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- Commentary by writer-director Scott Frank and director of photography Alar Kivilo
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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.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this for the honest portrayal of brain damaged life. That information alone, despite story line or anything else, is priceless. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Delores J Pollard
Screenplay could have been great. "Could have". Good actors. Movie protagonist "Chris" as main character, deserves no empathy. Read morePublished 9 months ago by sancti-spiritus
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