“ Genre: Crime & Thriller - Thriller / Theatrical Release: 1998 / Director: Steven Soderbergh / Actors: George Clooney, Jim Robinson ... / DVD released 02 September, 2002 at Universal Pictures UK / Features of the DVD: Dubbed, PAL, Widescreen „
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Out of sight is a film that I am a bit unsure how to classify into a particular genre. While the plot is a crime thriller, there is also a strong romantic backdrop that is equally important to how the film progresses.
It stars two big names. George Clooney is a bank robber, Jack Foley, who specialises in non-violence. With only words, he has pulled off many bank robberies, only getting caught because his partner in crime, Buddy Bragg (Ving Rhames) feels the need to confess his sins to his sister, and she has reported them to the police.
When we see Foley in prison, he is seen to be a fairly good prisoner working at gaining parole. However, he uses his charm to trick a guard, and manages to tag onto a prison escape. While the other escapee's are chasing around without a plan, he has arranged a lift, and the only problem is that an FBI agent, Karen Sisco(Jennifer Lopez) , is just arriving at the prison as he leaves the tunnel and she tries to stop him. His partner Buddy helps Foley take Karen hostage, and they end up trapped together in the boot of the escape car.
They have an intense conversation and have a lot of Chemistry between them. When they seperate, both cannot stop thinking of the other, and she goes out of her way to track him down, while he goes out of his way to be in places she might be, taking the risk she might actually arrest him.
What follows is a thrilling game of cat and mouse, where you are left wondering how far their relationship can go, and if Foley is genuinely bad.
This film was another odd one for me. I normally like a bit of Clooney and Lopez, so the two together are a good combination for me. They both show they can really act in here, and she is not too pouty and pretty for the role. She is actually very tough in the role, although wears some non-believable outfits at times, such as the skirt with thigh high split worn when she is being kidnapped that flashes a good amount of leg. Not something I personally would wear as a FBI agent going to a prison full of male criminals. I've mostly seen J-Lo before in films such as Maid in Manhattan, The Wedding Planner, Shall we Dance and other such films where she plays a very similar type of character and they don't show her acting skills off quite as well. Here, yes there is a love plot, but it is not a romantic comedy by any stretch of the imagination.
Clooney is excellent, but then again, he rarely has a duff one for me, unless it is something too serious like Three Kings. He has charm in bucketloads again in this film, and though he is playing a criminal, I do feel he has a heart and you can see that in the way he acts. Foley is not a 'fluffy' character though, as he can also act in ways I would never personally condone. By the end of the film, I was sad for how his fate turned out.
The film is based upon a book of the same name written by Elmore Leonard, an American novelist and screenwriter responsible for other great plots like Get Shorty and Jackie Brown. It was directed by Steven Soderbergh, who has subsequently worked with Clooney in the Oceans trilogy, and in Solaris, and it is a pairing that seems to work very well.
The start of the film had me convinced that I had seen at least part of the film before. When Clooney holds up a bank by passing a note to the cashier, which is asking for the money he wants to steal, I was having a strong sense of having seen this before. As the film went on, I am pretty convinced that I haven't, which must mean that I have seen the same idea or something very similar used in another film. I don't like lazy plotting like this when I see it, but as I can't remember which other film I have seen it in, then I can't really say it is a direct copy, or if it is the original, so I can't really hold it against the film. Perhaps it is just because Foley is very like the Danny Ocean character from the Oceans series of films.
I don't particularly remember the soundtrack standing out in any way to me, and I also found some of the scenes to be shot in a strange way. We watched this one on my husband's laptop while we were away on holiday, and at first, I thought the DVD had stuck, as what we saw on screen appeared to be frozen while the sound continued. It was however still moving, but just very slowly and was obviously intentional to add to the mood and tension in the story, but it was just a little annoying to me. Maybe i'm just uncultured though.
Overall, I felt this film was good, but not outstanding. Having watched it once, I am not keen to rush out and watch it again immediately, but I wouldn't turn it over if it appeared on the telly one night. It has left me still thinking George Clooney is good to watch, and made me see there is a bit more to J-Lo, and that wasn't just the extra flashes of leg as she tried to work in inappropriate attire.
Out Of Sight is a mature crime thriller with electric sexual chemistry between its two leads, George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, it shows off the director's ability to give us snappy and entertaining thrillers that use background music and their cast very well.
In many ways, it's sort of an early test run for Soderbergh's remake of Ocean's Eleven, with him using Clooney here as the smooth talking bank robber always looking for the next big loot. His portrayal of Jack Foley is so close to that of Danny Ocean a few years later that it's no wonder Soderbergh chose him. Foley's right hand man is Buddy (Ving Rhames), equally smooth but in a very stereotypically 'Don't mess with the black street hood' kind of way, and the pair of them inject a little comedy into proceedings whenever they are on screen. The basic premise of the film revolves around a secret stash of over $5 million dollars worth of uncut diamonds that a con has hidden away somewhere. Equally keen to get his hands on the loot is the very dangerous Maurice Miller (Don Cheadle - oh look, another ocean's Eleven actor!), and the film involves a lot of macho standoffs between Miller and Foley and their respective associates.
Although this is technically the main plot, the real pull of the film is the love story that attaches itself to it. Jennifer Lopez plays federal marshall Karen Sisco, but when she comes across Foley, not only is her curiosity peaked, but his is too. The pair of them spend the entire film trying to explain to the other that, were circumstances different, they would have enjoyed time together, but as their respective 'jobs' clash (crim vs marshall) then the curiosity will just have to stay. The film sees the two of them meeting randomly before having to part, trust definitely not an option, and the chemistry when they do is electric. Soderbergh manages to inspire the two of them to flirt outrageously without being over the top, and they do so brilliantly, mainly through the use of the facial expressions. There is genuine lust in the characters' eyes.
The way the plot develops is also quite clever. Soderbergh uses flashbacks quite well. Without them, we would probably just have an entertaining crime thriller on our hands, but with them, he manages to develop the characters quite well, so that we as viewers get to see what it is they're all planning for. There are also a few twists along the way, which may not have been quite so effective had the timeline been followed strictly as opposed to the back and forth we get with this.
It's the sort of film you do have to pay some kind of attention to. If you're not watching closely, then you'll miss a lot of the magic it brings, with Clooney and Lopez particularly. This was really the big break for Clooney as a film actor. He already had the strong platform from ER, but this cemented him as a charismatic big screen actor. Conversely, this could have made Lopez as well, but it didn't, at least not on the big screen. She had a few successes afterwards, and had already done some decent work before, but this was really the highlight of her big screen outings, with the music business catching her eye. I thought she had great potential following this and could have gone on to much bigger and better things, but the music beckoned and she was relatively successful with that, too.
Soderbergh, too, benefited from this, and it paved the way for him to be able to release some of his more recent gems, including Ocean's Eleven, for which he brought back Clooney and Cheadle. The director's ability to make the screen sizzle is on show here, and in a career which is rather like a rollercoaster of successes and flops with his films, this is definitely one of the best he has done. Out Of Sight is quirky, sassy and the sexual chemistry is immense between its two leads. Highly recommended.
Having enjoyed George Clooney as a 'master criminal' in the three 'Ocean' films and having not seen this when it came out, it did not take long for me to be persuaded that this was worth paying £2 for when I saw it in the bargain DVD section of my local Asda. Clooney plays a bank robber who escapes early in the film, but not before almost being recaptured by a federal marshal, played by Jennifer Lopez. This encounter leaves a strong impression on both of them, and the two meet again on several occasions during the film, as Clooney heads north to complete that one last big job before giving up a life of crime for good.
This is certainly an enjoyable movie, although I wouldn't put it in the same category as the Ocean films, expecially Ocean's Eleven. At times it can be a bit plodding, and although Jennifer Lopez is nice to look at, she does come across as a bit wooden at times, and I am not entirely convinced that the desired on screen chemistry with Clooney is achieved. There are also, as always, some moments when suspension of disbelief is required if you are really going to buy into the way the storyline develops.
However there are also some very good aspects to the film - Clooney is excellent throughout, and director Steven Soderbergh switches expertly between past and present to explain how all the main characters got to know each other,without it ever being confusing as is the case in some other movies which use this tecnnique. At times he also even manages to inject some humour into what is essentially a thriller. The supporting cast is also strong, and we even get a a cameo from Michael Keaton as Lopez's dodgy boyfriend. I probably would not have given it a second thought had it been £5 or more, but for a couple of quid I managed to have an enjoyable Saturday night in, and really at that price even if it is not the best film you have ever seen, you are unlikely to feel cheated!
Jack Foley (played by George Clooney) is a bank robber who makes a failed get-away from a robbery and ends up in jail from where he escapes only to get caught again by Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez). Jack and his accomplice Buddy Bragg (Ving Rhames) take Karen hostage by bundling her into the boot of a car in order to avoid jail but she escapes. During jack and Karen's time in the trunk they form an attraction to one another and the remainder of the film revolves around their struggle between attraction and being on opposite sides of the law.
There were rumours after shooting that the 2 leads did not get on during the making of this film but you would never have guessed from watching it. The chemistry between the two is electric and both give very good performances.
The script (based on an Elmore Leonard novel) is witty and entertaining and the direction by Steven Soderbergh is top notch. The pace is slow boiled but this is perfect for the film and the development of Jack and Karen's strange relationship. There are also 2 uncredited cameos by Michael Keaton and Samuel L Jackson. Jackson is superfluous but Keaton is very entertaining as an FBI agent.
This must be the best acting performance that Jennifer Lopez has managed in her acting career, admitttedly the bar has not been set very high based on her other roles that I have seen her in but in this film alongside the lovely George Clooney she puts in a good performance in what is a rather good film.
The two lead stars have real chemistry on screen which may actually be more of a testament to Georgous George ability rather than J-Lo but give credit where credit is due she does a good job.
This is an entertaining action thriller with Clooney playing bank robber Jack Foley and while escaping from prison he takes as a hostage FBI agent Karen Sisco (Lopez). Needing one last big score before he flees the country he targets the diamond stash of a fellow inmate however there is also a rather viscious rival played by Don Cheadle who is also on the trail of the diamonds and of course he is being pursued by Lopez and the FBI despite the growing relationship between the two.
There is a nice blend of action and comedy in this film, some of it is told by flash backs which do get a bit confusing but overall the film works really well and is an entertaining romp which was made in the late nineties before Lopez went on to appear in some total turkies.
Out of Sight
Out of sight was directed by Steven Sodberbergh in 1998 who later went on to direct the highly successful Erin Brockovich and Oceans 11,12 and 13. This was a film that also helped propel the fantastic George Clooney's film career as well as a step into films for Jennifer Lopez. To be honest I think its the only decent film Jennifer Lopez has done. It was actually nominated for two Oscars for best screen play and best film editing as well as being nominated for other various awards. The direction and nature of the film can be mirrored in the later Oceans triology.
Why watch it?
The advantages of watching this film are that it has some pretty high ranking Hollywood stars in it, the screenplay is known to be well written and it's a generallly good action thriller. If you are into the Oceans franchise you will appreciate this 1998 offering. I must admit the first time I decided to watch this film with my friends was not because of the various nominations but the fact that George Clooney was in it. I used to be a big fan of all the ER seasons that he used to be in. There is a good chemistry between George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez even though off camera it was the opposite. It is also one of those films that was directed and produced in a different way to the norm of the late 90s.
In the film George plays a bank robber name Jack Foley who attempts to escape from a Florida prison and Jennifer Lopez who plays FBI agent Karen Sisco inadvertently gets caught up in this escape. She ends up in the boot of the escape car squashed up next to Jack whilst he is escaping. You find out the two have a chemistry straight away and the film revolves around Jack on one last plan to raise a lot of cash and Karen Sisco chasing his tail. Jack has two right hand men in his group as they attempt to get this money.
The idea is that they are after a diamond stash from a wealthy businessman who ended up inside prison too. The film is different to others at the time in that it shows lots of flash back scenes to the prison to help you understand the storyline. Jack isn't the only one after the money as Snoopy Miller played by Don Cheadle who also appears in the Oceans 11/12/13 is a vicious criminal also after the rich guys loot. So it moves cities and the different groups plan how to get the loot. The question is who will get the loot and will Jack get caught and will he get the girl?
To me this film is enjoyable to watch the will they wont they romance angle between Jack and FBI agent Sisco who is on his tail. There are moments when the FBI close in but Karen freezes up and she also becomes obsessed by Jack even dreaming about him. In terms of watching it I like the way it shows us flashbacks of the events but it means you could have to watch it twice to get the plot. I also think one of the best things about the film is the actual script which is shown in its Academy nominations. The film is extremely cheap to buy now. The only disadvantages I can see are if you don't like crime thrillers with a comedy edge or if you don't like George Clooney. It is well worth watching and I would recommend owing your own dvd copy. You can pick this up from £2.99 at Play.com or £2.99 from Amazon but you need to add the delivery.
- Cast & Crew -
- Plot -
A bank robber by the name of Jack Foley, manages to escape from prison and ends up taking FBI agent Karen Sisco hostage in the trunk of a car as he makes his escape. Its during this time that they discover that they actually get along quite well and Karen is left feeling that there's a connection and attempts to track Jack down, as she becomes more intrigued by and interested in him, his background and why he does what he does and so on.
Will they manage to meet up again, can she track him down and what will happen when they do? you'll have to watch the movie to find out.
- Genre/Type of Movie -
This is a crime drama movie, though it isn't as dramatic as you might hope and is, for the most part, dialogue based.
- Thoughts & Opinions -
Judging by the star ratings given by other people on this site, im left wondering if I somehow didn't quite *get* this movie. Overall I wasn't really impressed at all. Anyway all I can say really are my own thoughts and opinions having seen the movie and thats what I'll cover.
To start with, I felt that there was alot of dialogue in this movie but there wasn't all that much action or particularly dramatic scenes, to keep the viewer interested. I thought that the story moved really quite slowly with not much plot progression.
I felt that this was a bland movie that lost my attention after about the first half hour or so, although George Clooney does alright as the wise talking criminal and Jennifer Lopez as the agent, I felt that there wasn't really enough to the story to keep me interested enough to make me feel particularly connected to, or interested in, the characters and if you don't particularly care, or are interested in, the characters, then really whats the point?
Sure the movie has a decent enough cast list, George and Jennifer do alright in their roles but just because of the actors and actresses present, I don't feel it was enough to really make this a particularly good movie. I know I say that there isn't much action (or certainly not in the mid part of the movie) and im aware that its not marketed specifically as an action movie, so perhaps you think that its not fair of me to state this as a criticism but I still feel that there has to be more to back up such a movie.
If the story had a bit more 'juice' to keep me interested, I quite possibly would have paid more attention and not started wondering how long was left before it would finish (I could have switched it off after an hour or so but I gave it the benefit of the doubt and decided to see it through to the end lol) but that wasn't the case. It is fair to say that, somewhat in the movies defence, the pace does hot up near the end of the movie as Foley tries to rescue his friend Midge at the end of a robbery gone bad situation but I really did feel like I had lost interest in it by the time this happened.
I'm sure some people will enjoy this, im thinking mainly George Clooney and/or Jennifer Lopez fans and fans of perhaps crime romance movies, if such a genre exists(?), maybe its bad of me to not be so interested in movies that rely alot on long winded dialogue and I like to see more visual elements to keep my interest but I think this isn't always the case, I like some dark comedy movies that don't feature much action but this just didn't seem to catch my interest much at all.
I can't help but feel like this had more potential in it but it wasn't fully realised and that was a disappointment in my eyes.
- Would I Recommend It? -
No, personally I wouldn't recommend this movie. To me, the story was a bit weak and slightly confusing in the middle and I didn't particularly feel a connection to, or interest in, either of the two main characters. There isn't a great deal of action and it just seems too plain, it actually struck me as more of a TV movie than a big Hollywood movie to be honest, though I know its ten years old but all the same, it just didn't interest me enough really.
Without George Clooney or Jennifer Lopez featuring in this movie, I don't know if there would be any reason to watch it. Perhaps I am being a bit unfair and these are only my opinions but personally I wasn't too keen on it and thought that overall it was a pretty weak movie and it just didn't capture my imagination or intrigued or even particularly interested me at all and on that basis, I wouldn't recommend it.
Remember this is only my review and im only stating what I think about it, so if you enjoyed the movie then thats fine but please just rate my review based on how useful you think it is for other people, don't rate me really badly because you disagree, as I say im only stating my personal opinion on it, which everyone is entitled to and I don't think it would be fair to rate me particularly low because of that. Thanks for reading my review and thanks for any and all r/r/c's, I appreciate it! I'll re-rate everyone as soon as possible, though I am fairly busy with Christmas stuff at the moment, I will re-rate everyone in time, I promise!
Also please be aware that this review, as about all my reviews will be, is posted on both Dooyoo and Ciao under my username which is the same name on both sites (IzzyS).
It's somehow fitting that the film which announced Steven Soderbergh's return as the king of cool is also one of the first DVDs that demonstrated how well Region 2 discs can match up to their American counterparts. This slick crime comedy marks George Clooney's star-making turn and boasts excellent support from Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames, Steve Zahn and- yes, even her- Jennifer Lopez. The soundtrack pulses with David Holmes' score (the man who also did the score for another Soderbergh masterpiece, Ocean's Eleven) and some funky sounds, while a clever colour code ensures the time-jumping plot never becomes confusing. Soderbergh's smooth visuals seem especially alive in the crystal-clear world of DVD, and the director teams with writer Scott Frank for a great commentary, dropping in gags and info without missing a beat. And there's a superb behind-the-scenes documentary too: listening to Soderbergh's insightful comments makes it easy to understand why he makes some of the most intelligent movies around. Here's a trivia fact: Sharp-eyed film fans with info-filled memories (like me) will notice that the mugshot in "Out Of Sight" of George Clooney's Jack Foley character is the exact same picture of Clooney's Seth Gecko character in "From Dusk Till Daen". "Doesn't even look like him," is Karen Sico's (Jennifer Lopez) dismissive comment. But the Best Extra about this superb disc is the "Inside Out Of Sight Featurette". In this interview-laden documentary, the actors and their director sidestep the usual talking-head spiel for a moment to rib him- and each other... George Clooney: Steven Soderbergh is, well, he's not really directing the film. Don Cheadle: We really have to hold his hand, mostly through the process. You know, he's young... Steve Zahn: Soderbergh's drunk, most of the time, so
there's a big, you know... he hasn't got much to give, other than at eight o'clock in hte morning. He might be okay for a half-hour. Cheadle: So we try to help him, but we can only do so much. A lot of times we just say: "Steve, just sit down. I'll direct this, I'll take this, you're a little rabbity." Steven Soderbergh: If you can get Don Cheadle in your movie, then you should get Don Cheadle in your movie. Jennifer Lopez: Who's Don Cheadle?
Out of Sight Much like Oceans 11 I had been looking forward to seeing Out of Sight as every article I’d read hyped it up as a great comedy/crime caper with great performances by the two main stars George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. Everywhere I turned I saw adverts, reviews, recommendations. So I was more than intrigued. Then the God of movie watching must have been feeling nice to me as he passed me a movie magazine that enabled me to get free tickets to see this film early at an advanced screening. (YAY, insert clapping smiley here). So off I toddle and get myself some tickets for a Sunday morning screening at 10:30. Elated wasn’t the word, not only was I looking forward to the film but I could see it early. :D So come the fateful day I walk to the bus stop in the freezing cold (I’m milking it here for the huge pay off you see ;) ) to catch the bus to Cambridge as I lived some 40 miles away from the Cinema. So I wait… ……….wait a bit more…… ……………………………. . Right where’s the phone box?. Why hasn’t my bus turned up?, I’m going to miss the film if it doesn’t hurry up. So I phone them up and it turns out the buses didn’t run on a Sunday. *sniff*, I’d missed the chance to see this film. So; dejected, angry and a little wet I turned around, walked home and moped for the rest of the day. (Insert smiley with violin here) Flash forward 6 or so months and I’ve just bought my first DVD player. Multi regional so I can get some of those new fangled shiny discs from America too. Hmm says I, what shall I order. Notices Out of Sight is coming out so I place my order. (Insert ridiculously happy smiley jumping up and down here). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ -------------------------------------------------- You’
ll be pleased to read I’ll shall now start to review the disc. DooYoo Reader: Bout bleedin’ time Rob! what is this an autobiography!! Out of Sight is your average crime thriller that succeeds where others merely ‘make do’. It’s not director Steven Soderbergh’s directorial debut, but it is seen as the film that put him on the road to the Hollywood success he is now enjoying. Soderbergh is quite well known for having different looks to his films for different stories/characters. Take a look at ‘Traffic’ as an example. In Out of Sight he uses the same technique only used to visually differentiate each location. So Detroit has a cold, stark blue look (or gun metal as he describes in the commentary) whilst Miami is vibrant, bright and colourful. It’s techniques like these which keep the viewer interested and elevates the film from it’s contemporaries. George Clooney plays Jack Foley. A con who having escaped from jail falls for the US Marshal that is trying to bust him (Jennifer Lopez). I don’t like giving too much away in regards to storylines as that is the whole fun of the movie, to see it all for yourself. What I will say is this isn’t your conventional thriller. For a start the narration chops and changes from past and present a lot. Which in my opinion always makes a movie stand up to repeated viewing. It may be confusing on first viewing but a second watch will clear anything up. This is essentially a love story at heart and Clooney and Lopez hit it off rather well. They have great onscreen chemistry. Clooney, despite being the bad guy is impossible not to like. He’s funny, dapper and can rob a bank with just a smile. That’s a talent. Lopez is also very good, I think she has made some rum movies lately and I class this as one of her best. Strong, independent and ballsy. The two are a perfect match. A bonus with this film is it’s
peppered with great support characters. Don Cheadle (also in Oceans 11) plays Maurice ‘Snoopy’ Miller, the real villain of the film. Basically a nasty piece of work but still great to watch. Two other favourite actors of mine Ving Rhames (Buddy Bragg) and Steve Zahn (Glenn Michaels) are also very funny in their roles of support to Foley. Buddy is Foley’s right hand man who helps him get out of jail in the first place. Michaels is the one they need yet can’t stand and as a result he gets a lot of insults thrown his way. There is also sterling turns from Catherine Keener, Dennis Farina, Albert Brooks, Isaiah Washington, Michael Keaton (who incidentally plays the same character he did in Jackie Brown) and Luis Guzman who plays the best Puerto Rican ever. Also watch out for a great cameo from someone I’m not going to say at the end of the film. Out of Sight is a very intelligent thriller, full of feel good moments. The one other element that lifts it above other films in it’s class is the amazing soundtrack. From Irish born David Holmes (who also did the music for Oceans 11) the whole film is full of vibrant bass lines, pulses and emotive riffs. I’m not very good at describing music but it has a quality all to it’s own and really helps in portraying the characters on screen as fun guys (and gals). Very unusual for a crime thriller but fantastic all the same. So onto the DVD: This was one of the first I ever bought and it was Region 1( American). You can buy this film on DVD over here and it’s identical to it’s American cousin. Picture is framed Anamorphically in Widescreen at 1.85:1 and is clear in everyway. I haven’t noticed any flaws or artefacts. Sound wise we get a full 5.1 Dolby Digital track which really supports David Holmes excellent score. There is a DTS disc available in America that I’m currently tracking down as no doubt it will sounds excellent. This American disc
also has Spanish and French surround tracks. The extras on this disc aren’t plentiful but worth checking out. The highlight of which has to be the Commentary by Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Frank. Both insightful and funny it’s great to hear what they have to say about the film. We also get an Out of Sight documentary. This is basically like your normal filler material but it is considerably longer than the 5 minute affairs we’re used too and a great deal more entertaining. We get to see interviews from all the major cast involved and lots of behind the scenes action. The documentary shows off how much fun it must have been to make the film, Clooney seems to be a right prankster and it’s quite amusing at times to watch. We also have some deleted scenes. Quite a few actually that explain a few plot points better and others that are just very funny. For instance Foley and Buddy pontificating the benefits of a nice hot bath. We also get the theatrical trailer and cast biographies an production notes. So not much all in all but still enough to satisfy. As this film is reasonably old, it was shown on terrestrial TV over Christmas, you should be able to find it knocking around a sale or bargain bin somewhere. If you do then pick it up as I’m sure it’ll be much happier sitting in your collection than a cold, dusty bin. So there you have it, despite the God (or should that be Devil) of movies taunting me with free tickets that I didn’t get to use. I can say that now I have seen the film; it’s lived up to every expectation and is one of my favourites. Preserved for life on an excellent DVD. If you don’t want to buy it then at least give it a rent or try and catch it next time it‘s on TV. (Insert final smug smiley here). :D
Out of Sight is a cruely ignored movie and one of the best to come out of hollywood in recent years. Thanks to it's disappointing box office it was also overlooked at the Oscars which is a crime. Directed By Steven Soderburgh, George Clooney plays Jack Foley, a charming bank robber who manages to commit his crimes with style never once using force or weapons to steal money. The opening scenes deal with how he does it. One time he screws up and is put in jail. Once inside he gets in on a scheme to break out with the help of his buddy associate Buddy Bragg (Ving Rhames). But on the breakout they have to kidnap a US Marshall Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez)and once inside the boot of a car Jack and Karen realize there's something between them whihc leads to a game of cat and mouse between a criminal and an federal agent who have feelings for each other. Out of Sight is one sexy movie with some very hot chemistry between Lopez and Clooney. Soderburgh shoots the film in a very warm and natural way that gives the film a very noir style that exudes cool. The performances are spot on with great supporting turns from the likes of Steve Zahn, Albert Brookes and Don Cheadle. As for the dvd, it's quite good. The film comes in 1.85:1 widescreen. The region 1 is anamorphic but the Region 2 is not. I know which one I'd go for and yes it doesn't have a 2 in it. The picture quaility is excellent with the warmth of the film's colour really shining. The sound is a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix that is quite solid. David Holmes score is well mixed and the gunplay and action is very active in the rears. There is also a DTS version on Region 1 but I haven't heard it so can't comment but I hear it is better. As for the extras well it's a case of quality over quantity. There is a 45 minute 'making of' documentary that covers a lot of the production with cast and crew interviews and lots of behind the scenes footag
e. The feature is also chaptered so you can skip to parts if you require. Next is a small collection of deleted scenes that contain nothing amazing but there is the full length version of the car boot scene between Jack and Karen. The film also has an audio commentary track with Soderburgh and writer Scott Frank. This is a great track as they discuss how they made the film what was changed in the script and what they had to change in the film after previewing the movie. Rounding out the dvd is the usual trailers, biographies and production notes as well as some simple but effective animated menus. I can't recommend this film enough. If you've liked most of the Elmore Leonard novel adaptations like Get Shorty and Jackie Brown then you're bound to love this.
Out of Sights main attribute is the smoldering sexual chemistry between the incredibly sexy Jennifer Lopez and equally powerful George Clooney.Very rarely do two actors click these days, and in this tale of bank robber on the run, the two are perfect. Clooney plays a career criminal who busts out of a Florida penitentiary. Federal Marshall Lopez just so happened to have been in the car park’s, the two opportunists bundle her into the getaway cars bonnet and make haste with their human shield. As the two tear off down the highway with the beautiful agent in the boot, they have to figure a plan to dump the girl. But theres one major complication, Clooney and Lopez have the hots for each other, but they wont own up. They dump her on the way to Miami and go in search of a cache of money that is owed to Clooney from a previous job on one of his many high profile raids. But hot on his tale are some serious bad guys who are interrupting his thoughts towards the sexy Latina. He decides opposites can attract, and tries to track down the Federal Marshall and see if the first sparks can turn into more. Kara (Lopez) is also thinking of Jack Foley and is closing in to the house in Miami where he’s hiding out with an old friend. But the bad guys to are close, and Agent Cisco may have more on her plate than she bargained for. The story is based loosely on a Elmore Leonard novel and is superbly crafted, with lavishly sexy performances from Lopez and Clooney.The film is very stylishly directed by Steven Soddenburgh and he makes an average story a real treat. The film is as smooth as chocolate and one suspects the twos chemistry was honed on and off the set. I have never seen to actors gel together like this for eons. The movie is also heavy on humor, which dissolves the pace and adrenaline of the excellent flick. But it’s a quality product that will leave you swooning over the two sexy leads, and atmospheric
feel. It’s a couple of years old now and you can rent it for little money. Well worth it for this less than globally warmed weekend.
I sadly missed this film on the big screen, but managed to pick up a copy of the video in a sale. I can see why the critics were raving about it at the time it was released - its a very cool movie. Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney hit it off perfectly, they do seem to have a certain chemistry between them that makes their on-screen sparring all the more believable. This is a very sexy film, no need for any showing of flesh, its the chemistry between the two that makes the movie so special. Clooney is superb as Jack Foley, the bank robber, while Lopez stars as Karen Sisco, a smart police officer who falls for Foley, despite trying to put him back behind bars. The film works well as a romantic action comedy, an unusual mix of genres that works surprisingly well.
It has the two most sexy stars currently in Hollywood, Jenifer (Latino Lovely) Lopez, and you the women George Clooney, and this is by far his best film, after the shocker of Batman and Robin. The film is basically a classic crime caper, with Jack Foley (Clooney) against Karen Sisco (Lopez)who is a Federal Mashal, who is instantly charmed by Jack, in the boot of a car. In her efforts to get her man, she must decide to let him go or get him. The film is split into flash backs and up to the minute, and it really benefits from it, as this is a clever sexy film. The film also has a brilliant soundtrack, which it suited to the film. If you want a clever underated film, don't let this one out of sight as it is really enjoyable, and you will be glad you did not miss it.
When you had Saving Private Ryan and Shakespeare In Love vying for Best Picture at the Oscars I couldn't help but wonder if this film would have been a contender had more people seen it. This was simply on of the best films of the year. Clooney and Lopez made the the screen sizzle with their hot chemistry. Right from the meeting in the car boot to the beautifully shot meeting in the hotel bar. It's an intrguing game of Cat and Mouse which is constantly entertaining througout with a will she/won't she motive running through. THe couple are supported excellently by Rhames who once again proves he is one of the best supporting actors out there. The show is stealed though everytime by Steve Zahn as Glenn who is just halarious throughout. The script jumps from palce to place and the direction and smooth soundtrack just makes everything cool. CHeck out the dvd with an excellent making of and commentary but beware dvd purists as the R2 version is not anamorphic unlike it's R1 counterpart
Jack Foley, a multiple bank robber, escapes from jail for what he hopes is the last time taking Federal Marshall Karen Sisco prisoner in the process. Sisco is determined to catch him but from their first meeting the pair become increasingly attracted. This unlikely romance is the film's focal point and is played out against Foley's attempt at one final score. Out of Sight is the very epitome of cool. The movie is slick, sexy and confident, traits that are embodied in the two leads played to perfection by George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez and in Steven Soderbergh's direction. Scott Frank's screenplay is worthy of note but owes much to the source material, a novel by Elmore Leonard (renowned for his use of dialogue and great characters). The quality of acting in Out of Sight is amazing with George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez so into their characters that it's easy to forget that they are actors playing roles. They are accompanied by a wealth of talent including Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames, Albert Brooks and Dennis Farina. Steve Zahn is worthy of special mention as Glenn Michaels. The film is also very funny, not playing for big laughs but packed with a wealth of small and usually endearing jokes and subtle humour. Accompanied by a healthy (but thankfully not overstated) sense of itself, the humour helps to avert the possibility of lapsing into the dullness or cliche that a more straight faced treatment would have probably led to. Overall a superb film and one with enough going for it to make it well worth a repeat viewing. Incidentally for DVD fans, the Region 2 DVD is well worth a look with plenty of stuff on it to keep you interested long after the movie's over.
Out of Sight was one of the best movies of 1998 but ironically this superior crime comedy was a box-office disappointment. Fortunately the movie can enjoy a long life on home video and DVD, where it can be savoured by anyone who missed its original release. Making one of his strongest films since his 1989 debut Sex, Lies, and Videotape and his recent hit Erin Brockovich, director Steven Soderbergh pays tribute to the signature wit and intricacy of Elmore Leonard's novel, brilliantly adapted by Scott Frank, the gifted screenwriter who previously adapted Leonard's Get Shorty. The movie is primarily a showcase for the talent and chemistry of George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez, respectively playing a career bank robber who has escaped from jail and the federal agent who falls for his charms while tracking him down. Soderbergh directs with confident visual flair, shifting timelines (à la Pulp Fiction) to weave together subplots and maintain vivid focus on Leonard's splendid characters and smooth-as-silk dialogue. While the sexy repartée between Clooney and Lopez recalls the vintage interplay of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Ving Rhames and Steve Zahn add ample comic relief as Clooney's accomplices. Dennis Farina is memorable as Lopez's father and Albert Brooks is almost unrecognisable as a Wall Street crook whose mansion--and a cache of uncut diamonds--provides the setting for the film's climactic caper. As orchestrated by Soderbergh, the film offers a feast of plot twists and surprises but it never loses track of its delightful characters and the clever wit that brings them so vividly to life. --Jeff Shannon