and you really get into the characters of which every single one was cast and played their role perfectly and the story which overall was very well written - especially the ending . The ending had an obscure twist forming, but right at the very end, it comes together for a grand finale! Very enjoyable and I'm definitely watching this one again. It's a 9/10 from me.
Loses a star for Seth MacFarlane and Hilary Swank, but otherwise excellent! (by blametaker77)
LOGAN LUCKY is a welcomed return for filmmaker Steven Soderbergh who goes for smart and cool as oppose to dumb and goofy. This is no Ocean's 7-11, this is American cinema at its finest. Don't believe your friends who are most likely fans of lowbrow Hollywood schlock and coincidentally loved Soderbergh's OCEAN'S ELEVEN series, Logan Lucky is hardcore Americana fun. The cast is fantastic but without standouts because their performances were equally brilliant and thanks to flawless writing, it was integral to the film that they all play off each other. The actors seemed to be <more>
acting in unison, much like the team of unpolished bandits they were portraying in the film. While Logan Lucky scores some solid laughs, it is less a mainstream cookie-cutter comedy caper and more a slick heist picture throwback. Everything about this movie works with the exception of the obviously forced casting of Seth MacFarlane and Hilary Swank, which was clearly done to add a few more household names to the roster and get asses in the seats. Fortunately Soderbergh uses these two hacks sparingly and reduced their roles to more-or-less cameos. In summation, see Logan Lucky, it's just too damn good to pass up.
Logan Lucky is entertaining and funny in a way. But a welcome back to Soderbergh's direction. (by cruise01)
Logan Lucky is fun filled with stupid humor and an entertaining direction that is brought to you by the director that did Ocean's 11 films. Steven Soderbergh directing another film after his so called retirement in the industry does bring a good welcome back to his heist comedy film. It is like Ocean's 11 meets The Dukes of Hazards in a way. What worked about the film is it has plenty of stupid fun filled humor. It may not have jokes being thrown out in every scene. But more of oddball characters making idiot decisions or more inside joke humor. The setting takes place in the West <more>
Virginia, were every acting talent takes the advantage with southern accents. And some stupid redneck type of humor. That is what made the film worked so well is the characters are entertaining. Jimmy Logan Channing Tatum a construction worker that gets laid off for liability reasons is forced to rob a speedway race event in order for him to have enough money to afford a lawyer. He is in a custody battle about trying to make the best for his daughter, while his ex Bobbie Katie Holmes living a high class privilege lifestyle and having their daughter walk in a beauty pageant. Then, there is Clyde Adam Driver who is Jimmy's brother, and lost his hand in war. His ego is shut down without his hand. He aids in helping his brother rob the speedway. Which they would enlist an explosive expert convict Joe Bang Daniel Craig who has five months left in prison. But the brothers want to break him out for a short time to complete the heist and bring him back in. The plot is fun. If you have seen any of the Ocean's 11 films you may get a feel for how the movie is. Where every scene that plays out with characters doing a specific action in order to put this heist in motion. Then in the end, every thing is tied together with a twist. Soderbergh does well with his storytelling in making heists films which is what he is strong at in filmmaking. The characters are all fun oddballs. Channing Tatum was great. Adam Driver was good. Daniel Craig was an interesting one, playing a convict with bleached hair and an indifferent accent. Riley Keough playing the Logan's sister, who seems the most reasonable intelligent character. Katie Holmes playing the high class lifestyle character. Katherine Waterston has a small appearance which is fun to see. Seth MacFarlane as the arrogant businessman is fun. And Sebastian Stan playing one of the race car drivers and his "clean freak" of eating healthy and comparing his body to an operating system is funny. The one minor thing that did not work with the film is I feel like the pace slowed down in the final act. When we have detective Sarah Hilary Swank trying to solve the robbery. And the exposition with every character after their heist. Overall, Logan Lucky is a really good heist comedy film that is a lot of fun with the odd characters. The cast ensemble was great. The humor was stupid and fun. Steven Soderbergh's direction was kinetic and fun for a heist movie. Every scene was entertaining and smooth moving with the characters. It does slow down in the final act for everything to catch up with the exposition. Nevertheless, it was fun entertainment. I rate the film 4.5 out of 5 stars.
An inversion of the Ocean's films but just as much fun (by DJKwa)
A few years ago director Steven Soderbergh made no secret of his waning passion for filmmaking. He announced his intention to retire from feature films following the release of 2013's Behind the Candelabra and cited his desire to pursue other creative interests. Well, it may have taken four years and a brief stint directing TV's The Knick to reignite his filmmaking passion, but Soderbergh proves his hand behind the camera is as assured as ever in the rollicking heist caper Logan Lucky.Aptly described by Soderbergh himself as an "anti-glam version of an Ocean's movie", <more>
Logan Lucky is a return to the style of filmmaking that made his Ocean's trilogy box office hits. The film moves at a neat pace, features a strong ensemble cast and is packed with enough twist and turns to keep things interesting throughout its two hour running time. The story follows the Logan family, brothers Jimmy Channing Tatum and Clyde Adam Driver and their sister Mellie Logan Riley Keough , who are known for their family history of bad-luck. After loosing his job at a mine located underneath the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Jimmy plans to pull of an elaborate heist to put the Logan's financial woes behind them and break the family curse. With intricate knowledge of a series of underground tubes that run from the Speedway to a central bank vault filled with millions of dollars, Jimmy sees the perfect opening to rob the vault during a NARSCAR race. To pull it off, he enlists the help of his siblings along with bomb expert Joe Bang a scene stealing Daniel Craig and his two brothers, Sam Brian Gleeson and Fish Bang Jack Quaid . The only problem: Joe's in prison. So on top of concocting a plan to steal the cash, they'll need to figure out a way to break Joe out of prison and get him back with no one the wiser. No pressure.It's a zany comedy about unremarkable characters punching well above their weight but through sheer luck managing to pull things off. Half the fun of the film is seeing things not happening to plan but somehow working out in the end. To its credit, the film never treats itself too seriously and invites you to laugh along with the character's mishaps and the farcical parts of the story are frequently the funniest. One gag involving a prison riot and a jab at Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin's glacial writing pace is as screwy as it is funny.For the most part, the film moves along at a nice pace. Just like in the Ocean's films, Soderbergh who edits his own film employs slick, fast cut editing to keep the heist scenes interesting and involving. He also manages to make good use of an impressive ensemble cast, with the likes of Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterston and Sebastian Stan all making minor but memorable appearances. And while Adam Driver and Channing Tatum both give impressive performances, the standout is an almost unrecognisable Daniel Craig playing blue-collar criminal Joe Bang. An explosions expert sporting a heavy southern accent and bright blonde hair, he's an anti-glam version of Bond if you will. It's Craig's impeccable comedic timing that will make you wish the Bond films would let him exercise his comedic chops a little bit more.It's only in the last act that the film starts to feel a little played out. The introduction of Hillary Swank as a Special Agent in the last 20 minutes of the film feels a little rushed and ultimately doesn't really go anywhere. Instead, the story continues through a number of false endings, not entirely sure when to bring down the curtain. Overall, as the first feature to draw Soderbergh out of semi-retirement, Logan Lucky is clearly something he wanted to make and his passion comes through in the final product. Produced entirely on his own and without studio interference, Logan Lucky inverts the glamour and opulence of the Ocean's trilogy without loosing the series' trademark quirks and high entertainment value. If Logan Lucky is intended to act as sort of push-back of the Hollywood system and studio meddling, then Soderbergh has succeeded at both proving a point and making you laugh while doing it.
I saw this film at a drive-in, and it was the second film in the double feature I had gone to see. For the culturally deprived, drive-ins still show two features. Anyway, this film was a revelation. At first I had expected that the working-class characters would fall into their designated stereotypes and we'd chug along to an easily-expected finish.Not so much.Actually, the characters were nicely filled out, there were stereotypes but not the ones I expected, and the movie had some rather nice convolutions to it and contrary to some other reviewers I found the late-arriving Hillary Swank <more>
to be a really interesting addition to the cast - and a possible bell-weather to a sequel. Just sayin'. There was comedy, drama, some real-world concerns and a lot more. Go see it. The cast and script alone will make it worth your while.
No need to press your luck viewing "Logan Lucky" (by rs403404)
Logan Lucky tells the story of Jimmy Logan Channing Tatum , a man down on his luck. He lost his job on a construction site because he has a limp he didn't report when he applied and doesn't affect his job as a driver . He's divorced with a wife moving away who has full custody of his daughter. He has a brother, Clyde Adam Driver , a bartender who lost his hand in one of the many wars. It's referred to locally as the Logan Curse. The Logans' simply seem unable to catch a break.Perhaps, there's a chance for their luck to change. Jimmy reveals to Clyde a complex heist <more>
plan he's put together that could help their lives exponentially. The plan is so complex it even involves breaking Joe Bang Daniel Craig out of prison, getting his help, and getting him back in prison without anyone noticing he's gone.Logan Lucky is a fun and quirky movie. It's filled with characters that could easily be cut from the film and bare no impact on the final product. Seth MacFarlane's Max Chilblain, Katherine Waterston's Sylvia Harrison, and Sebastian Stan's Dayton White could all be cut from the film and the story would play out exactly the same. Their inclusion in this film is baffling.However, much of that is moot since when this movie works, it very entertaining. From the cast, the real highlight is Craig's Joe Bang. A man who appears rather simple and is very crass, yet proves through the movie that is he unusually intelligent. In many ways Tatum's Jimmy Logan has many of these qualities though not nearly as crass.Although, I can spend the rest of the review praising the cast for all doing a great job even the unnecessary ones , the real star of this film is Steven Soderbergh's direction. Returning to the chair after a very short lived retirement. He shows that his four year break has done nothing to dampen his eye for film.This is that rare film that is equal parts style and substance. There's a clear story here about how we can create our own luck as long as we're willing to take the opportunities when they present themselves. Logan Lucky is hardly a flawless film by any means. It does have a tendency to meander, but never too far off. Two hours with the Logans are two hours you won't regret.