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May 24, 2015
The believability of Scott Frank's movie is very questionable, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt's charisma makes the film work.
May 16, 2015
Another great movie for 2007. The movie works well as a thriller, but the real achievement goes to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, whose performance is genuine and deserves an Oscar nomination. One of the best modern heists pictures out now.
January 13, 2015
The Lookout is a thriller with very good performances by Gordon-Levitt and Daniels and memorable characters.
½ January 4, 2015
Memento this is not. That said, it is an enjoyable crime drama with plenty of little moments that show this is superior to the standard heist movie. Few people do creepy better than Matthew Goode and the strong cast certainly helps the pace motor along.
Super Reviewer
January 2, 2015
A decent drama/thriller movie about a young guy with some problem with his life after a tragedy/car accident with loose of friends. He tries to recover mostly with the mental thing etc.. and starts working on a bank but soon he gets some new problems.. Overall a well made movie and i liked it.
Super Reviewer
½ December 21, 2014
JG-L carried the load in a few good indies from the 2000s, namely 'Brick' and here in 'The Lookout'. The story doesn't move slowly but wisely takes its time developing characters so that we understand why they make their fateful choices later on. Jeff Daniels is at his best as JG-L's blind but perceptively wiseass roommate, and there's a thug named Bones who looks exactly like Rush's Geddy Lee(!) Quality direction too, the sensation of driving through a cloud of fireflies rendered particularly memorable.
December 8, 2014
A perfect thriller with a very good character development .. Brilliant performance from Joseph Gordon Levitt.
December 6, 2014
This is the first movie in a long time that I can call truly thought-provoking. Gordon-Levitt played Chris PERFECTLY, and character-driven movies are almost always my favorites.
½ December 1, 2014
An acting showcase for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels, and Matthew Goode, The Lookout allows for intense thrills and delicate human emotions in a marvelous directorial debut for Scott Frank.
October 26, 2014
The setting is wintry, the sheen is thick, the lights are twitchy, and the alleyways are particularly dark. During nighttime, "The Lookout" is the embodiment of a neo-noir, trading its hap-hazard daytime safety with lurking danger. The film has the look and feel of a crime movie, but icy smoothness is only a shallow atmospheric touch - underneath the film's style is a grounded personality that stems from the leading character.
Chris Pratt (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is mentally wounded. As a teenager, he was in a serious car accident that killed two passengers. Some would say that they're luckier than he is. Chris' head injury is so severe that on the back of his driver's license there's a disclaimer, warning anybody and everybody that he may suddenly get angry, go into a jumbled rant, etc etc. Day by day, he has to write down his every activity in order to strengthen his ability to sequence events. His life is a maze of incomplete thoughts and frustrations.
He takes a job as a janitor at a dead end bank, hoping it will bring him some meaning to his dull life. Things suddenly take a turn for the bad, however, when he is manipulated by a criminal (Matthew Goode) into serving as an accomplice to a bank robbery.
"The Lookout" could be slick, but with a man like Chris Pratt at its center, it's hard to take it seriously as a heist movie. Chris makes for an unusually touching leading character. There is something so inexplicably innocent about him. Most would consider a na´ve ingenue or a toddler to be "innocent", but Chris' inability to even form a sentence without having to think makes him even more vulnerable than an elementary aged child. Levitt's performance is highly sensitive; his slight limp, sluggish blinks and sad eyes fully form a character who isn't even fully formed on a personal level.
The story, unfortunately, isn't quite as strong as its characters. Chris is more than just a little complicated, and so are the people around him. Yet, they don't seem to fit very well into a heist movie that wants to be a neo-noir. A "Fargo"-esque project or a Robert Altman helmed film would serve them better, because in the short 99 minutes "The Lookout" stretches, there is so much we want to know but never will.
Amidst the guns, snow, leather jackets, and middle-of-nowhere small towns, "The Lookout" is an intimate, surprisingly human heist movie. If only it weren't a heist movie. If only it was strictly a character study. If only it was a few minutes longer ... if only. Scott Frank has the ability to write characters we could watch as the basis of an Emmy-winning TV series. It's rare to want a movie to go farther than it actually does, and with "The Lookout"'s quality, I wanted a few tastes more.
October 23, 2014
I had never heard of it, but it's really good.
October 7, 2014
another supermarket DVD 2.99 DVD combo pack purchase
½ September 6, 2014
Incredibly messy, over and poorly acted. The movie info should tell you about the number of cliches that are to follow.
½ August 9, 2014
This is an excellent movie. The acting is top notch and some good themes are at use here. What to do when the going gets tough, and the pressures of others to convince you to do something you normally wouldn't do. It's an idea that sounds great but in the end is not. Gordon - Levitt plays a janitor who s suffers from a form of amneisa after a car addicent. He works as a janitor in a bank, and due to his condition he has problems advancing his life so money is a chore. When approached by a gang leader, someone he went to school with to rob the bank he works for he is put to the ultimate test. The movie continues nicely after the heist, and the amnesia condition offers another backstory to the movie that fits in well and isn't just nonsense. Beautifully acted film with a good plot.
½ August 9, 2014
It's no 'Memento' but it has a certain charm, and strong performances help gloss over the plot holes. A strong first half degenerates into a standard 'bank heist with a patsy' fare, and ultimately the payoff is not fulfilling, but this movie is worth a watch.
½ August 5, 2014
Even though it doesn't answer all its questions, this film still has convincing performances, a tight script, and a vast showcase of emotion that help tell a suspensful tragedy about coping with irremediable decisions.
July 29, 2014
Unexpected levels of awesome. Jeff Daniels put in a really genuine performance. JGL wow!
June 16, 2014
Excellent movie. This is not only a great modern sort of crime noire, it's also a great collection of incredible performances. Levitt, Daniels, Goode, they all make their characters seem real. Not to mention great action, great story, and great direction.
June 15, 2014
It may wrapped up a little too nicely in the end, but The Lookout is still a strongly acted and genuinely tense thriller tied together by good characters and a tight screenplay.
March 27, 2014
great movie took awhile to watch it.
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