“Who ever has the money has the power.”
The Lookout is from 2007 and written and directed by Scott Frank. Frank hasn’t done a lot of directing, but he did do this movie and A Walk Among the Tombstones. Two really good neo noir films isn’t a bad start for him in the directors chair. Here is a link to my review of A Walk Among the Tombstones:
This film has a great cast with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a brain-damaged young man who has some memory loss issues. Jeff Daniels plays his roommate who is blind. Matthew Goode plays our top bad guy and leader of a gang of bank robbers. Isla Fisher is our femme fatale as part of Goode’s crew.
Our story starts with Gordon-Levitt driving his Mustang down a country road, full of his classmates. He turns off the headlights, doing what young people do, and wrecks into a combine. We flash forward 4 years to Gordon-Levitt working at a bank as the night janitor. We get a sense of his frustration with his memory loss. He has trouble remembering things and writes them down in a notebook. We meet our bad guys in a bar where Gordon-Levitt is having a beer. He soon hits it off with one of the girls in the gang. This is of course Fisher, being our femme fatale. We soon find out our gang wants to befriend Gordon-Levitt because then know of his disability and job, he will be an easy mark to help them get into the bank. Will our hero help our robbers? Will he stop the robbery before it happens? With his diminished brain power, will he still be able to out smart the bad guys?
This movie came 2 years after Gordon-Levitt’s other great neo-noir film, Brick. I think that is why when somebody talks about one of these films somebody will always bring up the other one. Both are excellent films, but Brick was something special. These would make for a great double feature next time you want to see a couple of neo-noir flicks in one night. Here is my review of Brick:
This is a film any neo-noir buff will love and most film buffs in general will enjoy. If you have already seen this and Brick, what one do you like better?
Favorite Tidbit: David Fincher and Sam Mendes where both attached to direct this film. When both fell through, Frank decided to direct it himself.