The Lookout (2007)
Critic Consensus: The Lookout is a genuinely suspenseful and affecting noir due to the great ensemble cast and their complex, realistic characters.
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Critic Reviews for The Lookout
Frank has cooked up an interesting moral dilemma for a character ill-equipped to deal with one. Chris has made one big mistake. Is he up for another?
Strip away the head-trauma hero, and you're left with a white-trash heist film.
A professional script professionally shot, rather than a personal story burning to be told
First-time director Scott Frank, who penned Out of Sight and Minority Report, shapes some sharp noirish notes.
The best young actor in movies today may well be Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Audience Reviews for The Lookout
This is much more of a character study than it is a thriller with the first half of the film dedicated to just getting you to know the characters and their lives before the drama truly starts. I honestly didn't know where the story was going to go, but I was engrossed because of the nuanced performances of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jeff Daniels. The thrills and plot don't really kick in for about 35-40 minutes, but once they do the pacing takings a turn and really ratchets up the suspense. This is a great thriller reminiscent of Memento because of the similar circumstances of the main characters. Levitt plays a character who ends up with significant damage from a car wreck that makes it to where he cannot sequence events properly or handle everyday things without a little bit of a struggle. Much of the suspense and unpredictability of the film comes from not knowing whether his character knows what to do or not. It adds an extra level beyond the standard plot. Matthew Goode adds in a chilling performance as the leader of the bad guys who convince Levitt to help them rob the bank he works for at night as the janitor. The dialogue is well written and the story keeps you on your toes throughout. This is also one of the few times where I really enjoyed the ending. The main characters come full circle and it's just fun to see. I can't ask for much more from a movie like this.
A taut thriller with great performances, but nothing about 'The Lookout' is extraordinarily memorable or wholly unique. A good script and a decent film, but there is something all too familiar and unoriginal about it, as if its been done before. We've all seen thrillers like this time and time again.
The Lookout Quotes
|Gary Spargo:||Who ever has the money, has the power.|
|Lewis:||Am I dead? I must be dead because no one's talking to me!|
|Chris Pratt:||Once upon a time, I woke up. I took a shower, with soap.|
|Chris Pratt:||That's her last name.|
|Lewis:||Luvlee Lemons? That's her name?|
|Chris Pratt:||Well, it's her stage name. She's a performer. Or she was.|
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