The Lookout (2007)

SCOTT FRANK

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 2007.  , , , .  Screenplay by Scott Frank.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

 survived the prom night car crash that killed two of his friends, but only barely: his mind has been left permanently affected, his memory unreliable and his ability to sequence the events of the day unstable at best. Working a job as a night janitor at a bank, he longs to get back to where he was before the accident but has hindrances. His boss justifiably has concerns about him becoming a bank teller, and his father is hesitant to help him become a business entrepreneur with his chef roommate () who is also blind. Opportunity knocks when a thug from high school () shows up and offers to let our hero in on a bank robbery. Heist movies are a dime a dozen, and while Scott Frank’s directorial debut doesn’t manage to overturn the genre with anything new, it is a worthy entry. The writing is strong and, like all good movies inspired by 40s film noir, the characters are even stronger. Goode gives a particularly memorable performance, somehow managing a bone-chilling American criminal despite so far showing a penchant for playing yummy, preppy Brits.

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