The Lookout (15)

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Mon Oct 29 2007

A derivative debut from Oscar-nominated screenwriter Scott Frank (‘Out of Sight’, ‘The Interpreter’), this Midwestern neo-noir follows the ill-fated trajectory of popular high-school jock, Chris Pratt (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who, after a tragic car accident on prom night, suffers from a serious brain injury resulting in crippling memory lapses and poor impulse control. In a desperate attempt to sustain a regular life, he takes a janitor position mopping floors in a rural bank, but gets caught up in a premeditated heist with a shady bunch of thugs who he may have known before the accident.

Making good use of its snow-capped, ‘Fargo’-esque landscape and utilising the existential angst of ‘Memento’, the film generates an admirable sense of unease, but lacks the velocity and taut, provocative structure of those predecessors, resulting in a straightforward genre piece in which double-crosses and surprise twists lead to the inevitable.  Still, Gordon-Levitt is superb as the cognitively challenged protagonist, as is the aptly cast Isla Fisher, in the role of Luvlee Lemons, a sickly sweet femme fatale. Jeff Daniels leaves no scenery unchewed but provides sardonic comic relief as Pratt’s blind, sex-starved roommate. Forgettable fun.

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15

UK release:

Fri Nov 2, 2007

Duration:

95 mins

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Anaemic, dull, not particuarly cinematic. Agree with Krish that it should have been straight to "video". Lead actor looked like Pinocchio & was only marginally less wooden. Jeff Daniels sticks out like a sore thumb in that he actually has some screen presence.

critique

Anaemic, dull, not particuarly cinematic. Agree with Krish that it should have been straight to "video". Lead actor looked like Pinocchio & was only marginally less wooden. Jeff Daniels sticks out like a sore thumb in that he actually has some screen presence.

Krish

This shouldve been a straight to "video" movie - however, there is a surpise appearance by Ozzy Osbourne...

Krish

This shouldve been a straight to "video" movie - however, there is a surpise appearance by Ozzy Osbourne...