MOVIE TRAILERS: This Steven Soderbergh NASCAR Heist Movie Looks Delightful
Steven Soderbergh has carved out an interesting niche in the world of film. As the director of multiple Oscar-winning performances in his turn-of-the-millennium films, Erin Brockovich and Traffic, he earned a reputation as a storyteller of both adapted and original screen plays.
He then went on to make the blockbuster trio of Ocean's 11 remakes, which have become iconic films for the post-Baby Boomer generations. They were the perfect vehicle for bringing the effortless Old Hollywood glamour, swagger and mischievous camaraderie of the original Rat Pack to a 21st century audience that was desperate for guilty-pleasure escapism.
Soderbergh also teamed up with Channing Tatum to finance and ultimately direct 2012's Magic Mike - a critical and box office success. The comedy-drama about a troupe of male strippers in Tampa grossed over $167 million worldwide after being made on a budget of just $7 million.
So with very few parameters on the kinds of stories that he'll tell, its no surprise that his latest work, Logan Lucky, can only be described as redneck Ocean's 11 ( a heist!) meets The Hangover (mentally unstable sidekick!) meets Stepbrothers (two adult brothers who are both idiots!).
Not only does it star his old buddy Tatum and the incredible Adam Driver as the Logan Brothers, but it also brilliantly features Daniel Craig as the hillbilly criminal who's helping them to plan a heist during the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The juxtaposition of Craig, known best for his suave and unemotional portrayal of James Bond, playing an unhinged southern maniac is both jarring and charming. And of course the supporting cast is full of star power. They may not be fulling pulling off the southern dialect, but it's such an outrageous premise and film that their wonky accents only make it funnier.
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