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Out Of Sight

George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez may draw us into Out of Sight which is based on the novel by Elmore Leonard, but Scott Frank's screenplay and Steven Soderbergh's direction will drive us out.

Using a plodding, drab, dull process filled with long, boring scenes of dialogue with little significance to the movement of the plot Soderbergh destroys any potential that existed.  Jack Foley (Clooney) is a cheap but confident bank robber.  Karen Sisco (Lopez) is a federal marshal who stumbles into Foley's escape from the Glades Correction Institution and is captured by Foley and Buddy Bragg (Ving Rhames).  We are expected to believe that Sisco is suddenly and completely so smitten with Foley, that she looks the other way rather than capturing him and then he is willing to place himself in harm's way to keep her around.

Help with comedy is provided by Steve Zahn, a stoned car thief along with a host of other inept villains with names like Chino, Lulu and Pup, who run in out of the story and block Foley and Buddy from securing a cache of rough cut diamonds held by wealthy former prisoner Richard Ripley (Albert Brooks) who keeps hairpieces in his safe.

With little to tell, style dominates.  Stop motion and flashbacks along with thoughts that float across the screen in interesting sequences are spectacular.  All the creative ideas are process, few are substance.  Without a foundation, Clooney and Lopez are unimportant shadows on a creative tapestry; but who cares?

Out Of Sight


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