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West Virginia family man Jimmy Logan teams up with his one-armed brother Clyde and sister Mellie to steal money from the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Jimmy also recruits demolition expert Joe Bang to help them break into the track’s underground system. Complications arise when a mix-up forces the crew to pull off the heist during a popular NASCAR race while also trying to dodge a relentless FBI agent.
So, what makes this film so great?
I didn’t think much of this film at first and was even less impressed with the whole NASCAR theme. I mean, NASCAR… really? Couldn’t you guys rob somewhere respectable, like a bank? I mean…what? As soon as this movie started I was bored out of my mind and felt like I could better use my time by engaging a chatbot instead. Channing Fucking Tatum? Magic Mike? God help me. Save me from this evil I have to endure…
Well, needless to say, I now stand very much corrected. I was wrong about this film.
So, let’s get into it. Why is this movie awesome or even remotely worth a watch?
I have to say, right off the bat – I’ve never been so happy to have been wrong about my initial impression of a film.
Logan Lucky is actually one hell of a movie that not only features a first one-armed Kylo Ren, and a then robot armed Kylo Ren who’s an ex-marine, it features the best southern accent done by a man who is pretty much as British as they come. Which, I find fitting since Americans are always trotting over into British films and doing terrible renditions of British accents. At last, we have a reverse on it and it’s better than you could have possibly imagined. Daniel Craig pretending to be a redneck demolitions expert is quite literally one of the best god damn things I’ve ever seen in my life.
I can’t even fault the severely talentless Channing Tatum as for once he did a solid acting job. He’s believable as Jimmy Logan and god help me – if he keeps this up I might even forgive him for Magic Mike.
That’s only part of the film’s charm though…
See, once you get past the fact that they decide to rob Charlotte Motor Speedway and understand the motivations behind the plot and characters, this film really takes root and grows on you. Yes, it’s a heist movie. Yes, the target could have been more complicated. However – it doesn’t always have to be a fancy place being robbed, stealing is stealing and money is money. Considering the people involved, their connections and affiliations, there was no way that this group of idiots were going to rob anything more than semi-high tech, unsuspecting motor speedway that never saw them coming.
Basically, if you’ve seen any of the Ocean’s films, you’ll know how this movie goes. There’s a team of people and they rob a place in a very clever, entertaining manner that leaves you going ‘Oh, well, shit.’. Mix that into the whole southern North Carolina theme and what you have is basically Ocean’s Rednecks. Except, of course, Danny Ocean isn’t there, there isn’t a ‘Rusty’ character who never stops eating and you keep being weirded out by Adam Drivers abnormally long fake arm.
Logan Lucky is charming, entertaining, to the point and very fun. If you haven’t seen this film, didn’t know about it or just haven’t gotten round to it yet, I recommend you give it a long, hard look.
I can only hope that there might be an equally good sequel to this film with the original cast of characters returning to take on something larger and more complicated. – I get the feeling, Jimmy Logan is far from done being lucky.