‘Logan Lucky’ a steady if unoriginal film

There’s a lot to like about “Logan Lucky.” It features a smart script, some good direction and strong performances. But it isn’t really anything you haven’t seen before. A brother team of robbers? A heist during a sporting event? An elaborate plot to pull of that heist? A dad trying to prove himself to his daughter? All checked.

Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) is having trouble taking care of his daughter, Sadie (Farrah Mackenzie), who lives with his ex-wife (Katie Holmes). He hatches a scheme with his brother, Clyde (Adam Driver) to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway during a race. They enlist the help of their sister, Mellie (Riley Keough), and a prison convict, Joe Bang (Daniel Craig), and set up an elaborate plan. FBI agent Sarah (Hillary Swank) investigates near the end of the story.

The story itself and its execution are solid. There are some funny moments, some good characters bits and some tense situations. It all adds up to a solid film. Director Steven Soderbergh hasn’t lost any of his filmmaking acumen and delivers some solid work.

The problem is the story isn’t all that original or memorable. There’s nothing that really makes it stand out which is a shame because there is some quality work here.

“Logan Lucky” is a lot of fun and worth your time. You may not remember much of it afterwards though.

 

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