Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The production shot at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the actual NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 and the Bank of America 500, as well as at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In a fun twist, six NASCAR stars pop up in non-driver cameo roles in the film.
The film also stars Katherine Waterston, Dwight Yoakam, Sebastian Stan, David Denman, Macon Blair, Jack Quaid, and Brian Gleeson. The original screenplay is by Rebecca Blunt, and Gregory Jacobs, Mark Johnson, Reid Carolin, and Channing Tatum served as producers. Zane Stoddard of NASCAR is an Executive Producer, along with Michael Polaire and Dan Fellman.
What We Thought:
Overall I’m a fan of Director Steven Soderbergh. He has more hits than misses to me and despite starring Channing Tatum, an actor I’m still not sold on, I was looking forward to Logan Lucky. I enjoyed Soderbergh’s Oceans films and I was hoping this would be more like those than say Magic Mike. I was in luck, it is.
Tatum plays a former star athlete who got injured, got divorced and works construction. He loses his job because of an unlisted physical issue and comes up with a plan to rob an auto racing track. He convinces his brother, played by Adam Driver, to help in the heist. Driver plays a war vet who lost an arm fighting overseas. They need an explosives expert so they decide to break out of prison, the best explosives guy around played by Daniel Craig. With his brothers help and the help of Tatum and Driver’s sister (Riley Keough), they execute their plan to get rich.
Of course this being a Soderbergh film, it’s not as simple as that sounds. It’s smart and crafty and supporting actors play bigger roles than they appear. And it has twists and turns to it. It’s a smart film with layers that actually work and push the film forward instead of just having a twist for twist’s sake. There’s a really good twist to it that keeps it from being just another heist film.
As with all Soderbergh films, the acting is good as well. It might pain me to say this, but, I actually liked Channing Tatum in this film. Ok, maybe him playing a somewhat redneck-ish, not book smart, former meathead type helps, but I did think he handled the role well. Adam Driver is always good and as a veteran himself, I like how he handled the responsibility of portraying a disabled veteran. The big surprise besides me actually liking Tatum is Daniel Craig. His character is so different from what we expect from him. He’s no hero in this one. Fans will surely see a different side to him in this. Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Hilary Swank and others have supporting roles.
Logan Lucky is yet another solid crime caper from Steven Soderbergh. It has all the Soderbergh trademarks you come to expect. There is great coloring and shading with lots of yellow, whites and other colors. It has great music and a great score. It looks really good and has style. And like I said, the acting is top-notch and the story works. Soderbergh is trying something new with the film and trying to break out of the regular movie studio box so hopefully others enjoy this as much as I do and we see some change within the movie industry.
Cast & Crew:
- Channing Tatum
- Adam Driver
- Riley Keough
- Daniel Craig
- Hilary Swank
- Seth MacFarlane
- Director Steven Soderbergh
Recommended If You Like:
- The Oceans films
- Steven Soderbergh