Lookout, The
Chris Pratt is a former athlete left with a brain injury that prevents him from remembering things for an extended period of time.

In an attempt to live a normal life Pratt moves out from under his parents and finds a job as a janitor at a local small town bank.

Fortunately the disability takes a back seat to the real story which involves "the cool older guy" taking Chris under his wing. We soon learn that there are ulterior motives to the friendship as Pratt is needed for access to the bank.

I was a little worried at first. Things were beginning to feel a lot like Memento. Notes and scribbles written on anything and everything so as not to forget tasks, schedules, or routines. As the story progresses we attempt to relate to his frustrated tantrums and eruptions but point blankly Peirce did it best.

With nothing to live for Chris makes the decision to join the criminals with an attempt to gain power through money. The result is a downward spiral that forces Pratt to make decisions that will alter his life and the effect the few he loves forever.

Call me a loser and raise it to the flagpole but I'm a fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I loved him in Brick and he does fine enough in The Lookout. I like his dark serious edge and sudden smile. He does a great job turning on the tears and a better job with jaw tight determination.

Jeff Daniels plays the only stable support in Pratt's life. He's the star of the show with his interpretation of guitar playing blind man. What is it with music and blind people? No wait...I get it. Most all of the best scenes revolve around Daniels.

The movie has style and edge with some clever moments. I love the opening scene before the big accident when Pratt is driving through the fields of fireflies. A very beautiful and unique scene as the characters turn the headlights of the convertible off speeding down a back road. The characters sit on the back of the car flying through fire flies life the Millennium Falcon through hyperspace . A refreshing creative breeze against your stereotypical drunk driving accident.

I enjoyed the movie and was excited to experience where the filmmaker might take me but was left maybe wanting a little more. Wanting more continuity with Pratt's disability or more defining line. I also found myself frustrated by some of the flashbacks and characters.

Cool movie...thats the best way to describe it.



Reviewed by: shea
2 Comment(s)
Andy said...
I was surprised I liked this one as much as I did. Wasn't great or anything, but it was fun. Or maybe I was just coming off of Sasquatch Mountain..
I'm with you on this review. Most things I've heard have been praising this a bit too much (just like they did with Brick, which I feel is ultimately a failure due to the sheer outlandishness and melodrama), but I generally liked it.

I'm also a fan of JGL and think he has a brighter future than most actors his age. I'll see just about anything with him in it.

Also agreed on Daniels. He was goddamn great in this, hilarious and touching.