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      The Lookout

      2007, Mystery & thriller/Crime, 1h 39m

      168 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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      The Lookout is a genuinely suspenseful and affecting noir due to the great ensemble cast and their complex, realistic characters. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      Chris (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a star athlete, has the world at his feet. Then a devastating car accident leaves him with brain damage and his bright future dimmed. He takes a job as a bank janitor and must write everything down in a small notepad in order to remember. Some former schoolmates lure Chris into their inner circle and rope him into helping them carry out a heist at the bank.

      • Rating: R (Sexual Content|Language|Some Violence)

      • Genre: Mystery & thriller, Crime, Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Scott Frank

      • Producer: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Laurence Mark, Walter F. Parkes

      • Writer: Scott Frank

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $4.6M

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      • Distributor: Miramax Films

      • Production Co: Spyglass Entertainment, Miramax Films

      • Sound Mix: Dolby SRD, DTS, SDDS

      • Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)

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      • Aug 19, 2014

        JG-L carried the load in a few good indies from the 2000s, namely 'Brick' and here in 'The Lookout'. The story doesn't move slowly but wisely takes its time developing characters so that we understand why they make their fateful choices later on. Jeff Daniels is at his best as JG-L's blind but perceptively wiseass roommate, and there's a thug named Bones who looks exactly like Rush's Geddy Lee(!) Quality direction too, the sensation of driving through a cloud of fireflies rendered particularly memorable.

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      • Feb 28, 2013

        This is much more of a character study than it is a thriller with the first half of the film dedicated to just getting you to know the characters and their lives before the drama truly starts. I honestly didn't know where the story was going to go, but I was engrossed because of the nuanced performances of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jeff Daniels. The thrills and plot don't really kick in for about 35-40 minutes, but once they do the pacing takings a turn and really ratchets up the suspense. This is a great thriller reminiscent of Memento because of the similar circumstances of the main characters. Levitt plays a character who ends up with significant damage from a car wreck that makes it to where he cannot sequence events properly or handle everyday things without a little bit of a struggle. Much of the suspense and unpredictability of the film comes from not knowing whether his character knows what to do or not. It adds an extra level beyond the standard plot. Matthew Goode adds in a chilling performance as the leader of the bad guys who convince Levitt to help them rob the bank he works for at night as the janitor. The dialogue is well written and the story keeps you on your toes throughout. This is also one of the few times where I really enjoyed the ending. The main characters come full circle and it's just fun to see. I can't ask for much more from a movie like this.

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      • Dec 24, 2012

        A taut thriller with great performances, but nothing about 'The Lookout' is extraordinarily memorable or wholly unique. A good script and a decent film, but there is something all too familiar and unoriginal about it, as if its been done before. We've all seen thrillers like this time and time again.

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