Friday, March 30, 2007
There are two movies at war in The Lookout. The first is a methodical look at the life of a young man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) managing a handful of mental disabilities after a serious car crash. The second is about that same sweet-natured guy taken advantage of by a group of hoodlums who know he works at a bank. They want access to the vault, and they first seduce and then coerce him into playing lookout while they do the job. The first story dominates the first half, the second the last half. Both are equally well-told, but fans of one may be distracted or bored by the other.