Five Reasons You’ll Love It - December 20, 2017

Logan Lucky - Five Reasons You’ll Love It
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Logan Lucky - Five Reasons You’ll Love It

Back in 2013, it looked like we’d seen the last of director Steven Soderbergh. After the release of his movie Side Effects, Soderbergh told the world that he was retiring from movies and was now only focused on TV and other interactive projects. It was a promise he kept until last year when he announced he was making a comeback and that it would be a thriller named Logan Lucky.

For his comeback, Soderbergh has assembled a truly all-star cast with Adam Driver, Channing Tatum, Seth MacFarlane, Daniel Craig, Katherine Heigl, Hilary Swank, Katherine Waterston, Sebastian Stan and Jesco White all star. Soderbergh directs from a script from hotly-tipped writer Rebecca Blunt.

The movie follows siblings Mellie, Jimmy and Clyde Logan who set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina during Memorial Day weekend, enlisting the help of an unstable felon named Joe Bang to do so…

The film drops onto DVD shelves on Boxing Day, but we caught an early screening back when the film was in cinemas and have gathered together five reasons you’ll love it...


Channing Tatum and Adam Driver are a great double act…

Tatum plays Jimmy, a former high school football champ who is struggling to make ends meet and keep up his child support payments, while Driver plays Clyde, an Iraq-War veteran who lost part of his left arm and is looking for some action in their dead-end town. The pair bounce off each other throughout the film and are brilliant pieces of casting.

 

Daniel Craig is a revelation…

Unless he’s playing 007, we don’t get to see much of Daniel Craig these days, with the star preferring to spend his Bond downtime on stage in New York, but he’s on top form here.

Craig plays Joe Bang, a safecracker with a violent bleached haircut and a very strange sense of humour, who the brothers must break out of prison to help them pull off their heist. He’s electric in every scene he’s in.

 

The supporting cast are terrific too…

Riley Keough further cemented her reputation as a future A-lister with her turn as the Logan brothers’ long-suffering sister Mellie, Brian Gleeson and Jack Quaid excel as Joe Bang's dimwitted brothers, while Seth MacFarlane is excellent light relief as a pretentious British businessman Max Chilblain.

 

There’s a brilliant soundtrack…

David Holmes, who has just helped Noel Gallagher produce the brilliant Who Built The Moon?, provides the score here, while there are also tracks from Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bo Diddley and a couple of arms aloft country tunes from John Denver. It’s a rollicking accompaniment to a rollicking thriller.

 

It’s just so much fun...

There are plenty of laughs, a tight 119-minute run-time and a real sense of madcap fun, it’s a joy to take in.

 

Logan Lucky is released on DVD shelves on Boxing Day and is available to pre-order here in hmv’s online store.

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