Plot: Jimmy (Channing Tatum) has just been laid off from his job, when it became known that he lost a leg during his military service. Seems like a cold turn of events, but he has other concerns as well, mostly financial. But he has a plan, so he recruits his brother Clyde (Adam Driver) and lays out a heist he planned based on information he gleaned from his former job. Thanks to sinkholes, a window has opened to break into a vault and make off with all the concessions cash, no small purse. But in order to make it all work, they need the help of safecracker and explosives expert Joe (Daniel Craig), who happens to be in prison. A simple incarceration can’t derail the heist however, as Clyde is soon behind bars himself, as part of the plot to liberate Joe. But to get Joe’s help, his two rather colorful, though unreliable brothers and Jimmy isn’t pleased, though he can’t do the job at all without Joe. As a huge race approaches and the plan is thrown some curveballs, can this unlikely heist crew pull off the perfect crime?
Entertainment Value: A white trash Oceans Eleven, Logan Lucky does little to set itself apart from the heist crowd, but has a certain charm. The movie is set in West Virginia and you can tell the filmmakers were enamored with the wild and wonderful White family, as that influence is painted all over this movie. Adam Driver’s performance lifts Jesco White’s cadence in total and the dancing outlaw even has a brief cameo, which was a fun touch. The West Virginia culture as seen through Boone County is wild enough to hold interest on its own, which helps in this case, as the script feels also ran and offers little fresh elements. But we do have colorful, fun to watch characters, steeped in the local lore and culture. If you take this tale out of West Virginia however, you’re left with a routine, rather dull heist movie. Driver’s Clyde is hilarious, but Daniel Craig as the loose cannon Joe steals a lot of the scenes. Channing Tatum is outclassed by his costars however, rarely able to have much of a presence at all when he has to share the screen with those two. Aside from Tatum and a horrible effort from Seth McFarlane however, the cast seems well chosen. The heist storyline is one we’ve seen over and again, filled with ridiculous coincidences that try so hard to be clever and might have been, if not done to death before. As a heist movie, Logan Lucky is run of the mill, but as a comedy filled with colorful, inspired by real life characters, it has some great moments and can be a little fun.
No nakedness. A little mild violence, but nothing graphic or even close, this is PG-13 for a reason. The dialogue is quite good here at times, with Driver and Craig earning most of the top moments. Driver’s Jesco White impression is riotous in some scenes, though he takes a calmer approach to the mannerisms, so he never feels as unpredictable or off the rails as the genuine article. But he nails the verbal cadence and it makes even mundane lines seem hilarious. I do think the dialogue is owed more to the characters than the script however, as the cast really runs with these roles and the writing greatly benefits from that. So some fun lines and some really funny exchanges, earning Logan Lucky a few points in this department. The colorful characters score a point in craziness, but otherwise, this is a by the numbers heist movie, though a well polished one. I do wish the material made better use of these interesting characters, instead of putting them through the usual paces.
Overall Insanity: 1/10