Starring: George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Don Cheadle, Denis Farina, Ving Rhames, Albert Brooks
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Synopsis: A career bank robber breaks out of jail and shares a moment of mutual attraction with a US Marshall he has kidnapped.
OK, so, maybe not an undiscovered gem as such. I mean, it’s written by Elmore Leonard, directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. Hardly understated. But still, whenever I mention it to people, they seem never to have seen it. And it carries a relatively average score of 7.1 on IMDb which I find hard to fathom.
Out of Sight is the kind of film that could have been made in the seventies. It has that classic feel to it. A coolness and classiness that put’s it head and shoulders above your run of the mill bank robbery/heist movie. This is largely down to the sizzling chemistry between Clooney and Lopez, as well as the impeccable writing by Elmore Leonard.
George Clooney plays career criminal Jack Foley. On the night he busts out of prison he is caught in the act, by total accident, by US Marshall Karen Cisco (Jennifer Lopez). He kidnaps her and whilst they are both stuck in the boot of the getaway car, there is some subtle flirting going on. Enough for Cisco to wonder who this Foley guy is.
Obviously this wouldn’t be a crime caper with out ‘one last job’. Foley is planning a scam in Detroit, and guess who has been assigned to watch him? You guessed it, Karen Cisco. This sounds like simplistic story telling but it’s a whole lot more than that. There are numerous characters drifting in and out of each others lives, including some bad-asses after Foley and his potential windfall.
The scene at the heart of the movie though, is the hotel meeting between Clooney and Lopez. It is the most famous scene of the movie and is intense. And all it is, is two people sat at a table having a drink, mixed with some hotel room tomfoolery. Any other film and we have seen it all a million times, but this is different. The chemistry is amazing, the snowfall outside of the glass walled hotel is beautiful, the music fits perfectly. It’s worth watching the film just for this scene.
Out of Sight, directed by a lesser talent than Soderbergh, could have just been another standard crime film. But, with it’s non linear story telling, it’s comedic elements and the aforementioned chemistry, it is an absolute treat that I could watch over and over.