Intelligence and charismatic sensuality steam from Steven Soderbergh’s adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel, a Pulp Fiction-esque narrative of modern romance. Soderbergh, as with Sex, Lies and Videotapes, plays with the intersection of men and women to great effect, only here to a mainstream audience, delivering a kind of playground battle of the sexes. Auteur cinema.
I was watching this film without expectation and without checking who the director is, just to be pleasantly surprised by the unique filming. I had to check who was the director and eventually not surprised to see Soderbergh did this one. Loved Lopez and Clooney, they have a good dynamic together. Clooney's character even made me think of "o brother where art thou?". Really enjoyed it eventually!
The style, the pacing, the actors, the score, the editing, the story, the women, the men, the non-linear narrative, the twists, the humour, the locations: yes, you've got the perfect Heist movie here. Maybe (!) even better than Thomas Crowne (1968). Looking at it from another standpoint: in this highly accessible movie you will find ALL of Soderbergh's trademarks. There is literally no excuse not to watch this movie!
A bit of Stanley DONEN's rhythm & spirit, of HITCHCOCK's elegance & lightness & TARANTINO's humor. SODERBERG offers a sparkling & lively cocktail from start to finish. === Un mix de l'esprit de Stanley DONEN, du charme d'HITCHCOCK & de l'humour de TARANTINO. SODERBERG offre un cocktail pétillant & vif du début à la fin. === GUZMAN, RHAMES, FARINA, KEATON, CHEADLE, ALLEN, JACKSON, what a cast!
Funky, funny, and pretty damn sexy too, Out Of Sight occupies a space nicely in between the two other great Leonard adaptations of the past few decades. It's neither as funny as Get Short, nor as rich in characterisation as Tarantino's film, but it mixes those two main ingredients together to create an end result that easily ranks alongside those movies.