April 4th, 2007 05:45 EST
Review of 'The Lookout'
A former boy wonder struggling with the repercussions of a car crash, his no nonsense blind roommate and a bank heist make The Lookout an original and truly satisfying thriller.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, former child star turned indie film darling, stars as Chris Pratt, a once adored high school hockey player whose reckless actions behind the wheel leave him with brain damage and shattered relationships.
Four years after this fatal car crash, which left two of the other three passengers dead, the audience finds Chris mopping floors at a bank and jotting down menial tasks in a notebook in order to make it through everyday. For example, Chris’ notebook reads, “I wake up. I take a shower.” These notes make The Lookout similar to the thriller Memento, which starred Guy Pearce.
Without giving away too many surprises or taking away from any of the wonderfully executed suspense, the character of Chris becomes a pawn in the game of a former high school acquaintance. Chris sees Gary, superbly played by British actor Matthew Goode, at a bar and the plot thickens; the questions begin to outweigh the answers. Suffice to say, Gary is more interested in Chris’ employment at a bank than he is anything else.
Other stars of the film include Jeff Daniels, who most recently starred in the critically acclaimed The Squid and The Whale. Daniels plays Lewis, Chris’ blind and brazen roommate. The dynamic between these two characters, and the actors themselves, gives the film’s central relationship immense believability.
Isla Fisher, the Australian bombshell famous for both a hilarious role in Wedding Crashers and for her real-life engagement to comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, also plays a pivotal role in weaving the film’s inescapable web. Fisher plays former stripper Luvlee Lemons, who romances Chris, while simultaneously leading him deeper into the bank heist plot.
The Lookout marks the directorial debut of Scott Frank, an acclaimed screenwriter behind such big screen adaptations Out of Sight and Get Shorty. His achievements behind the camera and on paper make The Lookout one heck of a debut.