Connect with us


‘Logan Lucky’ Puts A Southern Slant On The Heist Movie Formula

Say what you will about Steven Soderbergh — he isn’t afraid to experiment. While other directors may find themselves a nice comfortable niche to operate in, Soderbergh likes to experiment, to try new ideas and see where they take him. Sometimes that means creative misfires, but sometimes it can mean Haywire or The Informant!, so all in all it’s worth the risk. All that having been said, the man has a knack for charming heist movies (the latter two Ocean’s movies notwithstanding), so what better way to get back into the directing game after a brief retirement than to return to an old haunt? However, while the Ocean’s movie where all about style, class and snappy suits, Soderberg’s return, Logan Lucky, skews somewhat in the other direction while still playing within the heist movie sandbox.

To call Logan Lucky a deep-fried Ocean’s movie may be a slight over-simplification….but only a slight one. Rather than a collection of smooth-talking rogues, our heroes this time are the Logan brothers, a pair of affable Southerners who hatch a plot to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway during a major NASCAR event. The two recruit an incarcerated demolitions expert and his two hapless brothers, and it’s literally and figuratively off to the races.

Logan Lucky enthusiastically steeps itself in Southern culture, and to fun effect. NASCAR, child beauty pageants, breathless recitals of the national anthem, the song “Country Road” — virtually every Southern-ism one could hope for is crammed into the film’s two-hour run time. To put it mildly, it’s a really, really white movie, but what makes that work is how the film neither condescends to this culture nor worships it. The laughs never come at the expense of the characters, and we aren’t meant to be looking down on them, mockingly laughing at their haplessness. By the same coin, the film also never falls into the trap of placing them on a pedestal of blue-collar nobility, like romanticized ideals of the hardworking American middle class. The characters consistently feel like people, rarely if ever straying into archetype. Soderbergh clearly loves Southern culture, even if he’s more than aware of how ridiculous it can be.

Once you get below that layer of Southern America trappings, Logan Lucky more or less has the same bones as most heist films, Soderbergh-directed or otherwise. We’re introduced to our cast of quirky characters, we learn to hate the baddies and root for their downfall, and we see the plan take shape as we’re fed tiny bits so that the ultimate structure remains a surprise, keeping us in suspense along with the usual hitches and hiccups. The dialogue is snappy and witty, and it moves at a brisk enough pace to never get bogged down or boring. If the film breaks from the expected formula anywhere, it’s the amount of time it spends post-heist, even introducing a few new characters in the final stretch of the film.

Just like any Ocean’s movie, Logan Lucky has an abundance of talent under the hood, not the least of which is Channing Tatum in the lead role as Jimmy Logan, the more proactive of the two Logan brothers. If any doubts remain in your mind that Tatum has come into his own as a leading man after his early days in the Jai Courtney Zone, let Logan Lucky dispel them for you. Adam Driver is more or less in the passenger seat at Jimmy’s brother Clyde, but still brings a quiet charisma to the role. The standout is unquestionably Daniel Craig as ballistic safecracker Joe Bang. If the last few bond films have made you forget what Daniel Craig looks like when he’s having fun in a role, his turn in Logan Lucky should remind you. Seth MacFarlane has a small, largely unimportant role as a mouthy British energy drink mogul, and if you’re completely unsurprised that MacFarlane would be good at playing a mouthy jackass, welcome to the club.

Logan Lucky is the kind of film that almost guarantees a fun time out at the movies, unless a film predominantly focused on the American South and all of its trappings doesn’t sound appealing to you. But for everyone else, it’s the kind of film perfectly suited for the ramp-down after summer movie season: fun, effortless and eminently palatable. Never leave us again, Steven.

Written By

Beginning as a co-host on a Concordia TV film show before moving on to chief film nerd at, Thomas is now bringing his knowledge of pop-culture nerdery to Sordid Cinema. Thomas is a Montrealer born and raised, and an avid consumer of all things pop-cultural and nerdy. While his first love is film, he has also been known to dabble in comics, videogames, television, anime and more. You can support his various works on his Patreon, at You can also like the Tom Watches Movies Facebook page to see all his work on Goombastomp and elsewhere.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



Donald Trump Trial: Man Sets Himself On Fire Outside Courthouse


Who Is Liev Schreiber’s Wife? Meet the Woman Who Captured His Heart!


Lexi (Lexi Luna) Wiki, Bio, Net Worth, Boyfriend, Height, Weight, Age, Measurements


Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ 7 Kids: Everything to Know


Is Jimmy Somerville Gay? Discover The Famous Pop Singer’s Sexual Orientation!


Usher Claims His Son Stole His Phone To DM PinkPantheress


Who is Jacob Batalon, and where is he now?


Emerging Sports Tech: How Wearables Are Changing Athletes’ Training Regimes


5 Tips On Planning The Best Getaway On A Yacht


Beyonce’s Daughter Rumi Carter Breaks Blue Ivy’s Hot 100 Record


DJ Akademiks’ Instagram Account Mysteriously Disappears, Fans Craft Their Theories As To Why


Who is Gracie Adams Dating: Rumors or Reality!


Roman Gabriel Death: Former L.A. Rams Quarterback Former MVP Dies at 83!


Morgan Wallen’s Biography, Net Worth, Personal Life and Controversies.


Flo Milli Ends Performance After Fans Hurl Objects At Her, Gunna Shows Support


Abigail Breslin Net Worth 2024: What Is The Actress Worth?