A cou­ple of un­likely red­neck mas­ter­minds pull off an en­ter­tain­ing crime-filled ca­per from the di­rec­tor of Ocean’s Eleven, as Da­mon smith dis­cov­ers

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Crime still pays for Os­car-win­ning film­maker Steven Soder­bergh, di­rec­tor of Ocean’s Eleven and its se­quels, in this crim­i­nally en­ter­tain­ing ca­per, which sac­ri­fices plau­si­bil­ity for quirky char­ac­ters and gen­er­ous belly laughs. The un­likely mas­ter­minds of Lo­gan Lucky are down­trod­den red­neck brothers, whose hare-brained scheme makes one con­vict snort “You must be as sim­ple­minded as peo­ple say!”

“Peo­ple say that?” re­tort the lov­able sib­lings in stereo.

Rebecca Blunt’s lean script en­gi­neers un­ex­pected twists and some slickly or­ches­trated set-pieces within a com­pact two-hour run­ning time. Sim­i­lar­i­ties to Soder­bergh’s other films are in­evitable and Blunt play­fully ad­dresses the is­sue via a TV news re­port, which cutely nick­names the at­tempted rob­bery “Ocean’s 7-Eleven”, ref­er­enc­ing the chain of 24-hour con­ve­nience stores across Amer­ica.

Chan­ning Ta­tum and Adam Driver are a win­ning com­bi­na­tion as the blue col­lar thieves, who be­lieve they can out­wit the au­thor­i­ties, aided by a colour­ful sup­port­ing turn from a heav­ily tat­tooed Daniel Craig and a hit-or-miss south­ern ac­cent.

His ex­ag­ger­ated drawl is pitch per­fect, how­ever, next to Seth Macfar­lane’s por­trayal of an ob­nox­ious Bri­tish bil­lion­aire.

Vow­els and con­so­nants are stran­gled to the toe-curl­ing limit: he is the film’s glar­ing comic mis­fire. Con­struc­tion worker Jimmy Lo­gan (Ta­tum), a one-time star foot­baller way­laid by in­jury, loses his job on the same day he learns that his ex-wife Bob­bie Jo (Katie Holmes) in­tends to re­lo­cate to Lynch­burg with her new beau.

The move from West Vir­ginia will make it dif­fi­cult for Jimmy to see his pageant queen daugh­ter Sadie (Far­rah Macken­zie), and he threat­ens le­gal ac­tion. Jimmy chan­nels his frus­tra­tion into plan­ning a heist with his one-armed brother Clyde (Driver). Their tar­get: Char­lotte Mo­tor Speed­way in North Carolina.

Cash from the con­ces­sions stands is de­posited through­out the day us­ing a net­work of pneu­matic tubes and the Lo­gans are con­vinced they can break into the vault dur­ing a 600-mile race on Memo­rial Day fea­tur­ing Nas­car driver Day­ton White (Se­bas­tian Stan).

The brothers visit con­victed safe­cracker Joe Bang (Craig) and prom­ise to spring him out of jail for the day to ac­cess the vault.

To pro­tect his cut, Joe in­sists his numb­skull brothers Fish (Jack Quaid) and Sam (Brian Glee­son) take part in the rob­bery.

“All the Twit­ters, I know ‘em,” boasts Fish, who claims to be a com­puter wizard. Jimmy and Clyde’s beautician sis­ter Mel­lie (Ri­ley Keough) be­comes a will­ing ac­com­plice and the lu­di­crous scheme swings into ac­tion.

Lo­gan Lucky gam­bles on the in­nate charm and like­abil­ity of the prin­ci­pal cast, and they du­ti­fully steal our af­fec­tions. Snappy edit­ing main­tains a brisk pace and di­a­logue is pep­pered with some amus­ing one-lin­ers (“Are you one of them Un­abomber types?”; “I looked it up on the Google”.)

The script plays up hill­billy stereo­types be­fore Soder­bergh sub­verts them for his tan­ta­lis­ing fi­nale which in­ti­mates this isn’t the last we have seen of these lightfin­gered dream­ers.

Lo­gan Lucky (12A) is re­leased on Fri­day, Au­gust 25.

Above Daniel Craig as Joe Bang, Chan­ning Ta­tum as Jimmy Lo­gan and Adam Driver as Clyde Lo­gan are joined by Ri­ley Keough as Mel­lie Lo­gan, below, in Lucky Lo­gan

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