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The Lookout (2007)
Crime,Drama,Thriller
English
"Whoever has the money has the power"
Chris (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a once promising high school athlete whose life is turned upside down following a tragic accident. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank, where he ultimately finds himself caught up in a planned heist.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Chris Pratt
Jeff Daniels Lewis
Matthew Goode Gary Spargo
Isla Fisher Luvlee
Carla Gugino Janet
Bruce McGill Robert Pratt
Alberta Watson Barbara Pratt
Alex Borstein Mrs. Lange
Sergio Di Zio Deputy Ted
David Huband Mr. Tuttle
Laura Vandervoort Kelly
Greg Dunham Bone
Morgan Kelly Marty
Aaron Berg Cork
Tinsel Korey Maura
Suzanne Kelly Nina
Brian Edward Roach Danny (as Brian Roach)
Martin Roach Loan Officer
Ofield Williams Reggie
Julie Pederson Attractive Woman in Bar
Stephen Eric McIntyre Bartender
Janaya Stephens Alison Pratt
Marc Devigne Cameron Pratt
Courtney-Jane White Cameron’s Girlfriend
Thanya Romero Maid
Tracy McMahon Woman Reading at Bar
Gordie Farrell Motorcycle Couple
Toni Reimer Motorcycle Couple
Ted Felbel Elderly Man with Walker
Charles Crossin Department Store Clerk
Chuck Robinson Farmer on Thresher
Kalyn Bomback Waitress
John Bluethner State Trooper
Leslie Bais Ted’s Wife
Harry Nelken Taxi Driver
Producer: Gary Barber,Roger Birnbaum,Laurence Mark,Walter F. Parkes
Writer: Scott Frank
Utterly predictable, unimpressive performances
I am shocked at the rave reviews this movie received from people I respect very much. I went in with fairly high expectations and was just bored to death. I found all of the characters unconvincing, though Daniels to a lesser extent.

If the director's goal was to make Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character expressionless, he succeeded. Somehow, I don't think that was his goal. His character, Chris Pratt, communicated little inner conflict, guilt, remorse, anger.

Frankly, I think this movie was just a case of bad directing or worse casting -- Pratt was a drone, Gary, the uber-evil bankrobber, was rote, predictable and unconvincing, even Pratt's parents were virtually blank.

For me, no one in this movie effectively communicated the emotions one would think they should be feeling from scene to scene.

The script was fairly solid and as I watched the film I kept telling myself who could have bailed out this poor directorial performance.

I thought of the following ...

DiCaprio as Chris Pratt (of course, they probably could not afford him) Liam Neasom in a cameo as Pratt's father Michael Imperiale (Sopranos) as Gary.

The list of better choices goes on and on ...

The film made me care little about Pratt, it did nothing to suggest a real connection was made between Pratt and his bank-robber girlfriend (hence, no conflict), there were no breakout scenes of discovery when the protagonist finds what people are up to ...

It plain sucked.

I would like to argue the merits of the film in a professional sense ... but, for me, this was a B-rate film. It is perhaps the only film I've seen in years that made me wonder what the b-roll looked like because -- to use a word from the film -- there was no "sequencing," no logical connect-the-dots a=b, which makes c, which causes d, and explains e...

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Imdb rating: 7.4
Musician: James Newton Howard
Running time: 99 min
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