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Steven Soderbergh 's Out of Sight is a crime movie less interested in crime than in how people talk, flirt, lie and get themselves into trouble. Elmore Leonard novel, it relishes Leonard's deep comic ease; the characters mosey through scenes existing primarily to savor the dialogue.
The story involves a bank robber named Foley (. George Clooney )and a federal marshal named Sisco (.
Jennifer Lopez ) who grow attracted to each other while they're locked in a car trunk. Life goes on, and in the nature of things, it's her job to arrest him. But several things might happen first.
Advertisement, this is the fourth recent adaptation of a Leonard novel, after GetShorty, Touch and, jackie Brown, and the most faithful to Leonard's style. What all four movies demonstrate is how useful crime is as lopez a setting for humancomedy.
For example: All caper movies begin with a self-contained introductorycaper that has nothing at all to do with the rest of the plot. A cop willdisarm a hostage, or a terrorist will plant a preliminary bomb. Out of Sightbegins with the most laid-back bank robbery you'd want to see, as Clooneysaunters up to a teller's window and politely asks, This your first time beingheld up?
How he cons the teller is one of the movie's first pleasures. Thepoint of the scene is behavior, not robbery.
It turns out that this robbery is not, in fact, self-contained-it leads out of and into something-and it's not even reallythe first scene. Out of Sight has a time line as complex. Pulp Fiction,although at first we don't realize that.
The movie's constructed likehypertext, so that, in a way, we can start watching at any point. It's like theold days when you walked into the middle of a film and sat there until somebodysaid, This is where we came.