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The Lookout [Blu-ray]
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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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The character, Chris, who is played by Gordon-Levitt is approached by a man he distantly knew from High School who is planning a heist on the bank in which Chris works at night and intends to "use" Chris in his plans. I won't go any further into the plot to avoid spoiling it, but suffice it to say it is a fine film, benefiting from a superb cast and adroit direction by Scott Frank.
I do have one question regarding the story: Would someone with such a brain injury that would prevent him from thinking sequentially and planning his day's actions be able to drive a car, which he does several times in the film? Driving a car must be regarded as a task highly sequential in nature. That aside, I greatly admire this picture.
Who would have thought Joseph Gordon-Levitt from Third Rock from the Sun could give such a brilliant film performance. He plays Chris Pratt, a former star high school hockey player, suffering from short-term memory loss as a result of a tragic car accident. Not only did the accident kill his best friend and his best friend's girlfriend, but ended his promising career.
Jeff Daniel's is not a favorite of mine, but he gives an equally brilliant performance as Chris's blind housemate. All of the supporting roles are cast perfectly with Isla Fischer delivering a surpisingly strong performance.
This movie resonated with me in a similar way that Memento did (for obvious reasons). I saw them both right when they were released and came away thinking about them for weeks after I saw them. The last 30 minutes of this film are absolutely riveting with Gordon-Levitt turning in a performance that is definitely Oscar worthy (even though I am certain the Academy will overlook him). A pure and simple gem of a film.