Joseph Gordon-Levitt played the argot-spouting teenage gumshoe who held the excellent Brick together; now he’s back for more crime with a noirish thriller about a guy with brain damage who is drawn into a heist. A former college hockey star, Chris Pratt (Gordon-Levitt) had a serious car accident, and now he can’t keep his “sequencing” straight, he’s rooming with a blind man (Jeff Daniels), and instead of living high off fat cat daddy’s dough, he’s mopping floors at the local farm bank. Enter no-goodnick Gary Spargo (Matthew Goode), with a dame named Luvlee Lemons (Isla Fisher) and a goon called Bone in tow. There’s more than a little After Dark, My Sweet in this tale, and Gordon-Levitt sells his character’s frustrating, infuriating brain malfunctions. In the end, I found The Lookout too pat and tidy; it’s slick but forgettable. Marcy enjoyed it a good deal more than me so she’s handling official About.com review duties. The Lookout opens on Friday.
The Lookout. Scott Frank, 2007. ***