Date watched: Saturday 16th September 2017
Year released: 2017
First time watching?: Yes
From IMDb: “Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.”
The plot of this movie was honestly a little bit out there: two brothers decide to steal cash from an event at a racetrack. They incarcerate one of themselves in order to break another team member out from prison in order to assist with the job. It’s really difficult to sell this movie without giving too much away or making it sound marginally lame.
Thankfully the movie is entertaining and funny enough to not even be a little bit lame. The only low points in the movie were the (in my opinion, frankly unnecessary) subplot later on involving Hilary Swank as an investigator trying to find out how the money got stolen during the heist. Her plot lines added nothing to the movie, but luckily the rest f the movie held itself up and provided a good two hours worth of quality entertainment.
Channing Tatum seems to be starring in everything being released at the moment doesn’t he? Or is it just me? Either way he was perfect for the lead role in this movie as Jimmy Logan, the brother struggling to make ends meet and to do right by his little girl. Adam Driver opposite him as one armed brother Clyde was an interesting choice, but Adam’s deadpan delivery bounced off from Tatum’s enthusiasm at every turn. And Daniel Craig spent every moment he was on screen looking as though he was having the best time ever making this film.
The characters are very well fleshed out, and there are back stories for everyone involved, which makes a nice change from just throwing us into a film where our two leads have handicaps that are never fully explained and are just there. Back stories are important to understanding character drive, and it makes a welcome change to have perfectly feasible histories for all the characters in the movie, not just the leads.
This movie was just fun from start to finish. The plot itself was a little bit outlandish but the performances and obvious fun the actors were having making the piece lifted the whole movie up and made for a brilliantly funny two hours of cinema.
My rating: 7/10