*Not spoiling any twists, but still…
In 1954 Detroit, small-time criminals are hired to steal a document. When their heist goes horribly wrong, their search for who hired them — and for what purpose – sends them wending through all echelons of the race-torn, rapidly changing city.
“Self-interest is the sincerest form of flattery”
I feel like a broken record saying this on the blog, Steven Soderbergh just does not stop making movies. Just in the last five years he has made six movies and is filming another one currently. Movies like High Flying Bird, The Laundromat, Let Them All Talk we have all discussed on here, and they are all made with the same craft and dedication he has shown his entire illustrious career. He is not necessarily a writer anymore, but he still shoots all his movies, under alias Peter Andrews, and edits all his movies, under alias Mary Ann Bernard.
His newest story is a throwback style movie where we really just get two buddy criminals (Don Cheadle and Benicio Del Toro) who get in way over their heads. After being tasked to steal a document they are sent through the underbelly of 50’s Detroit. Soderbergh of course adds his flair to the story though which means bringing in stars to the cast from wall to wall. A cast including Kieran Culkin, David Harbour, Julia Fox, Jon Hamm, Amy Seimetz, Noah Jupe, Brendan Fraser, Bill Duke, Ray Liotta (I am now laughing at how insane this is), and of course you cant have a Soderbergh movie without Matt Damon right? What makes it so impressive though is how each of them are able to have their moment of impact in the movie even though this is under 2 hours.
What makes this movie so good and so watchable though is the way Soderbergh elevates the writing with his style. Using fish eye lenses or zooming in and out during monologues helped to keep your focus steady and allowed you to hear the dialogue even better. So he gets to continue experimenting like we know he loves to do, while still delivering an entertaining and engaging story.
Stock Neutral – Don Cheadle and Benicio Del Toro
A dynamic duo in this and continue to perform well in Soderbergh films. Both of these guys are so talented and have proven they can do anything on screen, so I will continue to be excited anytime we see them.
Stock Neutral – Jon Hamm in Suits
Stock Up – Kieran Culkin
Love his energy at all times and it is cool to see this renaissance he is having right now in his career. I think he brings a lot to anything he is in.
*A couple other tidbits
- Matt Damon showing up and doing one scene for Soderbergh is incredible and he honestly almost steals the movie. I believe this is the 9th movie they have done together, and why not if the appearances are this good.
- Ray Liotta!
- Julia Fox can do anything and be in anything and I will be happy.
As easy as it is to say but this is just another great entry into the Soderbergh catalog. It has humor, intrigue, style, and a knock out cast. Check it out on HBO Max because it is one of the better movies of the year so far.
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