When it comes to subgenres of films, none goes more overlooked than the heist genre. You can’t tell me you don’t like heist films; I just won’t believe you. There’s nothing like seeing eleven dudes helmed by George Clooney and Brad Pitt jack a ridiculous amount of cash from Terry Benedict’s casino. Just like there’s nothing like watching Ansel Elgort whipping Vin Diesel bootleg turns in his little Honda Civic; or Rob De Niro talking to an empty telephone in Heat. From the planning to the execution, these heist films keep you on the edge of your seat. Now the films listed before (Ocean’s Eleven, Baby Driver, Hear) are all great, don’t get me wrong, but the most underrated, and my favorite out of the heist genre is none other than Logan Lucky.
Now, Logan Lucky and Ocean’s Eleven are very similar in tone, I mean they’re directed by the same guy. Some even go as far as calling Logan Lucky “Ocean’s Seven/Eleven”. A rather fitting name if I do say so myself. A big difference being, the Ocean’s movie takes place in the vibrant city of Las Vegas, with the roaring of casino floors and slot machines, while Logan Lucky takes place right next to John Denver’s “Country Road” in West Virginia, you can smell the Grizzly chew and Coors Light just from watching. If that isn’t enough to sell you, Channing Tatum’s Jimmy Logan is the main character, and supporting him is a one-armed Adam Driver, and James Bond (Daniel Craig) doing his best impression of Peyton Manning with the IQ of Stephen Hawking; who’s name, Joe Bang, is an innuendo in it of itself. Just when you thought it couldn’t get anymore redneck than this, they rob a NASCAR race. Good ol’ Americana.
Not only is there an awesome heist in this, but it also blends other genres along the way. There’s a prison break-out, family drama, action, fighting, and there isn’t anything better than some backwoods comedy. It’s awesome. Seth McFarlane plays a racer with a British accent. I know that must’ve piqued your interest. I digress. The greatest part about this entire movie is Steven Soderbergh. Like with Ocean’s Eleven, he does things that confuse you at first, but as the story progresses, the more it opens up to you. The planning of the heist, the execution, the conclusion, is all brought home perfectly, brought to life by this incredible cast. And yes, everyone’s southern accents may be off-putting at first, but once you buckle in and enjoy it for what it is, the following 120 minutes will go by faster than Jimmie Johnson at Daytona.