Based on the Elmore Leonard novel, this film’s plot jumping film set in Miami, Florida and Detroit, Michigan has great characters and an excellent director Steven Soderbergh. Scott Frank writes the screenplay for this crime comedy, which also marks the beginning of George Clooney’s collaboration with Soderbergh that currently stands at six films together as actor-director partners.
The stellar cast is one of the best ever assembled and make perfect choices for their roles. George Clooney stars as career criminal Jack Foley with Jennifer Lopez as U.S. Marshall Karen Sisco (The 2003 ABC TV spinoff series Karen Sisco starred Carla Gucino) with Ving Rhames as Jack’s closest crime colleague Buddy Bragg. Don Cheadle stars as the ruthless Maurice Miller with Steve Zahn as stoner criminal Glenn Michaels and Albert Brooks as tycoon Richard Ripley.
Other co-stars include Dennis Farina (Get Shorty) as Karen’s father Marshall, Luis Guzman (Traffic) as Chino, Isaiah Washington (TV’s Grey’s Anatomy), Catherine Keener (Get Out) as Adele and Viola Davis (Suicide Squad) as Moselle. Even the small roles played by Michael Keaton (as law enforcement officer Ray Nicolette) and Samuel Jackson (as Hejira Henry) strengthen the film.
Lopez and Clooney have electric chemistry especially when forced together in a car trunk and at a bar in a hotel. The dialogue in their bar scene remains one of the best scenes in modern day film. Definitely a top 5 performance for both leads as their characters’ motives drive the film’s direction, tone and resolutions.
David Holmes’ musical score is a classic and the well-chosen song soundtrack works so well to enhance the film filled with eccentric characters and absurd yet compelling situations. Soderbergh uses voiceovers, cuts, pans, and tracking shots to follow the characters action with precision direction. He and his crew demonstrate amazing mise en scène in each sequence. Highly recommended (***1/2 out of four stars) and rated R for language and some strong violence. A must see.
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