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Logan Lucky: A Quirky caper that is criminally funny

 

By Damon Smith

Crime still pays for Oscar-winning film-maker Steven Soderbergh, director of Ocean's Eleven and its sequels, in a criminally entertaining caper, which sacrifices plausibility for quirky characters and generous belly laughs.

The unlikely masterminds of Logan Lucky are downtrodden redneck brothers, whose hare-brained scheme makes one convict snort "You must be as simple-minded as people say."

Channing Tatum and Adam Driver are a winning combination as the blue collar thieves, who believe they can outwit the authorities, aided by a colourful supporting turn from a heavily tattooed Daniel Craig and a hit-or-miss southern accent.

Construction worker Jimmy Logan (Tatum), a one-time star footballer waylaid by injury, loses his job on the same day he learns that his ex-wife Bobbie Jo (Katie Holmes) intends to relocate to Lynchburg with her new beau.

The move from West Virginia will make it difficult for Jimmy to see his pageant queen daughter Sadie (Farrah Mackenzie), and he threatens legal action.

Jimmy channels his frustration into planning a heist with his one-armed brother Clyde (Driver).

Their target: Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.

Logan Lucky gambles on the innate charm and likeability of the principal cast, and they dutifully steal our affections.

The script plays up hillbilly stereotypes before Soderbergh subverts them for his tantalising finale which intimates this isn't the last we have seen of these light-fingered dreamers.

Three Stars

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