"The Lookout" may have impressed movie critics this
past spring, but it slid right past audiences. Here's their chance to
watch this overlooked gem. The bank robbery thriller is now on DVD.
The DVD includes the feature film in widescreen (2.39:1), a Dolby Digital
5.1 soundtrack, French language track, a "making of" documentary, a segment
called "Behind The Mind Of Chris Pratt," and an audio commentary by
writer/director Scott Frank and cinematographer Alar Kivilo.
The soundtrack and picture are very good. Kivilo's cinematography is
expertly framed and looks at home on a widescreen television set.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Chris Pratt, a promising kid whose life turns for
the worse when he gets in a terrible car accident. Unable to think
clearly, or remember basic things like taking out his car keys from the
ignition, Pratt is used by a gang of thugs to rob the local bank where he
works as a janitor. The gang is lead by Matthew Goode, who puts in an
icy cold performance as Gary Spargo.
In 1994, I caught an independent film on cable on night called "The Last
Seduction." Directed by John Dahl and starring Linda Fiorentino & Bill
Pullman, the film caught me by surprise for its clever writing, outstanding
acting, and surprises in the plot. I appreciated that the film was
intelligent without being self satisfying. "The Lookout" reminded me
of that film, in which the characters and story were more important than
bombastic CGI effects and loud crashes. It's refreshing to watch a
movie that isn't doped up on characters who live on the beach in Malibu and
drive fancy cars. It's nice to hear a soundtrack that isn't laden with
old time rock & roll songs.
Gordon-Levitt is a real find in this film. Unlike Leonardo DiCaprio,
who likes to chew up the scenery, Gordon-Levitt plays his role in low key.
It did go through my mind that he was the alien kid on "3rd Rock From The
Sun" on television. After the first scene where he's driving his
friends through a curtain of fire flies, I forgot that. He's
convincing as Chris Pratt. Jeff Daniels is right on target as his
blind friend, Lewis. He's very funny in this film and like actors Jeff
Bridges and Dennis Quaid, he slides under the public's radar. He may
not have a high public profile like Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt, but he can
If there was one minor complaint about this film,
the pacing seemed a little slow for such a short movie (99 minutes). I
wasn't quite sure where the film was taking me for the first half of the
film, even though I had a feeling about what was going to happen.
Perhaps writer/director Frank deliberately paced the storyline this way.
When the bank robbery occurs, the scene is very well done and intense to
This may not be one of those films people will rush
out to the video store to buy, but it's worth a look. If you like fine
acting and a good story, this should fit the bill.
Miramax Home Entertainment
Catalog Number 54217
Dolby Digital 5.1
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2007
Director: Scott Frank
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels, Matthew Goode, Bruce McGill & Isla
thanks to Mac & Dinah McLean
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