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Out of Sight (1998)


The beginning of what some people may call “The Clooney”.

Meet Jack Foley (George Clooney), the most successful bank robber in the country. On the day he busts out of jail, he finds himself stealing something far more precious than money, Karen Sisco (‘s heart. She’s smart, she’s sexy, and unfortunately for Jack, she’s a Federal Marshal. Now, they’re willing to risk it all to find out if there’s more between them than just the law.

I guess back in 1998 the names Clooney and Soderbergh didn’t draw that much attention considering this was a pretty big box-office flop. If it was released in today’s world, the film would have been doing some major work but I guess everybody just has to get their start somewhere.

The film is adapted from a Elmore Leonard book that I have not read but from what I hear, is just exactly like the same tone and pace that this film gives it. What I liked about this writing is just how funny it was without being too obvious and that there was still a lot of suspense, mystery, and crime to be happening. I mean everybody in this flick is a little bit goofy, just like the situations they get themselves caught up into but for some reason the film didn’t seem uneven with its wacky humor and awesome heist and action sequences. Let me also remind you that this is a story that actually has some believability to it where I could actually see certain things like this happening if these certain people were to actually be put into these situations. Then again, I’m not saying that your average con-men/bank robbers look like George Clooney or do many Federal Marshal’s look like Jennifer Lopez, I’m just saying that a lot of what happened here doesn’t seem too insane for a flick.

The film is also perfectly directed by Steven Soderbergh, who took one big-step out of the indie world that he caught himself in and did a great job with just about everything here and finding a way to give it his own cool style. His style makes the film feel like a 70’s crime flick with the sort of funky music playing in the background and the grainy-looking camera he uses that looks as if it was used for filming some old school porno’s back in the day. It’s a really cool style but it’s also the fact that this film just breathes cool where everything you see works.

There are plenty of heist and action moments that this film works perfectly with but it’s the romance that I keep on remembering the most about. The romance is perfectly handled here, which was a total surprise to me in the first place, but the fact that Clooney and Lopez get into a discussion about how in ‘Three Days of Condor’, the romance felt forced and too quick and then they have the same exact romance. What I liked about this element is that the scenes are laced in here perfectly to the point of where it doesn’t feel like the film is just shoe-horning it all in there. It’s also pretty sexy if you think about it and it’s one of those romances between two different characters that seems to work even when the film constantly shifts in between them both fighting one another on opposite ends.

My only problem with this flick that actually didn’t take away too much but it still had me bothered was the fact at just how much this flick reminded me of ‘Jackie Brown’ and I think it’s just one of those cases that since both films were adapted from the same author, that they both kind of give off the same style. Tarantino’s flick was witty, suspenseful, filled with a cool style, and had his usual signatures that he features in just about all of his films but here, it’s kind of the same with a little bit of different touches. Hell, both films even have Michael Keaton playing the same role in both so it’s pretty obvious that I would get some déjà vu.

The main reason why this film works though is because of its awesome all-star cast that shines with every single star. George Clooney broke out with this role as Jack Foley, and would continue playing that same role for the next 13 years but to be honest he’s great here. He’s sly, funny, sexy (for the ladies, not for me..then again maybe for me), and everything he does here he seems to be having a blast playing this bad guy that we can’t help but to love considering he seems like he’s one step ahead of everybody else. Jennifer Lopez is also equally as good as Karen Sisco. She is basically the same person as Jack Foley, instead she is all for the law rather than against it. They both work great together and the romance between them I was talking about earlier I don’t know would have worked with anybody else in these roles. Every scene they have is more memorable than the one that came before it and it’s kind of a bummer that Lopez hasn’t really done much else that’s worth noting since this flick.

Don Cheadle is also good as a dick playing Foley’s main opponent in the heist-game, Snoopy; Ving Rhames is the man and surprisingly very funny as Buddy; Dennis Farina is J. Lo’s dad and it’s surprise to see him playing someone else other than a gangster; Albert Brooks is barely in it but still good; and there is even some nice little side-spots from Steve Zahn, Catherine Keener, and a very young Viola Davis as well. Everybody here is great and they all seem to be having a ball with their performances which added more to my enjoyment of this flick as well.

Consensus: Out of Sight may remind me of Jackie Brown, but Soderbergh’s stylish direction and everybody’s performances here make this one of the most exciting, fun, and enjoyable crime comedies I have seen in a long time and it still makes me wonder just why this didn’t get much money in the first place.

9/10=Full Price!!

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13 responses to “Out of Sight (1998)

  1. Margaret (@lady_sati) March 28, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Great review! I love this movie so much, it’s very entertaining and the romance is indeed lovely. My favorite part is the music, it’s so cool and sensual.

  2. Evan Crean March 28, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I love Soderbergh and Clooney, but haven’t seen this one yet. I don’t think Clooney will ever be as badass as he was in “From Dusk Til Dawn.”

  3. Monkeyboy March 28, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    I really love this movie. And, having read the book, I can confirm that it’s a very faithful adaptation. Okay, so Karen Sisco isn’t an Hispanic chick in the book, but Lopez gets the spirit of the character right, so for me, skin colour is never an issue.

    I also agree with what you say about Lopez’s work, post Out of Sight. I think this was real a career high for her, and it’s a shame she descended into romcom hell.

    • CMrok93 April 2, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      She really found her way into some real shitty films but this was definitely her best by far. I mean of course it’s right next to Maid in Manhattan….

  4. Alex Withrow March 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Excellent review. I love everything about Out of Sight and I too think it is perfectly directed by the visionary Soderbergh. Really glad you enjoyed it!

  5. AngryVader (Erik) March 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Out of Sight has always been one of my favorite movies. I’m glad you liked it so much.

    One thing that always struck me about this movie is how Soderbergh is able to get great performances out of people like Jennifer Lopez (and even to a lesser extent with Gina Carano in Haywire), when that hasn’t been the case with other directors.

    Good review!

  6. Chip March 29, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I like this movie quite a bit and it was the first film that convinced me that both Clooney and Lopez could act. Like you, I am disappointed that she didn’t follow this up with some other good films. I love the trunk scene, as well as Lopez’ little Mona Lisa smile at the very end.

  7. stevemassart April 17, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    One of the better Soderbergh movies. I do like a good JLo movie too :)

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