Puts butt on line
Under the laser- sharp direction of the prolific filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, Mike’s journey towards achieving a true sense of self as trite as it might initially seem is an engrossing and insightful one.
Particularly when contrasted with the plight of Adam ( Alex Pettyfer), a young drifter recruited into the Xquisite stable by Mike himself.
Still a kid in so many ways, Adam buys into the high life so heavily he’s set to pay the price of a crashing low.
There is also a romantic sub- plot thrown into the mix. Mike slowly falls for Adam’s no- nonsense sister Brooke ( Cody Horn) but even this aspect of the picture comes off as anything but obligatory.
Tatum and Horn have a natural chemistry that is a pleasure to witness, as is the hazy Instagram shimmer of the cinematography ( expertly shot by Peter Andrew and Soderbergh himself).