WHOEVER HAS THE MONEY HAS THE POWER.
After surviving a horrible car crash (that he caused), Chris Pratt (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is rehabilitating back into society… but his brain injury makes him an easy target for a gang of criminals. Scott Frank’s directing debut is a taut thriller about the preparations for and subsequent execution of a bank robbery in a small town, but above all it is a touching, well-written portrayal of a young man whose life was shattered. Trying to put it back together is a steep climb uphill; when the robbery goes down, the director uses Chris’s condition in effective ways to elevate tension. Excellent performances, especially by Gordon-Levitt and Jeff Daniels.
2007-U.S. 102 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Laurence Mark, Walter F. Parkes. Written and directed by Scott Frank. Music: James Newton Howard. Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Chris Pratt), Jeff Daniels (Lewis), Matthew Goode (Gary Spargo), Isla Fisher, Carla Gugino, Bruce McGill.
Trivia: Sam Mendes and David Fincher were allegedly considered for directing duties.
Last word: “I’m thinking this guy there’s no way but I liked the way he looked. He’s a good looking guy and he had great energy and there was danger and sexuality and all the things I was looking for. Then he turned it on. This accent that was flawless. It didn’t get in the way of his acting the way those kinds of things frequently do and he was amazing. He was just amazing. I sort of had a different idea in my head about the character and I kept bringing him back because I needed to slowly…I couldn’t stop thinking about what he was doing and really liked his performance and not once during the shoot did I ever, ever have to police that accent.” (Frank on Goode, Collider)
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