Cash­ing in on crack­ing cast

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ev­ery­thing from a down­beat tone to Clyde’s pros­thetic hand.

But it’s a barely recog­nis­able Craig that swipes the movie from un­der­neath ev­ery­one else; with bleached blonde hair and camp de­liv­ery, the Ch­ester-born star hams it up in a reve­la­tory per­for­mance that sug­gests a hugely promis­ing ca­reer in a va­ri­ety of gen­res when he fi­nally hangs up Bond’s tuxedo.

Soder­bergh is no stranger to mas­sive en­sem­ble casts and around ev­ery cor­ner of Lucky Lo­gan there’s a recog­nis­able face adding to the well-paced hi­lar­ity, in­clud­ing Katie Holmes, Seth MacFar­lane and Brian Glee­son.

Only Hi­lary Swank feels a little out of place; her spe­cial agent bring­ing some dark­ness to pro­ceed­ings, but de­liv­er­ing a se­ri­ous­ness her co-stars re­frain from.

The heist it­self is a blast – at times lit­er­ally – and the back­drop of a busy NAS­CAR crowd and race works bril­liantly as a nice change from the usual fancy of­fice build­ing or iconic global land­mark-set raid we’ve be­come fa­mil­iar with.

Blunt knows how to throw up a sur­prise or two and we face an anx­ious wait to dis­cover if Jimmy and Clyde get to hap­pily ride off into the sun­set much richer sib­lings.

Lo­gan Lucky is Soder­bergh’s most crowd­pleas­ing film since the first Ocean’s hit 16 years ago and only 2013’s Side Ef­fects matches it on the qual­ity scale in the in­ter­ven­ing years.

If the 54-year-old is in­deed back in the di­rec­tor’s chair for the long haul, then let’s hope he can main­tain this cre­ative spark and go on an­other run of fine form to match his early work.

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