Director Steven Soderbergh’s self-imposed retirement from making movies lasted all of four years, and thankfully his return to cinema was a successful one with Logan Lucky. Although it’s been rightfully compared as a kissing cousin to his Ocean’s Eleven movies, Logan Lucky has an entire energy of its own.
The narrative centers on Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum), a recently out of work construction worker who hatches a plan to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Helping him on his quest is his one-armed brother Clyde (Adam Driver), an Iraq War veteran who believes their family is cursed, and their hairdresser sister Mellie (Riley Keough), a lady who loves driving fast cars.
Keeping this criminal plan in the family isn’t enough, as they enlist explosives expert Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) to help their cause. Joe, however, is in prison, and Jimmy must engineer a way to infiltrate the jail and pull off the operation. Jack Quaid and Brian Gleeson co-star as Joe’s dimwitted brothers, with Hilary Swank thrown in for good measure as a determined FBI agent ready to take them down.
On a superficial level, the picture can be seen and enjoyed as an engaging heist caper that’s filled with a likable, all-star ensemble. Soderbergh also infuses a surprising level of sentiment in the film, as Jimmy’s love for West Virginia and his loving daughter (Farrah Mackenzie) is felt throughout the narrative. With Soderbergh’s own frustration with the politics of show business, it’s easy to see why a story about a group of outsiders taken down a corporate entity would be appealing (the heist is set to take place during the Coca-Cola 600).
The Blu-ray is definitely a worthy purchase if you’re a fan of Soderbergh’s previous work, and it’s an always engaging watch. Though no audio commentary or making of featurette is not featured in the disc, it does come with two deleted scenes. One sequences features a monologue from Joe Bang, and seeing Daniel Craig chew the scenery (in a good way) is an absolute pleasure.