STEVEN SODERBERGH’S OUT OF SIGHT — A MINI-REVIEW BY NICK CLEMENT

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Out of Sight remains one of eclectic filmmaker Steven Soderbergh’s most entertaining films, with all sorts of humor and sexiness and crime movie genre tropes running up against each other and culminating in a tasty brew of artistically-minded commercial cinema. Released to outstanding reviews but lukewarm box office back in June of 1998, Scott Frank’s hilarious and beautifully constructed screenplay (an adaptation of Elmore Leonad’s novel) was a perfect match for Soderbergh’s jazzy directorial style, with Elliot Davis’ darting camerawork and the sharp editing patterns of Anne V. Coates in complete aesthetic harmony. George Clooney’s magnetic lead performance was bolstered by a supremely awesome supporting cast including a never-better Jennifer Lopez, Dennis Farina, Michael Keaton, Don Cheadle, Luis Guzman, Steve Zahn, Ving Rhames, Isaiah Washington, Catherine Keener, Nancy Allen, Viola Davis, Paul Calderon, and the rather brilliant Albert Brooks. The soundtrack by David Holmes is an all-timer, the chemistry between Clooney and Lopez was palpable and juicy, and the film’s mixing of comedy and violence is smart, artful, and sophisticated.
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