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“Logan Lucky” a Race for the Money

Robbing a bank is hard enough, but what Logan Lucky features is a whole new ballgame on robbery. The film goes for high stakes at a motor speedway and even though it’s fiction, it’s a lot of fun fantasizing on the plan and the getaway. The treat here is not Channing Tatum as a redneck bank robber, but Daniel Craig as an accomplice to the whole event. Craig digs down deep and comes up with an American Southern drawl that’s convincing, yet comical knowing he was  “James Bond” shaken not stirred.

Fired for no good reason from his job at an earthmover, divorced for a couple of years from Bobbie Jo Logan Chapman (Katie Holmes), has a young daughter (Farrah Mackenzie as Sadie Logan) he gets to see on weekends and a brother (Adam Driver as Clyde Logan) with one arm, Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) has been living “a curse”. But, that’s all about to change because he’s got a plan to rob Charlotte Motor Speedway during the biggest NASCAR race of the year.

Adam Driver stars as Clyde Logan and Channing Tatum as Jimmy Logan in Steven Soderbergh’s LOGAN LUCKY

Oh, and to do the job he’s got the best safe cracker in the business, Joe Bang (Daniel Craig). While Jimmy thinks it’s a slam dunk, the rest of the participants are not feeling it. Especially Joe Bang because he’s still behind bars with the race a couple of weeks away. Director Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s 11, Magic Mike) uses the scripts wit for good use mixing a lot of sight gags with the serious business of the robbery. And his main actors Channing Tatum and even Daniel Craig take on accents to give the audience a special treat of down home humor.

Daniel Craig stars as Joe Bang in Steven Soderbergh’s LOGAN LUCKY

As the crazy smart brother Jimmy Logan, Channing Tatum pulls off a very good performance showing a lot of body language and getting tough with those whomever makes fun of his brother. He also brings some warm heartfelt drama along with his off-handed wit. It’s actually a good film for him showing his 21 Jump Street brand of humor and flexing his muscles bulked up from Magic Mike.

Riley Keough stars as Mellie Logan in Steven Soderbergh’s LOGAN LUCKY

As for Daniel Craig, he looks like he’s having too much fun in the role. Probably trying to take a break from his serious James Bond side. He’s a hoot as a country con who takes advantage of the Logan’s to get out of jail and walk away with a lot of cash. He pulls off a smartly crafted role with a performance fitting of some of the greats in deadpan comedy.

Jack Quaid stars as Fish Bang, Brian Gleeson as Sam Bang and Daniel Craig as Joe Bang in Steven Soderbergh’s LOGAN LUCKY

Others contributing to the success of the film include; Adam Driver as a one armed ex-veteran who teams up with his brother for to pull off the almost impossible robbery. He may be the butt of a few rude guys, but he makes up for it in the end. Riley Keough puts on her action jeans as Mellie Logan and becomes the getaway driver. She plays a tough little cookie and one you should get a kick out of in every scene in which she appears. Finally Seth MacFarlane takes on the role of an annoying British racecar driver who happens to witness the robbery. His role may be a small one, but his character becomes totally necessary to the plot.

Lucky Logan has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for language and some crude comments.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A very good comedy with a lot of action.

Additional Film Information:
Cast: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Jack Quaid, Brian Gleeson, Farrah Mackenzie, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Charles Halford, Seth MacFarlane and Hilary Swank.
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Genre: Comedy, Crime
MPAA Rating:  PG-13 for language and some crude comments
Running Time: 1 hr. 59 min.
Release Date: August 18, 2017
Distributed by: Bleecker Street

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Film Editor John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 12 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com