• James Rutherford

‘Out of Sight’: A Wry and Alluring 90’s Era Crime Comedy from Steven Soderbergh


Movie poster for the film Out of Sight starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez

“Out of Sight” (1998) is a winsome and wholly entertaining crime comedy starring George Clooney as Jack Foley, a career bank robber who is arrested after a failed heist in the film’s opening sequence. After subsequently absconding from prison, Foley and U.S. Marshal Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez) engage in an alluring game of cat-and-mouse, as Foley scrambles northward toward Detroit.


Initially eluding Sisco in Florida with the aid of his accomplices Buddy (Ving Rhames) and Glenn (Steve Zahn), Foley hones in on the personal cache of diamonds owned by former prison-mate Richard Ripley (Albert Brooks). Unbeknownst to Foley, Maurice “Snoopy” Miller (Don Cheadle) and his roughneck crew harbor similar intentions for Ripley’s valuables—leading to a fierce yet darkly comical convergence of all four central parties.


Directed by Steven Soderbergh (“Sex, Lies, and Videotape”, “Ocean’s Eleven”) and based on the novel by Elmore Leonard, ‘Out of Sight’ is a spirited tale of crime and passion, imbued throughout with wonderfully droll humor and engaging characterizations. Clooney and Lopez generate palpable energy in their fleeting moments of interplay, helping to bring this enticing neo-classic to full cinematic fruition.

 

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