Posted on 4/01/07 04:19 PM
The Lookout was good, worst case of false advertising since Sin City though. It had all of 1 minute of action while the trailer implied it was in fact an action movie. The lack of action was welcomed though and added an element to the character that would have fallen away had it been balls to the walls action. In fact the main character was the most interesting part of the film which is both the best and worst thing about the film. It?s good because it gave an insightful look at his inner workings but its bad because there is very little with concern to the other characters. One of the more interesting characters was sadly overlooked Lewis who was as always marvelously played by Jeff Daniels, giving him only enough insight to make him likeable. The same could be said about the "bad guys", whom they gave only small bits so you could see clearly their transition from good to "evil".
While the main idea was played nicely it was far from original, having had a similar thing in Memento which was a far superior film. They did it with more grace then Memento but failed to explore the outer limits of his disability and I felt that they underplayed something that could have been used as a major key in the plot. The main actor?s performance was good but no where near some of the supporting, most notably Jeff Daniels. I still and will always see him as the kid from 3rd Rock From the Sun so that may have made me bias to the performance. It was also quite charming through underplaying the humor to make it not as obvious as some of the "quirky heist movies" like the Ocean's ____ series. I felt that the humor hit well and added a nice and relatable feel to the film. The score was also notable as a great part of the film and became important in building and releasing the little tension it created.
There in lied the worst part of the film, it had some large problems creating tension, the only really notably tense scene was the opening which was not a part in the actual heist. It was fairly well filmed but not great, a few nice shots here and there kept it from being an "ugly" film. It was pretty much completely character driven which kept it from being anywhere near your average bank robbery movie that is so often repeated in Hollywood. The robbery became more of a part of the character and less of a major plot device. The message was a bit obvious but not spoon feed and it made the audience feel like they made the connection instead of making it for them, which is always good when making a film like this. Good film, but be warned; it is far from an action movie or a thriller so go with that in mind