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Logan Lucky

Jimmy (Channing Tatum), Clyde (Adam Driver) and Mellie (Riley Keough) are the Logan siblings who seem to be perpetually unlucky. Jimmy just lost his job at the racetrack, Clyde lost his arm in Iraq, and Mellie has a low paying job as a hair dresser; they all live in the South having a hard time making ends meet. Jimmy gets the idea to rob the racetrack he was fired from, as he understands how the vault works. To do this, he enlists the help of several people, including Joe Bang (Daniel Craig, and what a great choice to include the guy who plays James Bond) who Jimmy plans to bust out to help them break into the vault, as well as Joe Bang’s brothers Fish and Sam. The movie is funny and brilliantly directed and acted; Craig and Driver have particularly strong performances. Soderbergh upends the usual heist movie by putting the robbery in the hands of stereotypical southern White folks who have huge drawls, don’t own much, dress like hicks, and seem to be a few cards short of a deck. The movie has a flow to it that is smooth, mostly because the actors and director all seem to be having such fun.  The director reveals the story effortlessly and hooks you through non-stop twists and turns that keep shifting what you think is going to happen. Big thumbs up from me for a movie that is surprisingly fast paced, but one in which you don’t have to work too hard to really enjoy. I really enjoyed the story and I loved the way the film ended. If you are looking for something light and funny, put this on your list.

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