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The Lookout [Blu-ray] (2011)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt , Jeff Daniels , Scott Frank  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels, Isla Fisher
  • Directors: Scott Frank
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 9, 2011
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0054QHGYI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,983 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Acclaimed screenwriter Scott Frank (Minority Report) makes a mind-blowing directorial debut in The Lookout, a gritty, high-tension crime thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception), Jeff Daniels (Good Night, and Good Luck.) and Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers). Chris "Slapshot" Pratt (Gordon-Levitt), whose once-bright future has been dimmed by a head injury, is a night janitor at a bank. Lonely and frustrated, Chris falls prey to a con man's seductive promise of romance and a better life, and agrees to help rob the bank where he works. Filled with heart-pounding action, edge-of-your-seat suspense and a twist you'll never see coming, The Lookout will grip you and never let go...

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92 of 97 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BUY THE RIGHT VERSION!!!!!! November 3, 2012
By Lebber
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
So this is a warning to anyone who likes this movie and has seen it before. There are two versions of this film on Blu-ray! The one originally released back in 2007 with the silver swoosh running down the cover and the words "Beyond High Definition" in the bottom right corner is the one to get. This new one released by Echo Bridge has manipulated the aspect ratio of the movie so that there are no black bars on top or bottom! Essentially they've zoomed in on the image so you lose part of the picture on the right and left side of the screen. Don't let the low price fool you! This is a corrupted version of the film, and if you have any respect for the filmmakers' intentions for the look of the movie you will not purchase this version! Or, if you're like me and find out once you watch it for the first time, I implore you to return it and send Echo Bridge a message that we will not support the altering of films! Of course, if you haven't seen the movie before you would never notice the difference and this may not bother any of you... Just a warning for those who care.
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
"The Lookout" got overlooked when it was released earlier in the year. This unusual thriller directed and written by Scott Frank focuses as much on character as it does on the tense, moody atmosphere. Chris (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)had it all; he was a bright kid who also displayed talent in the hockey rink. Chris, his girlfriend and another couple are involved in a terrible car accident that leaves Chris brain damaged. He's unable to do anything more than simple tasks and can't even remember what change he should get back after buying a beer.


When Chris gets sucked into a plan to rip off the bank where he is a janitor by smooth talking slime ball Gary Spargo (Mathew Goode), he finds himself over his head and with nowhere to turn. Initially Chris believes this will provide him with the start up money for a business he wants to start with his blind roommate Lewis (Jeff Daniels)but things spiral out of control and suddenly he has nowhere to turn.


The film looks terrific with a crisp and detailed transfer to DVD. Audio sounds solid as well. The main extras we get here are a terrific commentary trackby writer/director Scott Frank discussing the making of the film and a 20 minute featurette that covers much of the same ground with cast and crew interviews. Scott discusses how the script had been shuffled from one studio to another as he watched in frustration eventually deciding he had better do it himself. Frank is rather blunt about his shortcomings as a director in the commentary track but honestly he did a terrific job on his first time in dual roles as writer & director.

We also get a 9 minute featurette with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and director Frank discussing the development of the character of Chris.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Within the traditional crime drama genre, it has become increasingly difficult to find serious minded films that don't play as "hip and ironic." Add a young leading man to the equation, and it's twice as likely that you'll end up with a movie filled with artifice and self-awareness. In fact, reading the description of "The Lookout," I was sure that this picture would be just another film where clever one-liners were more important than generating actual suspense and drama. I couldn't have been more wrong! "The Lookout" is a tough and believable entry in the arena of heist films. Bolstered by a powerful lead performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this film is both true to the conventions of crime genre and surprisingly different. The film succeeds with strong character development and provides an intriguing twist on the traditional protagonist.

Here, Gordon-Levitt plays a man coping with severe memory loss, control issues, and occasional motor skill inconsistencies. Sounds scary, huh? But don't worry, this is a real character dealing with real head trauma issues--not some cliche'd portrait or movie-of-the-week caricature. As a former "golden boy," Gordon-Levitt struggles to adjust to his disability. But he's also trying to cope with a monstrous grief--the car accident that impaired him (he was driving) also resulted in the death of two others. One day, he meets a mysterious stranger who claims to know him and seems to accept him in his present condition. Excited to belong, to be normal--he is drawn into a new world of friendship, women, and living life free and on the edge. But he soon questions the motives of his new friend as he is pulled into a plot to rob the bank in which he works.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This movie is so ominous that I wanted to fast forward at points. It is chilling and moving at the same time.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt continues his string of astonishing performances which began with Mysterious Skin. He completely disappears into his role here as a young man damaged by a brain injury caused by his own reckless driving. I have a friend who is brain-injured and Joseph is so believable that it is heartbreaking.

All of the performances are nuanced and believable. Jeff Daniels is thrilling as Joseph's blind roommate.

The script of this movie is flawless. You can tell right away that a writer is directing his own work---there is no fluff, no throw away moments.

Every single moment and pause in The Lookout rings absolutely true. Every character is fully-realized. Every choice by a character makes sense, no matter how scary it is. Every plot twist seems earned---all the way through the very moving ending.

I cannot recommend The Lookout highly enough. It is a small masterpiece.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Joseph Gordon Levitt is a great actor - movie wasn't the best, but interesting.
Published 28 days ago by Sue Arkelin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
as described it
Published 2 months ago by E. O
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Really interesting movie. And as usual ordering from Amazon was a great experience.
Published 2 months ago by Dennis R. Mcnicholas
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a good movie with solid character development and a decent story
It's a good movie with solid character development and a decent story. If you're looking for a good heist movie, look elsewhere. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dharma Monkey
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I saw this before on TV and wanted to see it again uncut and unedited so I bought it. I like Joseph Gordon Levitt and the story line is pretty good. Good acting by Joseph. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Victors Valiant
4.0 out of 5 stars Whoever Has the Money Has the Power
Solid acting leads the way for this movie. Quaint might be a way to describe it overall but a little dark might be a better way to describe it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Happy Camper
1.0 out of 5 stars Received the wrong version !!!
I ordered the Miramax version with the original aspect ratio from seller Phase 3 LLC and paid USD11.88 for it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ivan Goh
3.0 out of 5 stars I love Joseph Gordon-Levitt
But the movie...not so much. The acting was good, it's just the story line was a bit slow. That said, I'll still watch anything w/ JGL init!!
Published 8 months ago by Lakotasue
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally Underrated
I can't say much that hasn't been said before, but I just want to say that this movie proved Joseph Gordon-Levitt was an amazing actor before anyone knew it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by W. Heyser
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, character driven drama. A must-see for film lovers
beautifully acted, this tragic story delves into the life of a young, smart man who struggles to find peace with the trials of an accidental teenage head injury. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Trevor T Fawver
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