George Clooney plays Jack Foley, a dedicated bank robber who never quite manages to rob the bank and get away with it. Landed in prison for the umpteenth time, Foley decides to bust out with the help of long time buddy, Buddy (Ving Rhames). But these things never go to plan and Jack is forced to kidnap Federal Marshall, Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez), who stumbles upon their escape. Bundled in the boot of a car together while Buddy drives them to safety, the chemistry between sexy Sisco and smooth talking Foley sparks off the best Elmore Leonard adaptation to date. –BBC Films
At the age of 26, Steven Soderbergh permanently altered the face of independent cinema when he became the youngest-ever winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival for sex, lies and videotape, his feature-film directorial debut. A simmering exploration of the nature of modern relationships and the links between sexuality and voyeurism, the film was an international sensation that established its director as one of the golden boys of world cinema. Born in Georgia on January 14, 1963, Soderbergh grew up in Baton Rouge, LA, where his father was the Dean of Louisiana State University’s College of Education. While still in high school, Soderbergh enrolled in the university’s film animation class and began making short 16 mm films with second-hand equipment. After he graduated from high school, he went to Hollywood, where he worked as a freelance editor. Soderbergh’s time in Hollywood was brief, and he soon returned home, where he continued making short films and writing scripts… read more
Soderbergh does Elmore Leonard. It works. It is very interesting to contrast this one to Tarantino's "Jackie Brown" as they are both Leonard stories adapted by contemporaries of the Sundance Institute. But the feel is drastically different. Soderbergh goes for a noir feel more akin to Leonard's work. It has a story that is layered and well told, the performances aren't bad either. A good relaxing mystery.
this is a perfectly fine crime movie, slightly ruined by the fact that i just finished the book. elmore leonard's easy-breezy dialogue becomes "banter" in the mouth of george clooney, and the warm-hearted dignity he affords to even the lowliest of minor characters is occasionally sacrificed in favor of broad laughs (ugh, steve zahn). the romantic stuff works though, and j-lo is better than you might expect.
If Out of Sight is any indication, I really need to watch more Steven Soderbergh films. This movie is great on many levels. I’ve seen and loved Traffic, The Limey is top-notch, and the Ocean’s movies… read review