From the opening scene in which young Sadie Logan (Farrah Mackenzie) helps her daddy, Jimmy (Channing Tatum), repair the engine of his old pick-up truck, Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky exudes an engaging warmth. The Logan siblings may consider themselves unlucky but the bonds between them are priceless. We are on their side from go to whoa.
Jimmy’s gammy leg has cruelled his career as a professional footballer, contributed to his divorce from Bobbie Jo (Katie Holmes) and now his dismissal from his job on the mining crew charged with repairing the sink holes under the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Brother Clyde (Adam Driver) is an Iraq War veteran with a prosthetic hand. He works at the Duck Tape Bar. Sister Mellie (Riley Keough) is a hairdresser with a passion for cars.
When Jimmy comes up with an ingenious plan to “divert” some cash from the pneumatic tubes beneath the Speedway, the Logans team up with explosives expert Joe Bang (a very blonde Daniel Craig) and his somewhat less-gifted brothers, Fish (Jack Quaid) and Sam (Brian Gleeson). Joe’s current incarceration in the local Munro correctional facility poses only a minor challenge, despite Warden Burns’ (Dwight Yoakam) dogged assertion that nothing ever goes awry at Munro. Having to carry out the heist during the Coca Cola 600 race allows the inclusion of a sub-plot about the race itself, involving breath-taking racing scenes and a particularly amusing scene involving sports commentators.
Hilary Swank’s late arrival in the film adds yet another twist to this gloriously convoluted caper.
The characters, the plot, the various sub-plots, the astute one-liners delivered poker-faced in broad regional accents, all combine to make this fast-paced film enthralling and frankly hilarious. It is on a par with the best of the Coen brothers’ films. Absolutely a must see!