Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig and Adam Driver are an unlikely trio of would-be racetrack robbers in the new UK trailer for Logan Lucky. The movie marks the feature film return of Steven Soderbergh, who has fortunately decided to renege on his promise to retire from filmmaking.
Soderbergh is jumping back into the game by tackling a genre with which he is very familiar, the heist film. Soderbergh first visited the genre in his 2001 remake of Ocean's Eleven, and liked it so much that he followed that up with two more Ocean's films. Soderbergh is also producing 2018's all-women spinoff/reboot Ocean's Eight, starring Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett.
This newest Soderbergh heist film, however, is a far cry from the glamorous picture of casino robbers presented in the Ocean's movies. The new UK trailer for Logan Lucky (above) introduces us to the Logan brothers, a pair of hillbillies suffering through severe economic anxiety. Played by Channing Tatum and Adam Driver, the brothers are seen to be cursed, but that doesn't stop them from hatching an elaborate plan (written out on a piece of paper and attached to the front of the fridge) to rob Charlotte Motor Speedway on the day of a NASCAR race. In order to pull off the heist, the Logans enlist the aid of a bomb expert named Joe Bang, played by Daniel Craig with dyed blond hair and no trace of his James Bond suavity.
While the Ocean's films lived in a world of high-rollers, Logan Lucky takes place in a dirt-poor Southern setting of dive bars, prisons and racetracks. The tone promised by the trailer feels almost like a Coen Brothers film, with the characters speaking in exaggerated accents and coming across almost like caricatures. The Ocean's films featured their fair share of humor, but nothing as broad and almost cartoonish as some of the comedy we see here. The trailer makes the film almost feel like a parody of a heist film, as though Soderbergh were channeling the Ocean's films through Talladega Nights.
At the heart of the film is the heist itself, and the trailer gives us some hint of how the mechanics of it will play out. No doubt there will be some huge complications as the Logan Brothers and their insane accomplice Joe Bang try to pull off their elaborate scheme. With Soderbergh in the director's chair, you can expect the action to be meticulously orchestrated and the plot to be unfolded with satisfying precision.
Logan Lucky also stars Katherine Waterston, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Sebastian Stan, Riley Keough and Hilary Swank.
Source: Studiocanal UK
- Logan Lucky (2017) release date: Aug 18, 2017