The Lookout 2007


Writer/Director Scott Frank followed up Get Shorty and Out of Sight with this tense little thriller, with Joseph Gordon Levitt as high-school athlete Chris Pratt who is reduced to janitorial work by an accident. That makes him vulnerable to the nefarious plans of aspiring bank robber Gary Spargo (Matthew Goode), with the comely Luvlee (Isla Fisher) offered as bait. For Pratt to attempt to keep his thoughts in order with a notebook recalls Memento, but Frank’s film has a low-key feel of its own, with Goode menacing throughout and a palpable tension throughout. Both Sam Mendes and David Fincher were touted to direct, but Frank does an excellent job with a talented cast in this under-seen little film noir from 2007.


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