Logan Lucky 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review
I don’t think anybody expected Steven Soderbergh to stay retired for long and to mark his return, Soderbergh went back to a genre he knows well with LOGAN LUCKY. There’s a gag towards the end of the film where the gang of thieves in LOGAN LUCKY are referred to as “Ocean’s 7-11” and that’s a pretty fitting joke since the characters in LOGAN LUCKY are similar to the characters in Soderbergh’s OCEAN’S 11 films except instead of being rich and classy, they’re poor and trashy. Apart from a few jokes and some clever directing, LOGAN LUCKY plays out like a typical heist film and they pedestrian nature of LOGAN LUCKY is what’s most disappointing.
Jimmy Logan (Tatum) is a down on his luck construction worker that’s sick of his bad luck and even more sick of not being able to provide for his daughter. After a recent layoff, Jimmy hatches a plan to rob the Charlotte Speedway during a low-key event. To help him with his plan, he enlists the help of his trusty brother Clyde (Driver), his sister Mellie (Riley Keough) and an explosives expert, Joe (Criag). But their situation is not so simple because Joe happens to be in prison. But Jimmy has it all figured out, as long as he can find a way to break Joe out of prison, deal with Joe’s idiot brothers and manage an accelerated timeline.
One way to derail a good heist film is to have the characters involved in the heist acquire knowledge in unexplained ways. That happens too often in LOGAN LUCKY where Jimmy happens to know something or has something planned despite the audience not really understanding how he would or could know it. I wouldn’t say it’s a habitual problem, but it happens enough to where I began questioning why Jimmy was a poor construction worker when he was obviously a brilliant criminal. I did like the somewhat original setting of a heist film and it created a lot of funny situations for the unique group of characters.
Adam Driver as Clyde was easily the best part of the film, mainly because of how dry Driver portrayed Clyde. The character felt like someone out of a Coen Brothers’ movie and I found myself laughing at everything he said. Although Daniel Craig has received plenty of praise for his turn as Joe, I actually found him to be out of place. I bought Tatum, Driver and Keough as helpless white trash, but I didn’t buy it with Craig. Whether it was his struggle to hide his English accent or just his overall demeanor, Craig wasn’t a good fit. As for Tatum, he basically played his normal character but with a slight Southern accent. Tatum and Soderbergh have become a surprise duo, but they usually work well together.
There’s nothing bad about LOGAN LUCKY. The cast does a decent job and Soderbergh is an efficient director, but with Soderbergh behind the camera and this cast in front of it, I was hoping for more than a standard heist film.
4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW
Video: LOGAN LUCKY is a sharp looking 4K UHD and the bright settings come through nicely in the new format. This is obviously sourced direct from a 4K master and the result is a crystal clear video. As with most 4K’s, the closeups display better facial details and the clothing and settings look clearer and more defined. The highlight of the 4K transfer for me came with the underground tunnel scenes, where backgrounds were more prevalent, thanks in large part to the HDR. There’s nothing in LOGAN LUCKY that’s particularly eye-pleasing or that you’ll want to show off to your friends, but this is still a very nice transfer.
Audio: Surprisingly, there’s no Dolby Atmos or DTS X track included, only the same DTS track from the Blu-ray.
This title was reviewed using a Samsung UBD-K8500 with a Sony XBR75X850C TV.
The 4K UHD does not contain any exclusive features, but it does include a Blu-ray of the film, which includes the following special features:
Deleted Scenes (3:50)