Saturday, July 17, 2010

"The Lookout" with Jeff Daniels, Matthew Goode, Isla Fisher and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

When Chris Pratt (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is seriously injured in a car crash that takes the lives of 2 friends and cripples another, his world is turned upside down. He has troubles with his memory, sequencing and processing information.His once promising future is diminished to a daily ritual of waking up, taking his meds and trying to remember all the things he must do in his job as the night janitor in the local bank. He is a free man imprisoned by the actions of his past mistakes.

When Matthew Goode and Isla Fisher enter his life, he is at first bewildered by their attention, but his empty world, living with a blind roomate (played by Jeff Daniels) allows him to to be drawn into a web of deceit and betrayal.

Convincing him that his life is empty is easy, getting him to help rob the bank is a bit harder, but ultimately, playing upon all his weaknesses, the plot prevails and a night of carnage is the result. With a heart pounding ending, Chris is forced to face his past, his present, and his future.

An engrossing film, this is the first film directed by screenwriter Scott Brown. His skill in setting the scenes and the sequencing of the story make this a remarkable film to watch. And for those fans of the TV sitcom "Third Rock From the Sun", the performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt will only serve to underscore his previous appearance in the film "Brick."

Very credible acting by all, especially Matthew Goode as the evil ex-con, and Isla Fischer as his accomplice and girlfriend give this film some real grit. This is a taut and engaging film that will have you rooted to your seat.

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