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The Lookout (2007)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt , Jeff Daniels , Scott Frank  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels, Matthew Goode, Isla Fisher, Carla Gugino
  • Directors: Scott Frank
  • Writers: Scott Frank
  • Producers: Becki Cross Trujillo, Gary Barber, Ivan Oyco, Jonathan Glickman, Laurence Mark
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QFCD8Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,944 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Lookout" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by writer-director Scott Frank and director of photography Alar Kivilo
  • Making-of featurette: Sequencing The Lookout
  • Behind the Mind of Chris Pratt

Editorial Reviews

Acclaimed screenwriter Scott Frank (Out Of Sight and Get Shorty) makes a mind-blowing directorial debut in The Lookout, a gritty, high-tension crime thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (TV’s Third Rock From The Sun, Brick), Jeff Daniels (RV) and Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers). Chris "Slapshot" Pratt (Gordon-Levitt), whose once-bright future has been dimmed by a severe 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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86 of 92 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 68 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"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.

SPOILERS AHEAD**

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.

END OF SPOILERS**

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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Weak Shall Inherit the Earth August 10, 2007
Format:DVD
Chris Pratt (a getting better with each role, Joseph Gordon- Levitt) was a golden boy: a high school Hockey star, an entitled child of wealthy parents. And then one night he decides, with 3 other friends, to seek out a shower of fire flies on an empty Kansan highway when tragedy strikes and he is rendered impaired both mentally and physically. His life is now more about "sequencing": ordering his life in such a way so as to recall what he needs to do on a daily basis in order to survive. Chris's golden sheen is tarnished, dented and made worse by the fact that, though his memory is spotty, he unfortunately can recall the high points of his young life: winning the hockey championship, cruising the highway in his convertible Mustang with his beautiful girlfriend, Kelly who survives the accident and appears every so often as a touchstone plunging Chris back to that fateful evening under a clear, Kansan night sky.
Chris works as a night janitor at a bank and it is this job that brings him in contact with some crooks (mainly an amazing, deadly Matthew Goode, heretofore known as eye candy in Mandy Moore movies...as Gary Spargo) who take advantage of Chris' impairments in order to rob the bank: "Whoever has the money, has the power," Gary intones and this mantra will echo throughout the film.
Director/Screenwriter ("Out of Sight") Scott Frank audaciously centers the "action" on the who's/the why's and the where fore's of Chris' search for his basic morality: he's not the man he was before, this much is clear, this much is unassailable. So who is Chris now and more to the point how will he allow the accident to dictate his future: will he let it swallow up all that is good and humane in him...or will he not?
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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 2 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 3 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 3 months ago by Trevor T Fawver
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
good movie that had some bad reviews. I liked it and could not see why it got such poor reviews
Published 3 months ago by Zorbon
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie
I love this movie Joseph Gordon-Levitt is so hot....he is a good actor. This is a very interesting movie I would love to say more about it but i will just give away the ending and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Vicki Cantu
4.0 out of 5 stars Well rounded/written crime film
An excellent crime film! One of the must see in terms of acting and direction. Dark and gritty but with happy moments that let the movie show it's reality
Published 6 months ago by Chris Jio
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!!!!!
My wife and i loved this movie. I suffered a head injury and could relate to Chris. Excellent story and great portrayal.
Published 7 months ago by Jay and Lauren 7
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Not great, not bad, its okay. The film does a good job of making you root for the good guys.
Published 8 months ago by Paul A. Spangler
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup o' tea
Good effort, but we've seen it. We haven't seen Joseph Gordon Levitt doing it, but we've seen the plot, the set up, the abandon building, the money heist... Read more
Published 8 months ago by jaymibh
3.0 out of 5 stars Joseph Gordon Levitt excellent as usual
This is a well-made movie for its type. I'm just starting to "feel" the violence a little more as I age. Actors very, very good.
Published 9 months ago by Mary
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